Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Condition for Experience

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.

Produced by M+
Videographer: Yau Mak Matthew
Curatorial Research: Pauline J. Yao
Special Thanks: Rirkrit Tiravanija