You might have seen this installation at the top of National Gallery Singapore and may have thought to yourself that it’s some kind of ongoing construction, but it’s not.
In fact, what you see is an artwork created by 57-year-old Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, called ‘Untitled 2018 (The infinite dimensions of smallness)‘.
Untitled 2018 is a participatory work that seeks to blur the line between art and its audiences by making them pause for a moment, to make time and space to experience something new.
As quoted by Rirkrit, “I like to make work where I don’t have to tell people what to do. I want people who come to just be themselves.”
This massive bamboo maze measuring a massive four metres high, 15 metres wide and 19 metres long, hides a small little Japanese tea room, where you’ll have to navigate your way through to reach it.
Fitting four people at a time in each 30-minute session, visitors can experience a rare opportunity to be a part of the ancient beautiful art of the Japanese tea ceremony that happens every first Sunday of the month from now till 7 October 2018.
In response to Singapore’s hot weather, performance artist Mai Ueda uses iced watermelon juice to replace water for the tea during the ceremony, which serves as the perfect thirst quencher.
While the size of the bamboo maze may seem daunting, it actually creates a sense of guidance that allows you to navigate it instinctively. Whereas the tea room in the middle acts as a form of a destination; the end point of the maze.
Rirkrit’s Untitled 2018 as a whole, feels like a journey of self-discovery to find something new to you or to reconnect with yourself and others on a more direct and personal level.
Dates & Times: (Untitled 2018) 24 January – 28 October 2018, (Sat – Thu*) 10am – 7pm, (Sunday) 10am – 9pm; (Tea Ceremonies) Every first Sunday of the month from now until 7 October 2018, 2pm – 6pm
*Public holidays and the Eve of PH will follow the opening hours of the day it falls on.
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