Karl Bartos at the Bed Supperclub, Bangkok Thailand

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By: leelefever on April 7, 2006 - 6:31am

The Bed Supperclub reminds me of the Korova Milk Bar in the movie A Clockwork Orange, complete with a sterile white atmosphere, impractical "modern" decor with pretention bleeding from between the sheets.

Essentially, it is a restaurant and dance club where you eat lounged on a bed with friends a la the Bed Bar in the HBO tv show Sex and the City. The whole place is housed in what amounts to a giant tube- like an airplane fuselage with two floors of bed-based seating.

We (Sachi, Newley and me) were constanly amused by the scene in general which felt like another world of high fashion, performance art and people who appear to take themselves far too seriously. We were outsiders.

As an example, the server gave is a comment card that had ratings 1-5 with 1 being "meow" and 5 being "ROOAR!" When we arrived there was a brightly lit women standing in the middle of the room, looking a bit like a Cirque Du Soleil clown with vines wrapped around her. Upon asking, we found that she was a performer in an interactive/performance art display, called "Cut Piece". We were supposed to cut away the vines to "free" her and then "contemplate and discuss the meaning amongst friends." We insisted on discussing what it takes to find meaning in such things. We received "instructions" for Cut Piece and the first line read, and I couldn't make this up...

"Walk to the beautiful worm"

and

"Keep piece of brach as souvenir"

Oh, and Karl Bartos of the legendary electronic band Kraftwerk performed as DJ, which was really cool to see. He seemed to fit perfectly as he posed for muliple photographers as text scrolled across the screen above the dancefloor saying "before MTV there was Bartos. This is Karl Bartos."

The Bed Supperclub was a priceless experience for us as backpackers, perhaps in the same way a heavy metal rocker might experience an opera- it's not really our thing, but it's really interesting to watch and seems strangely familiar.


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By: jayf on April 7, 2006 - 7:03pm
"Cut Piece" sounds like a copy of Yoko Ono's Cut Piece from 1965.

Update: Oh, wow, weird coincidence: BoingBoing just posted a link to a video of Yoko Ono performing Cut Piece.

By: leelefever on April 8, 2006 - 9:31pm
What weird timing. Had we known it was a Yoko Ono piece we might have thought that, well, it was even more perfect for the Bed Supperclub.
By: sarah w (not verified) on April 9, 2006 - 8:51am

that is SO RAD.

kraftwerk, eating between the sheets, and setting ladies free!

you can come home satisfied. -sarah