Puthimart(Bamm)///26 Things You Can Find in a Downtown Bangkok Apartment: A partially randomised atlas

VIew the process log here so you have more context. Please look I  spent alot of time. 


“This document contains 26 artefacts sampled from an apartment unit in Downtown Bangkok, Thailand in the 4th month of 2020. A time of a global pandemic, economic instability, social distancing, 10 day booze bans and the government asking for the assistance of ‘Meme Superstars’ to help raise awareness on ‘Flattening the curve’. These artefacts, partially thorougly selected and partially randomized by conversations or finger pointing may or may not accurately represent the Socio-political context of the said area and time frame. With this in mind, the researcher attempts to sort these items according to the system of ‘L.A.T.C.H.’ It is a mixture of fact and opinion. “

A mock up which groups the 26 items in terms of the continents where they were obtained. The key on the left side of the page specifies what each item is and which country they’re from. Also I would like to apologise for the average quality image. It looks way better in InDesign!!

5 thoughts on “Puthimart(Bamm)///26 Things You Can Find in a Downtown Bangkok Apartment: A partially randomised atlas”

  1. Hi Bamm!
    I have to say your description of the project sounds super attractive and I like the dramatic tone of it all. I really enjoy the first three pages you’re showing us. As it seems you travel quite a lot and accumulate various items from various places, choosing the L from LATCH seems quite relevant. I like that the design focuses on continents but that the text offers more details about the specific countries.
    The number system works well although I may put the pictures first, and the information second (that is to say the black page on the right).
    I don’t know if you intend to keep working on location, but if so maybe creating a map of all your objects could be interesting? Yourself titled this a “randomised atlas”. It could be formal or more conceptual. Otherwise, I’d like to know more about the objects themselves. Maybe categories would help? Are they decorative, or do they have a purpose? Did you buy them or were they gifted to you? Are they fun or do they represent a specific culture? These seem to be saying a lot about the place they come from, especially as you mention the “socio-political context of the said area.” Maybe an anecdote, or a title, could give some context.
    A Time order could also they tell when they got into your hands, and if they’re still up to date or already obsolete.
    Overall I’m really curious and intrigued about this! Can’t wait to see more of it.

  2. (I know you’ve mentioned you still have process log to post, but i just thought I’d post my feedback as i’d already done it!)

    Love the intro! Personal items say a lot about the individual – these are all so quirky and unique pieces of objects, which is great to see. This is such an interesting way to organise your artefacts. It’s a nice way of judging the items from where they came from, what they look like and the specifics of the items themselves (as they’re all unique).
    I think the classification is very much clear- maybe if you placed and sorted them on a map? graphically that would look cool, and we’d get a clearer idea of where they were purchased specifically, rather than just reading it off the key. Other than that I like the randomness of it all and the fact you’re brought them all together in the way you’ve chosen to organise them!

  3. It is clear which of the LATCH methods you chose to work with – alphabetical and categorical. The item categorisation is well-chosen considering the current global crisis – since we cannot travel today, these items bring a little piece of the world to you. The method of classification enhances the collection by giving it a piece of history/ memory.

    Suggestion – Your concept is very interesting and would be very nice to look back on. However, it may be more effective if the items were all thoroughly selected to better represent the pandemic or the idea would be specified more directly.

  4. I like the fact that even though we’re all stuck in our homes, you’re trying to link your project with the rest of the world! It’s difficult to do but at the same time I think will be really engaging for a wide range of people! I agree with Amanda’s comment though, if this is the route you’re taking I think you should also pick all considered items rather than half and half :). I think it might also be nice to see more about how these objects are linked to you though, because yes they’re portraying a global scale but also they have been found in your home / where you’re living and so I think it would be a nice touch to maybe show a display of the things somewhere around you? For example, you could do this geographical theme by mapping them in your room? Perhaps your desk represents europe, your shelf represents africa, etc. Just a thought though, might be of use in developing this idea further. Overall, a really cool concept!

  5. Your process document is very good and clearly shows that you have invested a lot of time and effort in this first weekly task. So do not get overly concerned that it is not finished at this stage.

    Having started with the quick sketches so you could play around with various approaches/categories in an ‘analogue’ way was a good idea. As you mentioned, this did not translate the objects very well so it was a good decision to photograph the objects and then cut them out. Obviously, this was time consuming and impacted on the final outcome but the time spent on these initial stages will no doubt improve the final outcome.

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