Art/Culture

Gorge Your Senses at Wonderfruit

Wonderfruit Art Projects are socially engaging, interactive, performative, site-specific, sustainable, and spectacular. Platforms range widely: from stages, installations, and performances to workshops and art cars.

February 08, 2017
To enter Wonderfruit is to be immersed in a world where all senses are touched, a realm where music, art, wellness, food, farming and being happy converge— perfectly captured in the festival’s art projects. The Art projects at Wonderfruit often carry on from the year before; forming relationships that don’t fade but get stronger over time, allowing the artists to explore different facets of their work and a create a project together for Wonderfruit. Then there are the new projects that will take place in 2017, the fruits of a new relationship.

Wonderfruit then . . . .

Since Wonderfruit's first edition in 2014, environmentally-driven artworks have been highlights of the art programme. The outdoor festival setting is the perfect platform to discuss the balance between man and nature, and the positive role that we can play in a healthy ecosystem.
ISLAND by Takashi Kuribayashi | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

Takashi Kuribayashi’s ISLANDS is a living commentary of how the world has been separated into borders and nations that are irrelevant to the course of nature, demonstrated on Wonderfruit’s living lake. Through time, the floating map of water plants have grown, multiplied, and shifted themselves out of continental shapes, breaking cartographic boundaries.

Ruangsak Anuwatwimon | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

Ruangsak Anutwatwimon’s C.C.D. Rhythm installations were groupings of architectural models made of recycled carton boards; each housed beehives with live bees feeding off the pollen of local blooms in the Wonderfruit fields.

Blossome Poetica | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

In Blossome Poetica, Aligna created a garden of flowers from locally-sourced, discarded containers and materials, before leading workshops for attendees to create their own installations from waste.

ZIEGHT’s light village housed several large, bare, geometric structures hosted by Secret Keepers | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

In 2015, ZIEGHT’s light village housed several large, bare, geometric structures hosted by Secret Keepers (created by Dujdao Vadhanapakorn), who invited visitors for a private session in which they were able to share their deepest darkest secrets. Simultaneously, the Secret Keepers left their space to dance and move their collected secrets; a gesture of empathy and release. Throughout the secret sessions and performances, the light structure were live animated according to changing activities.

Wit Pimkanchanapong’s Yokyor kinetic sculpture | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

Artist Wit Pimkanchanapong’s Yokyor kinetic sculpture took inspiration from Thailand’s traditional fishing method, where the net is dipped in and out of water to catch fish. Installed on the biggest tree on the festival site, the net was replaced with neon lights, curiously blooming and closing throughout the night.

Witaya Junma’s Into the Wind simulated nature’s element of air | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

Witaya Junma’s Into the Wind simulated nature’s element of air: viewers were invited to blow into sensors set beside two large, transparent cubes to trigger phenomena. One cube simulated fluffy pollen, blown up and twirling into a wind tunnel as more and more breath is contributed. The other amplified one person’s breath into the wind to create iridescent giant bubbles that would burst as you touch them, creating a sudsy sensation. A simple human action was transformed by a mechanical system to produce an exceptionally fantastical and dreamy experience.

Living Stage | Picture: Courtesy of Wonnderfruit | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

iy_project was the epitome of multi-disciplinary, all-involving, immersive experience. In collaboration with Edenlab, the spectacular sound and vision work headlined Wonderfruit’s 2015 Living Stage, where light artist Chris Levine performed live with musician Jon Hopkins, transforming the sky into a sea of nebula light forms and dancing clouds.

Wonderfruit Stages | Picture: Courtesy of Wonderfruit

Then there are the Wonderfruit stages. Of all the stages established through Wonderfruit’s history, iit would be Joel Stockdill’s 2015 Living Stage that stands out as spectacular in all senses of the word. With a skilled artist crew, he gave birth to a pair of egrets gracefully perched on either side of the headlining stage. Paying respect to the farming land of Thailand, Joel’s birds symbolized the symbiotic relationship that the egret and the buffalo have with the rice fields.

Wonderfruit’s 2017 Arts:
The established themes of Wonderfruits past continue into 2017 with an increase in both the scope and scale of works to be discovered at the festival. Highlights include: the return of Adam Pollina, designer of the 2014 Solar Stage with Jim Thompson and the 2015 Ziggurat Bar, to conceptualize designs for the entire festival; a new Farm Stage by PO-D Architects and Thor Kaichon; a reinvented Solar Stage from the mind of Gregg Fleishman, whose creations are regular highlights at Burning Man; a roving installation by Tom Potisit, which reflects the increasingly fragile interdependence between man and ocean in an installation built from waste collected by Trash Hero Thailand; and an interactive installation station by Indonesia’s Waft Lab, offering interdisciplinary activities inspired by Southeast Asian myths and folklore about the natural world, from experimental audiovisual performances to synthesizing sounds from fruits, and making seed bombs.