25, May 2007 16:54
Sakarin Krue-On 1965年在Mae Hong Son出生 in 1965，現任曼谷Silpakorn大學藝術系主任，在他的空間裝置、錄像藝術裡，結合了傳統泰國藝術類型、繪畫技巧和色彩符號和神話故事，結合當代的藝術技巧。在他的作品風格中隱含對於現代社交環境、資本主義、東方媒體對佛教對泰國社會影響的反諷。
Sakarin Krue-On, “Terraced Rice Fields Art Project”
With this site-specific work the Thai artist Sakarin Krue-On will be breaking new ground. For the first time in Germany rice will be cultivated in the open air with the planting of terraced rice fields on the hilly terrain of the Bergpark below Schloss Wilhelmshöhe. With this project the artistic direction will be paying a contemporary tribute to the enlightenment “theme park”.
The terraces as well as the rice planting will be realized according to traditional methods and carried out by Krue-On and his Thai team including an experienced rice grower as well as experts from the Kassel region and documenta staff. As far as possible the work will be conducted without the use of machinery, relying on traditional methods and the use of simple hand tools such as spades, forks and hoes. If the coming summer proves warm and dry enough the rice could flower as early as June, produce panicles by July and bear fruit in September. However if the 100 days of the exhibition are dominated by rain the rice may not even come into flower.
This demonstrates the process-related, experimental character of the work. Even during the planning and realization work culturally distinct working methods clash and need to be negotiated in an ongoing translation and communication process. Collective work meets a modern division of labor, time honored knowledge meets scientific expertise, agriculture meets park maintenance. It is less the results, the growth or the harvest that are of interest and more the path taken, the work, the cultivation – and above all the picturesque scene of the rice terraces in front of the castle within the well-tended park landscape. A new perspective on cultivated nature.
The site-specific installation, a clear reference to the cascades in the Bergpark, symbolically stages the meeting of different cultures: Wilhelmshöhe Castle – with its status, design and symbolic power clearly an architectural monument of west European origin – and the rice field – a testimony to the appropriation of nature and its use as a means of subsistence, a symbol for growth, development and collective work. Are they equal partners or is the one simply the backdrop for the other? Sakarin Krue-On poses questions in the hope that the visitors will find their own answers.
About the artist
Sakarin Krue-On, born in Mae Hong Son in 1965 is director of the Thai Art Department of the Silpakorn University in Bangkok, where he also teaches. In his space-oriented installations, video projections and objects he seizes on the traditional Thai genres, painting techniques, color symbolism and mythological narratives, combining them with contemporary art production techniques. The critical-ironic potential in his work addresses, amongst other things, the modern conditions of the social environment, the capitalist forces and material orientation of the once Buddhist influenced Thai society.
The first preparatory work for the rice field has started yesterday, 07.05.2007. Further information on the “Terraced Rice Fields Art Project” as well as pictures are available here.