The Reading Room
This non-profit contemporary art resource center on artsy Silom Soi 19 is more than a library.
The concept: After her six-year stint in New York working for art institutions, Narawan “Kyo” Pathomvat returns to her homeland and channels her love of books through The Reading Room, a non-profit contemporary art resource center, which has just relocated from its old spot in Charoen Krung to the artsy Silom Soi 19. Besides a library, this place also holds regular activities from talks to film screenings in collaboration with Film Virus.
The décor: Set on the top floor of a three-story shophouse, The Reading Room ditches the dreary vibe typically associated with most libraries. Yes, there are book shelves, but thanks to potted plants, bean bags and Kyo’s grandma’s vintage furniture, this place is basically one cozy living room. We heart the rooftop area where rare movies are screened on a monthly basis (check their website for a schedule).
The crowd: The place sees art enthusiasts lounging at the bookshelves and uni students studiously working on their laptops on the bean bags.
In the present: A talk in collaboration with Clip Kino, a Finnish-based organization which screens short video clips and documentaries found online on Dec 18.
In the future: Jan-Feb will see a sries of talks focusing on literature and philosophy.