Wednesday, 17 October 2012

“It isn’t what you see that is important, but what takes place between people. - Rirkrit Tiravanija”

[1] Paris, December l993
Hans Ulrich Obrist:
You said, "Basically I started to make things so that people would have to use them, which means if you want to buy something then you have to use it... It's not meant to be put out with other sculpture or like another relic and looked at, but you have to use it.  I found that was the best solution to my contradiction in terms of making things and not making things.  Or trying to make less things, but more useful things or more useful relationships."  In terms of your idea that "it is not what you see that is important but what takes place between people," when was the first time you set up a temporary kitchen and cooked curry in a museum or gallery setting?
Rirkrit Tiravanija:
It was called [Untitled 1989] (...). The first food piece was displayed in a group exhibition at the Scott Hanson Gallery, which no longer exists ("Outside the Clock: Beyond Good & Elvis," Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, 1989). Four pedestals were blocking the passage between the entry way and the exhibition space. On these pedestals were displayed various processes of a curry being cooked, i.e., a pedestal for ingredients, a pedestal with curry cooking on a burner, a pedestal with waste products. The visitors could smell the cooking curry as they entered the space; the smell permeated through the gallery. A new pot of curry was cooked once a week. But the curry was not to be eaten.
And when was the first time that you invited the "viewers" to share and taste the curry?
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