What to Know About Thailand’s First-Ever Digital Art Festival at ICONSIAM

NFTs are the “it” thing in the art world right now, with seemingly everyone from established artists to major brands and sports leagues jumping on the trend. The word “NFT” was even named “World of the Year 2021” by Collins Dictionary.

If, for the very unlikely reason that you don’t know what an NFT is, they are essentially cryptographic tokens attached to digital media that verify the uniqueness and ownership of the item – they are “non-fungible “, which means that it is not possible to make a copy of it. Although most often used for static digital art jpegs, NFTs can technically be anything.

Once the world realized that digital assets could be made unique by creating NFTs, a massive windfall of auctions and exchanges created a booming market. For example, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s very first tweet sold for $2.9 million and Zoë Roth earned $473,000 from the sale of her original digital photograph used to create the “Disaster” meme. Girl”.

Photo: ICONSIAM

Today, Bangkok is hosting its first-ever digital art festival, aptly named the “Thailand Digital Arts Festival 2022” – much of which will be NFTs that can be purchased at auction. It is Asia’s first and largest digital art showcase, featuring over 1,400 works from a wide range of art categories, including paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, graphic design, street art, art toy photography, tattoo designs and fashion design, and you can buy many of these things through the event’s NFT art platform. All pieces will be physically exhibited in the Charoennakorn Hall (Floor M) and ICONSIAM’s ICON Arts and Culture Space (Floor 8) and displayed on 850 Plan B media screens nationwide until March 20. ›

Photo: ICONSIAM

The current market app is called Coral, which is a platform of KASIKORN X and was first introduced to the public at the opening ceremony. The platform connects NFT creators with collectors and creates the basic infrastructure for them to sell these items in an open marketplace – which was previously not so easy as it required people to make crypto purchases abroad.

In total, more than 140 artists take part in this large-scale event, some of whom are celebrities and others relatively unknown.

Things to do

In addition to the physical artworks on display, you can recline in a chair and enjoy the digital format of these 1,400 masterpieces displayed on the half-dome shaped NFT Immersive Technology display located at ICON Art and Culture Space on the 8th floor.

If you really want to purchase any of the NFTs, the process is simply to scan a QR code on the screens featuring the artwork (which will take you to the app and help you figure out how to purchase them.

There will also be artist talks with creators on March 12-13 and 19-20.

Thai National Artists

Late works Thawan Duchania, founder of the Baandam Museum in Chiang Rai and known as “the emperor of canvas painting” will make an appearance. Most of his paintings are influenced by Buddhist philosophy and have received a lot of attention around the world.

Pricha Thaothonga national fine arts artist (painting) will present six freshly created works, including Wat Phra Chetuphon, and are available for purchase through Coral. One of them will also be featured in the highlighted area of ​​the ICON Art and Culture Space.

Other national artists presenting works at the exhibition include Prathuang Emcharoen and Chuang Mool Pinitnational artists of fine arts (painting); Inson Wongsamnational artist of fine arts (sculpture); Prayat Pongdam, National Artist of Fine Arts (Graphic Art); and Woranan Chachawalthipakornnational fine arts artist (photography).

Photo: ICONSIAM. ‘The Trinity by Thawan Duchanee

Photo: ICONSIAM. ‘Falling Down, 1970’ by Prathuang Emcharoen

Celebrities

Famous singer Thanachai Ujjin (also known as Pod Moderndog) will feature 10 “visual diary” pieces, available on Coral, which are named by the date he created them and depict his feelings that day. His band mate, Methi Noichindawill also have some works to show.

Other celebrities at the show include Jirayu “a” Tantrakul and Arikantha “Gypso” Mahaphruekpong.

Photo: ICONSIAM

contemporary artists

Prasong Lue Muangeminent artist from the province of Lamphun, will present a collection of works mainly inspired by Buddhist dharma, the rural way of life and Chinese culture.

Thongchai Srisukprasertwhich stands out for its ultramarine blue paintwork, including Pisue Samutr (female sea giant) will show a collection of coins.

Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch is a renowned ceramicist and the third generation of Tao Hong Tai Ceramics and Pottery Factory in Ratchaburi. For this exhibition, however, he will present a photograph named Mud Buri not pottery.

Photo: ICONSIAM. MUDBURI by Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch

young bloods

Lampu Kansanoh is famous for its caricatural paintings in which the characters always have big heads. the cool ticket boy painting is here his work put forward.

Pairoj Pichetmetakul is well known for his “The Positivity Scrolls”, which chronicle the lives of homeless people in New York and across America.

Wanda Chaima is a 23-year-old artist who uses a wide range of styles in her work, from Buddhist philosophy, social issues to drastic surrealism.

Thailand Digital Arts Festival 2022 is now open until March 20 at ICONSIAM

Photo: ICONSIAM. by Lampu Kansanoh