Albrecht Pischel

Installation and performance programme in collaboration with TARS Gallery

13.11.21 - 01.12.21

@ various locations around the city as linked in the PERFORMANCE PROGRAM below

Albrecht Pischel, FREEDOM FROM THIRST, Exhibition view by TARS

Jitti Chompee

NúÚ P3A☭3


Wesley Hsu


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

Friday 26 November

by Jitti Chompee

6:15pm – 7pm on Phittaya Sathian Bridge

Enigmatic figures choreographed by Jitti Chompee appear on the playground of the Galleries’ Night circuit.

Saturday 27 November

TESCORAVE ©®™2K21: The Acceleration Of Automation
by NúÚ P3A☭3

3:30pm – 4:30pm inside The Future Tesco at Lotus Rama 1

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.

On The Rocks
by Albrecht Pischel

8pm – 9pm at TARS Gallery

The pavilion travels back to TARS for a late night sonic activation of FREEDOM FROM THIRST by Albrecht Pischel.

Sunday 28 November

Sound Bath
by Notep
accompanied by Wesley Hsu

4pm – 5pm at Lumphini Park pavilion (coordinates: 13.730447, 100.543835)

An impressive retrofuturistic pavilion in the midst of Bangkok’s largest park sets the tone for a moment of rest and sound discovery.

FREEDOM FROM THIRST is funded by Ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and Goethe Institut Bangkok.