Co-curated by Sukontip Prahanpap and Pongpan Suriyapat
by 4 multidisciplinary artists
Taweesak Molsawat (sculpture and performance)
Thanawat Maneenawa (assemblage)
Ploenchan Vinyaratn (textile)
Note Panayanggool (sound)
Warin Lab Contemporary
February 24 – April 21, 2021
(Bangkok) – Warin Lab Contemporary announces the inaugural art installation in its newly renovated art space in a 100-year-old residence-turned-art-space in the culturally rich area of Charoenkrung Road soi 36.
In keeping with Warin Lab Contemporary’s mission of providing a space to discuss social issues through art and its focus on an environmental theme throughout 2021, the first art installation “SWAMPED” reflects on waste accumulation and humankind’s lack of discipline in managing waste while introducing the idea of continual use of the same resources.
Based on the notion of a Circular Economy, “SWAMPED” emphasizes the significance of minimizing the requirements for new resources. Old materials can be used longer through recycling, upcycling, repairing, and refurbishment in order to create a closed-loop system. “SWAMPED” intends to project the critical idea that the devil is not in the innovation of plastic but in the human’s habit of convenience first.
Curated by Sukontip Prahanpap and designed by Pongpan Suriyapat of Interaction Design Studio Co. Ltd., the art installation identifies humans as a major cause of waste through the whimsical assemblage of Thanawat Maneenawa. Large scaled weaved materials by Ploenchan Vinyaratn symbolize the consequence of our society besieged by trash. Sculpture and performance art by Taweesak Molsawat provoke thoughts and pose questions to viewers to scrutinize their own actions and the degree of their concerns in resolving the issue of overwhelming trash. Apart from the visual stimulation, “SWAMPED” incorporates another sensory experience by detecting the visitors’ movement between each artwork. The movement triggers the ambient sound created by Note Panayanggool suggesting that the activity of humans affects the whole environment.
Warin Lab Contemporary has engaged with the local community around Charoenkrung soi 36 to separate, collect, and contribute their garbage as art materials. Apart from community involvement, Warin Lab Contemporary has also solicited trash donations from corporations which encourage their employees to separate, collect, and contribute their office and home garbage to the art installation. Corporations that have donated trash in support of the “SWAMPED” installation include:
- BG Glass Container PCL
- Central Pattana PCL
- Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd.
- Makao Restaurant
- Siam Commercial Bank PCL
- Michelin Siam Co., Ltd.
- Omise Co., Ltd.
- Ranong Recycle for Environment Social Enterprise
- The Embassy of France to Thailand
“SWAMPED” installation will open to the public from February 24 to April 21, 2021. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 17.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs.
The exhibition also offers an educational workshop together with panel discussions. Interested people can visit the Facebook and Instagram pages of Warin Lab to get more information and book a seat.
Warin Lab Contemporary’s mission is to engage with the global audience by addressing prevailing issues through leading-edge curatorial projects. The art space intends to create meaningful dialogues through non-conforming art practices that provoke thought and stimulate actions. Warin Lab Contemporary is located at unit 3101, O.P. Garden, Charoenkrung Road soi 36, Bangrak, Bangkok. Opening hours are Tues. – Sat. from 10.30 hrs. to 19.30 hrs.