Wonderfruit 2022 balances artwork, tradition, music and nature in Thailand

by Editors Staff

Wonderfruit 2022 just lately wrapped up – and within the eight years since Pete Phornprapha launched the competition’s first version, again in 2014, the occasion has turn into a bona fide fixture on an already overcrowded Australasian competition circuit. Actually, Wonderfruit has at all times had severe musical chops, luring a worldwide Rolodex of bold-faced musicians to play in imaginatively constructed venues – the latter unfold throughout 140 acres of land owned by Phornprapha’s household on the grounds of Pattaya’s Siam Nation Membership, a brisk two-hour drive south of Bangkok. However simply as crucially, over time, Wonderfruit’s MO has been finely tuned to a bigger objective: to discover what Phornprapha describes because the intersection between artwork and tradition, music and nature. The higher, goes the pondering, ‘to encourage, develop and innovate significant relationships with ourselves and nature’.

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Wonderfruit 2022

For a lot of the 25,000 competition goers on the 2022 version of the competition – again on the calendar after a two-year Covid-driven hiatus – the bodily type of the occasion was the honey lure: as soon as folks have been on the grounds, the eclectic programming would do the remaining. For what actually units Wonderfruit 2022 aside from different cultural, dance and musical festivals resembling Glastonbury and Burning Man is its canny mixture of points of interest. There’s one thing for everybody right here – physique language workshops, DYI dyeing and yoga, alongside dwell DJ units, natural eating, and shamanic breathwork.

Flower obsession by Yayoi Kusama at Wonderfruit 2022 festival

Flower Obsession by Yayoi Kusama 

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Phornprapha and his crack squad of architects, designers, cooks, musicians, artists, wellness practitioners and life coaches put collectively an occasion the place structure fiends have been thrilled by the venues concocted by competition master-planner Ab Rogers. The Lisbon-based architect charged his coterie of primarily Thai designers to create dozens of great follies from sustainable, recycled supplies – the collective forming a veritable micro-city. 

neramit festival stage at Wonderfruit 2022

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Artist Nanu Youttananukorn, as an illustration, up to date a earlier set up known as Embrace – a cocoon of rammed earth wrapped round a fallen tree – with new columns solid from animal feed baggage, and a soundtrack of Thai tribal music recorded by music curators Hear and Discovered; while Boonserm Premthada, contemporary from his summer season exhibiting at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, original Open Kitchen, an enormous two-storey manse with no partitions, created from timber rescued from an previous tobacco manufacturing facility. Rogers himself up to date a slew of pavilions, together with Tub Home, a round floating bamboo platform on which guests sunned themselves at excessive midday, and the in-the-round Theatre of Feasts, a Mad Max-like eating corridor manufactured from bamboo, its raftered ceiling lower via like Rome’s Pantheon with a large oculus. ‘Music is spherical,’ Rogers defined. ‘That’s why my constructions listed below are spherical.’

kitchen pavilion at Wonderfruit festival 2022

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In the meantime, tall and loose-limbed, Phornprapha roamed the competition grounds on foot and on an electrical bike, his gregarious, infectious vitality feeding each dialog, whether or not his collaboration with rewilding consultants SUGi to plant 20,000 timber to create Ancestral Forest, an precise, self-sustaining forest on a four-acre nook; the way it’s vital to construct effectively with much less; or how he’s attempting to show Wonderfruit right into a 360-degree model. ‘It’s vital to have an ideology.’ On each metric, it’s an strategy embraced with enthusiasm by all of the designers, particularly because the inventive remit is so broad and upfront. As Premthada factors out, ‘Pete is easy and genuinely eager about sustainability. It’s not simply speak.’

Wonderfruit festival's the Walk installation

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‘Wonderfruit is a playground,’ Youttananukorn provides. ‘You get to attempt new concepts with none industrial stress.’ For Nick Luscombe – founding father of Tokyo-based sound artists MSCTY, who’re releasing a double cassette-tape field set that includes music created for unbuilt constructions and conceptual cities together with Richard Rogers’ Zip Up Home and Daniel Libeskind’s Theatrum Mundi – Wonderfruit has been the proper companion. ‘We developed a soundtrack for the brand new Ancestral Forest. All of our sounds for our soundscape, streamed in little pods dotted among the many timber, have been recorded within the unique Miyawaki forest in Yokohama. The thought is that these sounds begin small and quiet and, because the forest grows, so too will the complexity of our piece.’ Very like, we predict, Wonderfruit itself.

solar village at Wonderfruit festival

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theatre of feasts at Wonderfruit 2022 festival

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ethos pavilion at Wonderfruit 2022

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Isan Rice tower in Wonderfruit festival

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Wonderfruit sonic elements pavilion

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Wonderfruit ran 15 – 18 December 2022

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