Rikirit Tiravanija

One critic has labeled Rikrit a "Potlatch-Conceptualist." The word potlatch means "big feed," and in Native American tradition, a potlach was a banquet given by a member of the tribe for the rest of the group. In some Native-American languages "potlatch" also means "killing wealth," because to give something for free is to undermine wealth. One reason Rikrit cooks and gives the food away is to undermine the greed and possessiveness that are so typical of our times. He suggests that as wealth is accumulated, fewer and fewer people can enjoy it. In the art world in particular, people who have enough money collect art. Rikrit tries to undermine that notion of possession and accumulation.

"it is not what you see that is important but what takes place between people."

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"An experimental modernist house in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Designed by the young Thai architect (and Tiravanija’s former student) Aroon Puritat, the project, like Rirkrit’s stage, provided a basic framework on which the architect and the artist’s other collaborators could create."

"Rirkrit told us that the idea of the house is to have very simple concrete building, elevated from the ground - the least touch. The exisiting site has a lot of trees, they did not want to cut any of them. So the building is inserted in the site in a zigzaging manner among the trees around. The main space is this big, simple, rough but very strong courtyard of the house where the main activities (the kitchen, the library and the entrance). The veranda running around the courtyard, connecting everything around together is very crucial part here… Altogether, the space is very relaxing but strong…"

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