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Bangkok

BY GREGORY GALLIGAN

The city’s creative pulse is an unstable one

View of Bangkok at night. Photo by Benh Lieu Song.

If the creative pulse of a capital indicates—at least in part—the artistic vitality of a nation, Bangkok’s own is of late an unstable one. Between the capital and cities upriver and downstream, flows of artistic energy long presumed as springing from either “core” or “periphery” centers are being re-canalized, all the better to reflect regional concerns and outlooks. No longer is it questioned whether the northern city of Chiang Mai, as…

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