About this project
A Communal Tabletop in Thailand
Our project will initiate a new infrastructure at the land foundation, an artist residency based on principles of civic engagement in northern Thailand, founded by the artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert. With your help, we will create the first permanent structure on the site to bring the foundation to the next stage of self-sufficiency and community engagement. The new structure will not only produce and provide energy for the surrounding grounds, but also establish a new multifunctional space for common activities such as workshops, seminars and artist residencies.
Designed by Frankfurt-based architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, the structure will be built collectively. Reminiscent of a surrealist “exquisite corpse”—a work that begins with a single contribution and continues to grow step-by-step—different architects, engineers, and artists will be invited to participate in this unusual assemblage as a collective work. The structure itself will be constructed through a series of sessions, mirroring the workshops that will take place in the structure once it is complete. In each step, one spatial element will be added: foundation, structure, façade, energy, services, and interiors.
We’re excited to take the land foundation to the next level: building a physical structure to permanently house all activities and a programmatic structure to organize and sustain these activities. The program will include the following components:
- collaborative building of the studio residency
- workshops by leading architects, engineers and artists
- lectures, talks, performances and screenings
- communal cooking and farming
Participants will include multidisciplinary professionals, students from Thailand and abroad, and all those who want to engage in the open field of the land foundation. With your support, we can develop the land into a destination where together we can question and experiment. Join us in building this community, and come to visit the land foundation!
ABOUT RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2005 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself.) Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. He has had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam that then was presented in Paris and London. Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also President of the land foundation, and is part of a collective alternative space located in Bangkok--where he maintains his primary residence and studio.
ABOUT NIKOLAUS HIRSCH
Nikolaus Hirsch is a Frankfurt-based architect and curator. He was the director of Staedelschule and Portikus Kunsthalle in Frankfurt (2010-2013) and previously taught at the Architectural Association in London. His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue (2001), Hinzert Document Center (2006), and institutional models such as the Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), Unitednationsplaza in Berlin (with Anton Vidokle) and Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi (2008-12), Hirsch curated 'Cultural Agencies' (Istanbul, 2009/10), numerous exhibitions at the Portikus, the Folly project for the Gwangju Biennale in Korea (2013), and the upcoming exhibition 'Wohnungsfrage' at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Hirsch is the co-editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press.
ABOUT MICHEL MÜLLER
Michel Müller is a professor at the University of Technology, Arts and Sciences in Cologne and has held academic positions at the Academy for Art and Design Stuttgart (2005-2010), and the HfG Karlsruhe (2004). His work includes the Power Station Darmstadt, the Machine Hall Darmstadt, and numerous exhibition architectures such as 'Making Things Public' at the ZKM (curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, 2005), and 'Indian Highway' (Serpentine Gallery, 2008). In 2004 he earned his doctorate with a dissertation on planning methods of adaptable architecture. Müller´s ongoing work on institutional models resulted in projects such as the Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), Unitednationsplaza in Berlin (with Anton Vidokle), and Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi.
ABOUT THE LAND FOUNDATION
the land foundation was initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert as a self-sustaining environment emerging from the artistic community. the land foundation is located in the northern part of Thailand, near the village of Sanpathong, 20 km southwest of the city of Chiang Mai. It is intended to be cultivated as an open space free of ownership, an environment conducive to discussions and experimentation in the fields of culture. the land foundation d is open to the day-to-day activities of local living (i.e., the cultivation of rice) and to the neighboring community. On the social field of the Land, artistic practices are discussed and tested. A hybrid of innovation and traditionalism, the land foundation juxtaposes contemporary materials and technologies with ancient forms of practice.
While the land foundation is inherently a rice field and a garden, freely accessible to all, it also supports architectural constructions that may be utilized in a variety of ways: from shelters for sleeping to kitchens for cooking to platforms for lectures or performances. A number of artists and architects are involved in this aspect of the land foundation’s potential, though participation is not confined solely to those in the arts. The people who have contributed to the land foundation's structure thus far hail from both local and international backgrounds, with artists such as: Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Tobias Rehberger, Philippe Parreno, François Roche, Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Superflex, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
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POSTER - CHOOSE FROM 1 of 4
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FILM SCREENING 'LUNG NEAW VISITS HIS NEIGHBOURS', RIRKRIT WILL PREPARE HIS SPECIAL CURRY PIZZA
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SKYPE COOKING LESSON WITH RIRKRIT + ANTTO STRAIGHT FROM RIRKRITS KITCHEN
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100 BAHT NOTE
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RIRKRIT + ANTTO THAI CURRY COOKING CLASS AT GAVIN BROWNS HOME
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JOIN RIRKRIT FOR A CANOE TRIP AND PICNIC ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
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RIRKRIT'S APRON WHICH HE IS WEARING FOR HIS COOKING PERFORMANCE AT BASEL designed by Heikki Salonen, Rirkrit and Antto
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BRING A FRIEND AND JOIN US IN THAILAND
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Very special thank you to Ben Hagari for making our video and Molly Surno and Victoria Rodgers who have been invaluable to the campaign.
Risks and challenges
Our creative process is truly collaborative and responsive. Many artists are involved with the production of the structure, and the coordination of the several moving parts could be less timely than we hope!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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