February 08, 2006
Tarot opening at National Gallery, Bangkok
In my very first days in Bangkok I also visited the National Gallery, a charming colonial style house with a row of fragrant frangipani trees in front of it. 23 years ago I dreamed of exhibiting my art there. Today my dream became true, and it was easy to smile when I stood there in my new fuchsia thai silk dress and listened to our ambassador Lars Backström giving a speech to the guests of opening. The tarot exhibition has arrived to its seventh country.
After the opening ceremony I read the cards as long as I could. Somebody whispered to me, that a certain attractive lady in the line was from the royal family. She got the King of Wands. This time I had to think twice before I opened my big mouth! What about my King, she asked noticing my hesitation. A clever girl, I thought, and told her everything that I saw from the cards she picked. She should work harder if she wants to become a writer, and have less social life... After all she invited me to her house for a dinner and told ambassador I blamed her being too lazy.
Tarot got an entire Nation Sunday newspaper page with massive photos aattacjed to the title ”TAROT TECH. Talk about ”smart cards” – Finland´s Marita Liulia turns medieval magic into a modern marvel at a Bangkok exhibition.” A very well written and definetely positive article.
Thai journalists told me that Nokia is naturally a well known brand in Thailand, but if the Finns also produce high quality content for mobile phones, it´s something new and interesting. I did my best to promote Finland and the connection of culture and technology in many interviews.
Tigermob, the biggest content provider of Thailand made an offer to make a deal about the Tarot mobile service in Thai language. Definetely, yes! Tarot has been available already for six years in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. 70-million inhabitants Thailand is most welcome.
With all these good news and somewhat worried about the mass demonstrations next to National Gallery (against corruption suspect ridden prime minister Taksin) I bought a flight to Phnom Penh in order to travel through Cambodia, and end up to Angkor Wat.
Posted by marita at February 8, 2006 03:16 PM