Rirkrit Tiravanija, ‘The time travelers gage, (end)gauge...’, 2013, STPI

Full title: The time travelers gage, (end)gauge. A transformer designed to utilize the slight, wasted energies such as: the excess of pressure on an electric switch. the exhalation of tobacco smoke. the growth of a head of hair, of other body hair and of the nails. the fall of urine and excrement. movements of fear, astonishment, boredom, anger. laughter. dropping of tears. demonstrative gesture of hands, feet, nervous tics. forbidding glances. falling over the surprise. stretching, yawning, sneezing. ordinary spitting and of blood. vomiting. ejaculation. unruly hair, cowlicks. the sound of nose blowing, snoring. fainting. whistling, singing. sighs, etc...

About Rirkrit Tiravanija

Using human interaction as his primary material, Rirkrit Tiravanija goes beyond performance to create socially-engaged conceptual works that blur the boundaries of art in novel ways and bridge the division between public and private. Whether by offering visitors free curry in Untitled (Free) (1992) or inviting strangers to drop by and drink tea together in a replica of the artist’s home in Apartment 21 (Tomorrow Can Shut Up and Go Away) (2002), Tiravanija initiates ways to enable the public to be a part of the art-making process, what has been called relational aesthetics. Part social experiment, part ecological program, The Land (1999-) consists of an area of arable land in Thailand that Tiravanija and others transformed into a communally run site for participants to pursue artistic, agricultural, and social collaboration. He won a Hugo Boss Prize in 2004.

Thai, b. 1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina, based in New York City, Berlin, Chiang Mai

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

MIXTAPE 2016, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the Question, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice