Link to Full Policy Proposal: Chiang Mai Live Digital Gallery
Link to Presentation Slides: Session 3 – Group 3
Akarapon Kongchanagul, Assel Zhumadil, Ika Citra Marlia, Khun Htee Min
Chiang Mai’s economic growth has led to many socio-economic changes in the province. This is especially evident in the Northern Arts and Crafts industry where the Northern Arts and Crafts are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. At first sight, the increased demand seems to empower the industry via greater volume of income generated from sales of Northern Arts and Crafts to both local and foreign tourists. However, these Northern Arts and Crafts do not embody the true spirit of Northern culture, but are mere mass-productions in small trinket-forms presented as souvenirs. For these reasons, the traditional way to produce Northern Arts and Crafts, which are often large pieces, are becoming extinct. Rather than creating authentic arts, the artists and craftsmen are being forced to adapt to economic demands. The continuation of this trend may hamper the passing-down of the true heritage of Northern Arts and Crafts.
Our project will analyze and discuss the problem of mass-productions of Northern Arts and Crafts and how it affects the sustainability of Traditional Northern Arts and Crafts. Our project will propose the utilization of ICT (in line with the Creative Chiang Mai Initiative) to create a “Chiang Mai Live Digital Gallery”. The concept of this project is to create a space for the promoting, exhibiting, monetizing and transferring of knowledge of Traditional Northern Arts and Crafts through ICT for sustainable socio-economic impacts.