Untitled (state du miroir / the mirror stage), 2019
Rirkrit developed an AR (Augmented Reality) mobile application which interactively operates with “mirror screens”(Permanent collection of the National Museum), these two mirrors traditionally performed dual functions: spiritually, as a screen to deflect unwelcome spirits; and temporally, as a screen to demarcate private space. With their phones between them and the mirrors, visitors meet the apparent reflection of a fictional character, with an introspective and distinct soliloquy.
Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. 1961) Rirkrit’s work often invites viewers to inhabit and activate his work, showing interest in subverting deeply-ingrained ways of interacting with art. He ignores the prescribed division between art and life, constructing communal environments that offer playful alternative venues for quotidian activities. Consequently, what is evoked is a relational dynamic—and oftentimes utilitarian ambiance—that focuses on real-time experience and exchange that breaks down the barriers between the object and the spectator, and emphasizes a still rare, public accessibility of official constructs of history.