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From His Majesty’s Hand

This picture did not really matter much to me until recently. First of all, I have just officially graduated a Master Degree here in Australia but decided not to attend the ceremony and it came to realisation that it would not happen to me again.

The young lad on the right is me and the other one is King Bhumiphol. I am old enough to had a chance of the lifetime to receive Bachelor Degree straight from the King of Thailand. Back then, he only performed this duty for the graduates from top two universities in Thailand—Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Film and Photography).

That was probably the first time I wore a suit. Imagine how hot it would be in around March in Bangkok and, on top of that, we had chaotic photo sessions in the morning. When we all in the University’s main auditorium, the sweat slowly evaporated inside. Once the King arrived the hall and the chancellor reported, all graduates were called one by one. And imagine doing a repetitive actions for hours without a break.

Now, I could not find where that actual piece of paper is.

The Final COFA

Finally, I am officially graduated Master of Digital from College of fine Arts, University of New South Wales. No, I did not attend the graduation ceremony and had the Degree mailed to me. It might an honour to be in it but I actually was handed the Bachelor of Arts degree from King Bhumipol. Nothing could really top that. And it was the process of learning that really mattered, not that piece of paper.

What did I get from COFA? It was not the university life. It was the great opportunity to find myself again. After years of living in Australia and not working in a creative job, it nearly killed me. Photography was the major output but the medium was enough for me. I wanted more.

There were ideas I wanted to explore and they helped me realise them. Some were developed from the photography works and some I had in mind for a long time. And I am still very pleased with them today because I believe I did push the boundary, both mine and theirs. To create works without priceless consultants from the tutors there will be somewhat challenging. There are still projects I want explore and do it outside a university wall is definitely another game.

Invitation for COFA Annual 09

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COFA ANNUAL 09

EXHIBITION

Opening: 24 November, 6pm-8pm

Running: 24-29 November, 11am-6pm

COFA Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington

Kudos Gallery 6 Napier St, Paddington

SCREENING: Digital Media and Time Based Art

17 November, 6pm-11pm

Chauvel Cinema Paddington Town Hall, Paddington

Everyone is welcomed. My short film will be on the Screening and shown in the exhibition as well. Please see previous post for more detail.

COFA Annual 09

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It is almost done with my study at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. The major project has been presented and is being assessed. The works of the graduating students will be exhibited through COFA Annual 09 in different platforms:

  • Website is not online yet but you can see what they did last year.
  • Exhibition runs on 23-29 November and will include all the graduating students who registered for it.
  • DVD will be sent to the industry professional to pimp up the students and the institute.
  • Screening is the big night for media and time based art student to have the works on a big screen at Chauvel Cinema on 17 November from 6pm.

I am excited to see my film in a real cinema although we do not know whether we get selected for the show. Nevertheless, I am quite confident will be there. And I have signed as a volunteer to do something with the event. Will post later.