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Chiang Rai

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Phu Chi Fa Forest Park

The New Shade of Thailand’s Local Luxury

泰国奢华新地标

As one of the most alluring destinations in Thailand, Chiang Rai, located at the northern region, offers a staggering range of amazing attractions for tourists around the world. The rolling hills, sweeping mountains, lush green forests and nature, and rich melting pot of cultures, extravagant resorts and spas, and the way of living of the locals will encourage you to indulge yourself in the tranquility of the scenery and fresh air. These make Chiang Rai one of the most engaging places to visit.

位于泰国北部的清莱,拥有多元文化和迷人景致,已然悄悄崛起成为泰国奢华新地标。它那连绵不绝的山脉、青葱森林及大自然、和谐共处的多元文化、随处可见的度假屋及SPA以及当地人悠闲的生活,不仅让人放慢了脚步,也把游客的心留在这里,想要一再探访。

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Boon Rawd Farm

Scenic Mountain Views

Chiang Rai is known for its majestic hills and mountains. It is a best place for those who love trekking and a little adventure en-route to the Northern Province’s breathtaking views.

Many small villages are filled with Thai local experiences that are far different from those found in the bigger cities of Thailand. The culture of this region has been inspired by Lanna, Karen and other indigenous ethnic groups providing tourists, both foreign and domestic travellers, with a noticeably friendly and vibrant atmosphere.

美如画的山区

清莱的连绵山脉和群山峻岭,特别适合登山爱好者以及野外探险者。在这里,游客可以远离城市的尘嚣,让自己陶醉大自然的壮丽景致中。

此外,当地蓝纳泰和长颈族独特的风俗,也为这个山区更添多元色彩,吸引了国内外游客前来进行文化探索。

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Splendid Resort & Spa

There is also a wide variety of luxurious hotels and resorts in Chiang Rai. Most of them are surrounded by nature. Nothing beats waking up to fresh air and serenity, while witnessing the way of local living of the Thais.

Thai spa treatments are also famous in this area. Spa-based medical tourism is a global phenomenon and Thailand as Asia’s Spa Capital, reaps returns on its decades-long strategy while riding a rising tide of female driven consumer demand. In regard to this, Chiang Rai is second to none in terms of relaxing and secluded spa retreats.

悠闲度假村&SPA

在清莱,近来多了不少与大自然共处的奢华酒店及度假村。在大自然中缓缓醒来,呼吸着最干净新鲜的空气,享受前所未有的宁静,这是游客可以在清莱所享受的心灵奢侈。

泰式的SPA (水疗)护理名闻国际,这里随处可见且专业的水疗护理中心,让游客可以彻底地放松身心,好好感受清莱这片美丽土地所带来的充沛能量。

在这里,美景俯拾即是,美好时光随手拈来。奢侈,就是何时何地都与美好共处。

Text by Sweezy Tan & image(s) courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

A Robot Art Curator? 机器人策展艺术?

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Curator Ben Russell poses with a robot called Cygan, built in 1957, at the Science Museum in London. Courtesy of Jack Taylor/Getty Images.

By CHT

The announcement that the 10th edition of Bucharest Biennial in 2022 will be curated by a robot named robot named Jarvis received mix reactions from the art world. The evolution of AI has made possible for many industries to be more efficient in productions as machines are deemed to be more reliable when error is minimal to nill and can work much longer hours. Machines taking over some human jobs were expected. Today these innovations are no longer bound in factories but often found in the frontlines of service industries such as hospitality, F&B, medical and others. However it is rather difficult to comprehend how AI can take over an art curator’s job especially when this job demands multiple disciplines and compounded unique tasks.

According to IESA Arts & Culture, the job responsibilities of an art curator consists of the following,

  • Acquiring, collecting and cataloging works of art
  • Researching, writing articles and giving lectures
  • Negotiating the loans of items, organizing exhibitions, installing and writing documentation

And the skills and qualifications required are,

  • General knowledge of art and in depth specialist expertise in art history
  • Excellent relationship building skills to create partnership with art institutions, artists and collectors
  • Event management skill for organizing exhibitions, working with all actors involved in the project

It is quite clear that a curator’s job is not a single directional job. According to Spinnwerk founder Razvan Ion when talking to The Art Newspaper, Jarvis will be trained for two years curatorship training program “using materials from the world’s renowned MA’s of curating and contemporary art history from most respected universities” and then “ … select several participants/artists/creators for the biennial based on his knowledge”. If being a curator only needs to be like Jarvis, then any person good in data collection and analysis can apply to be a curator. Universities around the world must as well remove the art curatorial programs.

The skills, knowledge and experience needed to be involved in the art world are not just data collection and analysis. Before, a good scanner and printer could produce a piece of Picasso. Today, a robot with the right program can paint one a Picasso but still it is a programmed imitation piece. On the other hand, producing a robot to replace a curator is not possible at least for the next few years. The derivatives demanded especially from the human factors are almost impossible unless the robot is fitted with a human mind like Robocop.

The announcement of Jarvis was undoubtedly influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic that has crippled the world. The art industry included had not been spared and this crisis pushed the arts and culture further into the digital and virtual world. The art world needs some fresh ideas fast to bring back the confidence of those supporting art in this new normal to survive. Whoever or whichever that come up with new concepts or innovations is definitely going to capture the market’s attention and lead the pack. Jarvis may not be the ideal curator but definitely one that falls into the art of marketing and branding.

2022年举行的第10届布加勒斯特双年展将由一个名为Jarvis的机器人作为策展人,这一消息在艺术界引起了各种迥异反响。人工智能的高速发展使许多行业生产具备提高效率的可能性,因为人工智能机器被认为能把误差最小化,而且能够长时间劳动。因此,人类的一些工作将会被取代。今天,这些创新不再局限于工厂,而是经常出现在服务行业前线:如酒店、餐饮,医疗等。然而,很难理解人工智能可以接管艺术馆长的工作,特别是当这个任务需要多种学科和拥有复杂的独特性。

根据巴黎高等艺术与文化学院(IESA Arts & Culture)的说法,
• 艺术策展人的工作职责包括:
• 艺术品的获取、收集和编排目录
• 相关研究、撰写文章、演讲
• 洽谈物品租借、组织展览、安装和书写文献

而所需的技能和资格是:
• 具有普遍的艺术知识和更深入的艺术史专业知识
• 建立关系的卓越技能,可以和艺术机构、艺术家和收藏家创建良好伙伴关系
• 拥有组织展览的活动管理技能,与所有参与项目的活动者合作

显然,策展人的职务并非单一方向的工作。Spinnwerk创始人Razvan Ion在接受《艺术新闻报》采访时表示,Jarvis将接受为期两年的策展培训。“使用来自全球最有名望的大学策展硕士和当代艺术史的材料。”然后,“…根据他的认知基础选择双年展的数名参与者,艺术家和创作者。”不过,如果担任策展人只需要像Jarvis那样,任何擅长数据收集和分析者皆可成为策展人。世界各地的大学也必须取消艺术策展的课程。

至于艺术世界所需要的技能、知识和经验不仅仅是数据收集和分析。以前,一台效果好的扫描仪和打印机就能打印出一幅毕加索的作品。今天,一个有精确程序的机器人可以画出毕加索的画作,但仍然只是程序化的仿制品。另外,或者未来几年内,制造一个机器人取代馆长是不可能的任务。除非机器人有像“机械战警”似的人类思维,否则无法完成特别需要人为因素的衍生产品。

Javis的宣告诞生无疑是受到令整个世界运行瘫痪的Covid-19大流行病的影响。艺术行业在疫情中也难逃劫难,这个危机将艺术和文化进一步推向了数字和虚拟世界。艺术界则需要尽快地提出一些新颖的想法,恢复艺术支持者在新常态下生存的信心。提出新概念或创新的任何一方,肯定会吸引市场的注意力并引领潮流。 Jarvis可能并非传统意义上的理想策展人,但绝对是倾向市场营销和品牌艺术的策展人。

Image(s) courtesy of thestar.com.my

Smart & Safe Innovations 崭新的智能安防

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Smart Mug Keeps

The Temperature Right

Coffee drinkers always prefer their coffee hot when served and preferably could stay hot until they finished the drinks. Ember Mug² is the latest upgraded version smart mug that not only keeps the coffee hot but it allows drinkers to choose and maintain their preferred beverage temperatures. Best about Ember is that it takes no more than 30 seconds to set up for the first time, has a longer build in battery life, easy to clean and submersible up to 1 meter in water. Furthermore Ember is a connected device and coffee drinkers can easily customize, preset and be notified once the drinks are ready to drink with the right temperatures. Now your coffee is just nice. Not too hot, not too cold.

ember.com

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A Glowing Dino

For those who love Jurassic World, the Raptor Lamp 2.0 is a must have collectable item that can be placed on your table or shelf. An astounding model of a Velociraptor with moving jaw, adjustable neck and limbs combined with 7 rotational acis, it infuses the raptor with spirt & vigor. The dinosaur body comes with power and dimmer switches as well as an electrical input. When opening the mouth of the Raptor Lamp 2.0, you can find two-way LED light source from its jaw and tongue while the silicone claw can grab a smartphone upright. In short, this cute little dino will not bite but glow.

http://www.yankodesign.com

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Smart Toothbrush With A Smile

Brush your teeth with a smart toothbrush is not only revolutionary but also pretty cool. Trusted oral care brand and industry leader has created Oral-B iO, a new toothbrush that uses 3D and AI technology to guide you in what is the best way to brush your teeth. Oral-B iO is beyond just a tooth brush that is powered by a smooth magnetic drive system that combines the gentle energy of micro-vibrating bristles with Oral-B’s dentist-inspired round brush head. With 7 cleaning modes and a smart pressure sensor, it informs you when brushing is just right so gums stay protected. And personalized brushing encouragement delivered in real-time through the first-of-its-kind interactive system that wakes you up, provides a 2 minutes countdown and when brushing mission completes, you will receive a smile.

io.oralb.com

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The Perfect Shield

Covid-19 may be one of the reasons for technologists to speed up the race in search of the perfect shield but the actual fact is that this virus is definitely not the last to threaten the human race. Toronto based VYZR believes that it is crucial to create an effective protective personal equipment that can protect humans against all airborne pathogens and other environmental hazards. The BioVYZR a type of PPE known as a Powered Air Purifying Respirator that is easy to wear, light weight, durable and weatherproof. Additionally, this technology comes with anti-fogging face shield that includes six N95 filter refills with a build in fan that can lasts 8-12 hours on a single charge. The only downside for this innovation is that anyone wearing this will look like an astronaut walking on earth.

http://www.vyzrtech.com

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A Garden Inside Your Home

Adding greens into one’s home somehow just add value to the interior and provide a soothing lifestyle. Imagine how amazing if one can have a garden in the living room yet providing fresh green produce for consumption. OGarden Smart is an indoor micro farm that allows city dwellers to grow up to 90 types of plants simultaneously and with an expected harvest time within one month. This smart rotating garden can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in a controlled environment with no hassle of ‘sunlight’ and water all year round. It is an easy to use and minimal maintenance creation that allows your family to stay healthy with no pesticides organic greens. Not to mention it also helps save the environment and money. OGarden Smart is not only a hobby for some that can have fresh produce at their finger tips but it is also important to teach generations to come about saving and protecting the environment through smart innovations.

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