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Portrait of Tom Sachs. Photo: Mario Sorrenti
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Tom Sachs Space Program: INFINITY Bangkok Art Biennale

31 August 2022
For the Bangkok Art Biennale, a traditional Thai “Huatong” longtail boat, indigenous to the South of Thailand, becomes a vessel that joins Tom Sachs’ ongoing Space Program.
 
Through an extensive collaboration between Sachs, Tom Sachs Studio, boat builders in Krabi, and the family-run boatyard at Wat Bawornmongkol, a fisherman’s longtail boat is given a second life for a journey through time and space.
 
In keeping with the traditions of boatmaking in Thailand, as well as the rituals that accompany this long-standing craft, a hybrid vessel is fabricated from a dialogue between Sachs and the craftsmen and, arising out of mutual love for the sea, it is brought to life.
 
It was Sachs’ encounter with a longtail boat on his first visit to Thailand in 2012 that inspired this project and why a seafaring boat from the south of Thailand will have its maiden river voyage on the Chao Phraya before being installed as a sculpture. Like the tide and wind that inform life at sea, there is no finite end to the journey so long as the spirit of collaboration and exploration continues. The boat takes on its second life as the INFINITY and, here in Bangkok, it begins the first leg of its new journey.
 
A vessel and crew that searches beyond the realms of the physical consensual reality into other dimensions of perception and cultural norms in search of cosmic truths and states of being. - Tom Sachs
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