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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.