PanSuriya Art Post

Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project
30 June 2012, 01:19
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The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project is an initiative by Phil Jablon to document the architecture and atmostphere of stand-alone movie theaters throughout Southeast Asia. Through photography, observation, research and interviews, he has built a visual archive of the architecture, spatial typology and cultural life that the stand-alone theaters embody.

He has conducted fieldwork in more than half of Thailand’s provinces, most of Laos and more than a dozen cities in Myanmar.  For the next phase, he will take the project into Cambodia to document what remains of its once-vibrant movie-going culture. Click to help fund him through Kickstarter.

The rapid economic development currently being experienced in Cambodia is causing a perceived redevelopment imperative. As such, many older buildings considered out-of-date or outmoded are in danger of being demolished, and stand-alone movie theaters are high on that list.
The goal of this project is to document, in detail, each of Cambodia’s stand-alone movie theaters while they are still standing. The time to start is immediate.

Pansodan Books will be publishing a book of Phil Jablon’s work on Burmese cinemas… and maybe on the Cambodian ones too, if this project can get going. Only one week left to fund this interesting research on a popular art and its rôle in Southeast Asian towns.


Memoir of Loss and Recovery
21 June 2012, 14:11
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Travel in Myanmar is full of adventure, humour, frustration and amazement, and Judyth Gregory-Smith, the least self-aggrandising travel writer I have ever read, conveys all this in her new book, Myanmar: A Memoir of Loss and Recovery. The book is a well-observed account of places and people and her deeper involvement over the course of several years of visits. This is a great book to give to people who enjoy reading about scenes and life in Myanmar in these years, whether they have been here or not, and (aside from its sobering prologue) a highly amusing and deftly written book which freshens our sense of why we love this country so much, even now during the crashing monsoon and heavy weather.

The author will read from the book and answer questions at Pansodan  Art Gallery, Tuesday 26 June 2012, at 3:00. Myanmar: A Memoir of Loss and Recovery is available online, has a facebook page with the photographs in colour, and will later be available in quantity on the shelves. For now, we have just the irrepressible writer reading from her work, and talking about her projects.