FREEDOM FROM THIRST — originally conceived by German artist Albrecht Pischel as a pavilion for the 2nd Bangkok Biennale — opens up an ambivalent space between the commercial and the spiritual. The slogan is borrowed from a Sprite advertising campaign from the early 2000s and is subliminally evocative of Eastern discourses on detachment from desires.
A customized mobile tent – a ‘pavilion povera’ – makes camp at TARS Gallery and shelters an eclectic ensemble of purling fountain sculptures by the artist. A sweet flow of colored soda endlessly cascades over heavy postmodern stone assemblages that contrast with the transient nature of the folding tent. Its functionality oscillates between an architecture, a shelter and a promotional tool bearing logo-ish arrangements of texts and images appropriating the visual codes of corporate design and sponsorship. Upstairs, another smaller pavilion echoes the first. It displays a series of ink drawings by American artist Matt Mullican, that Pischel freely incorporated into his exhibition. They are variations on the logo of a famous carbonated soft-drink produced under hypnotic trance and bridge the commercial and the spiritual in a similar way.
In the frame of Bangkok’s Galleries’ Night, FREEDOM FROM THIRST becomes a nomadic pavilion activated across the city as a venue for performative occurrences orchestrated by The Performance Agency. As such, the pop-up space also highlights the original purpose of a pavilion – or “Sala” in Thai – as a place of leisure offering a moment of rest and togetherness. Follow The Performance Agency and Tars Gallery on Instagram for further information on the day of each performance.
PERFORMANCE PROGRAM with Jitti Chompee, Wesley Hsu, Notep, NúÚ P3A☭3 and Albrecht Pischel
NúÚ P3A☭3 performs an anonymous site-specific live set in between the aisles of Tesco. Listen to their soundscape of neoliberal resilience live-streamed on your headphones via the Instagram accounts of @theperformanceagency, @tarsgallery and @nuhpeace while browsing through the supermarket shelves for an enhanced shopping experience. ‘There’s n0 Fr33d0m here… We only have Fr33 MaRk3t stored for you’. Make sure your phone is charged and bring your headphones.