Sunday, 24 January 2010

New Order 2010

I wrote an article for Thailand Tatler . . .called New Order 2010.  It's about the hotspots in 2010 and has a little calender at the end.  I'm not saying I am the expert nor a futurologist but it does not take much to notice that there is a "new order" and the circuit has changed.   It was originally in direct reference to Vanity Fair where Thackeray talks about a fair of vanity - the participants attending the fair to increase their knowledge, connections etc . . . a reflection of their vanity.  

Vanity Fair at Yao Noi

This is however a bit sinister though there might be an inkling of truth but what I suggest is that it is no longer about going to parties for the sake of them . . .it is about something more . . .to have an input and take with you a little bit from a collective creative knowledge.  I suppose this was my little insight . . . especially into the lives of some of my dearest friends who in their own way contribute significantly to this little circuit.  Andre and Nat Sarasas . . . our time in Yao Noi with little Cleo was hugely inspring. I hope this year I get to spend more time in Chiang Mai, it is after all our artistic hub and go to the dessert, probably not Essakane this time but maybe Rancho Mirage. In Paris - Andre, OLT and Alex de Betak really add to the place. . . In Bkk - Piyatat for his sublimely beautiful photographs that adorn the streets of Bangkok - very excited for his school R.M.A to open. I cannot wait to see Arnold's new lighting projects and am to this day inspired by the Prada Transformer.  Venice and Basel - always on the circuit. . .and it really was this experience with friends in 2009 . . .the shared moments . . .the funny ones (piggy backs and flood in Venice) and the not so funny ones (missing flights) that I hope will be repeated in 2010.  And we can't forget London - never! 

Now that we are in a new decade. . .it's definitely not a time to kick back and have pina coladas on a island - they say the golden tiger roars and moves things . . .if anything that is what this new order - making things happen and making changes.

Here are some outtakes from that did not make it into New Order 2010 . . . 

Andre, Cleo, Me, Nat
Hong Kong
Rirkrit Tiravanija at Venice
New York

New Order 2010 in Thailand Tatler, January 2010, on newsstands now. 

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