Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture (Baan Noorg บ้านนอก; noun – country; countryside; rural area; upcountry), is a non-profit, artist-run initiative, a fundament strategy for community development and a service-provider for artistic practice. It is located in the Nongpho district, Ratchaburi and was founded by jiandyin (Jiradej Meemalai and Pornpilai Meemalai) in 2011, with jiandyin, Lo Shih Tung, Hsu Chia Wei and Sakarin Krue-On as its board of committees.
It aims to find out possibilities for exchange, integration and co-existence within the community—locally and globally, and to build up community sustainability according to the group’s claim: Baan Noorg is Future is Now
Its main programs include day OFF LABoratory (OFF LAB), NongpoKiDdee (NPKD), and NPKD Social Enterprise.
OFF LAB is a long term alternative interdisciplinary art and community-as-case study program based on post-studio and participatory practices. It analyzes, discusses and debates social conditions theoretically and practically through researching and developing socially engaged art in collaboration with community members and local scholars such as dairy farmers, monks, or school directors. Its ecosystem consists of multidiscipline artists, researchers and specialists and includes exchange programs with a network of collectives and institutions.
NPKD aims to cultivate awareness towards cultural identity, community knowledge, resource, and environmental consciousness, to encourage the local community to become an agent and co-create their own cultural-political capital. For this it fosters collaborations of children, community members, and their neighborhood with invited multidiscipline guest artists and researchers.
NPKD Social Enterprise, a subdivision of NPKD, is a local business model which integrates business management, cross-discipline methodologies and knowledge. It is set to strengthen intellectual and financial sustainability that is gained from products made from local resources by the community members, such as milk, manure, etc.