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Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Condition for Experience
Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Condition for Experience
Video Transcript

RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA: Art is integrated into everything. When it comes to spaghetti western, in a sense, there would be seven stations where [we’re] cooking tom kha gai, which is a coconut chicken soup. I was quite interested in there being a kind of evidence of activity. I was trying to kind of retrieve this condition that was actually around the objects. The fact that people would come later and see a situation that had happened, and then they would have to, kind of, in their own mind try to see the picture of what had happened.

It is about playing with that condition that they are misunderstanding, or misreading, or not reading enough, because they make assumptions. And that's always been part of the battle, is to fight the assumptions. And assumptions are made because they believe they have the knowledge to assume.

Those different ways of kind of organising or kind of setting up a condition for experience is important. So I think in a certain way it's kind of trying to understand how people move through things. How people move through experiences.

I was quite interested in there being a kind of evidence of activity.

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija is one of the most well-known practitioners in the field of relational art, in which artists construct social environments for visitors, who help ‘create’ the work through their social activities. His artworks are often presented as rooms or spaces for socialising, such as sharing meals, cooking, reading, or playing music.

In this video, Tiravanija discusses some of the ideas behind his works, including Untitled 2001 (the magnificent seven, spaghetti western), in which he cooks a Thai soup for the visitors. The actual physical materials of the work consist of propane cookers, steel pots, plates, forks, trays, cutting boards, and a Thai soup recipe.

This video was originally published on M+ Stories.

Video Credits

Produced by



Yau Mak Matthew

Curatorial Research

Pauline J. Yao

Special Thanks

Rirkrit Tiravanija

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