‘124 Umbrellas’ is a 45-minute performance that will take place at the Eco Pavilion in the mornings and evenings, to explore the space though directed movement, and engage with elements specific to the architecture and its programming. London-based architect and movement performer Elin Eyborg will tend the structure like a gardener and interact with the audience throughout the performances.
In the morning, the structure will open like a blossoming flower, forming a vibrantly colored central canopy. In the evening, it will be transformed into a forest of singular poles. Counting the 124 handcrafted, hand-painted, cotton umbrellas (made by Chiang Mai Umbrellas) through the process of opening and closing is a way of celebrating them individually and acknowledging the time and care dedicated to each. Come and experience the transformation of singular objects into a gathering space for unexpected encounters.
A Singing Sea
Step inside A Singing Sea, a bell-shaped installation adorned with discarded materials collected from the beaches and seas of Thailand, to examine and interact with the sounds of its various materials. Conceptualized by Satit Raksasri, a contemporary artist whose practice covers painting, photography, illustration, and live performance, the installation stands as a symbolic yet critical call for change from the human consumption that has collectively endangered the world’s most crucial natural resource: the ocean.
A Taste of Wonder
Step into the style zone where Thai and international fashion houses join forces to create stunning festival gear exclusively available at Wonderfruit. Browse racks of fabulous pieces from the vintage to the futuristic and mix and match for the perfect ensemble.
A Wanderer, Wandering
In a roaming performance, Tigre Bailando will bring to life a mystical being as he meanders The Fields and transcends the veil to walk among Wonderers. The multi-disciplinary artist, whose work spans visual, ritual and performative arts, will draw on the deep reservoirs of mystery and magic to impregnate the world and beings that surround us. Both tenderly curious and elegantly aloof, his works are known to move through the world with an enigmatic grace – a concept that he will evolve in The Fields.
Angel of Southeast
The traditional Thai belief of spirits in nature inspired Kitti Sangkaew to interpret the concept of a land guardian into a spirited sculpture. Having watched over our land in years past, the whimsical entity has moved into our new home to stand sentry among the trees at Wonder Garden. With raised arms, she beckons all Wonderers into the wellness area where seekers are invited to connect with their inner Axis Mundi. Discover their divine purpose while bathing yourself in a lavender scented elixir. This aromatherapy treatment will bring comfort to your mental, energetic and physical state so that you can go forth and be wild all over again.
Inspired by traditional Japanese and Thai bathing rituals, the Bath House is an oasis of calm within the pulsating energy of the wider Wonderfruit experience. Designed by innovative British designer Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design Studio and built onto one of our natural lakes, the Bath House will offer an opportunity to find tranquility, reflection and peace amid the madness of a four-day festival. Wander across a sequence of unique bamboo structures to discover different cultural practices and treatment methods using water, and their ability to make positive changesin our body and mind.
Bond by ZIEGHT
The fifth iteration of Wonderfruit also marks the fifth light installation created by ZIEGHT in The Fields.
FindBond arranged around a central tree at the Cheese Shack and get closer to nature as the light invites you forward.“Bond” refers to the relationship between the natural and the human-made. It explores color and movement and how these concepts compliment and reflect one another. Thanks to its size and circular form, the tree becomes the energetic center of the piece. Witness how we are drawn to the tree by its powerful pull, and the sense of unity that is created by the invisible force between nature and humans.Bond represents the circle of eternal friendship and appreciation between Wonderfruit and ZIEGHT.
Food is an important life force, so knowledge and methods of preservation and processing are vital for survival when resources are limited and conditions are shifting. Camp Edible is a base for pioneers to experiment and learn about various, creative and ancient ways to work with locally sourced ingredients. Explore fermentation, aging, food waste, natural aroma and dye, and more. Run by Bangkok-based design team Salt and Pepper Design Studio and led by Chef Black of Blackitch Artisan Kitchen from Chiangmai, the project is informed by our innate human nature of migration, while celebrating the creativity that comes from necessity.
See a list of workshops happening at Camp Edible below.
Hidden somewhere within the woods of our new land is the Cheese Shack, the product of Thailand’s own design firm Mpdstudio. Quirky, fun and unexpected – much like most of the experiences at Wonderfruit – the Cheese Shack is inspired by Tokyo’s karaoke bars and designed as a communal space forWonderers to unleash their singing divas, croon along to familiar tunes and have funtogether. This hidden gem is made out of recycled and reused materials with the interior embellished by funky tones and different kinds of hanging costumes, whichvisitors to the Cheese Shack can take out and wear.
Crazy Little People called “Dogs”
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Gaysorn Village brings from Bangkok to The Fields a creation starring man's best friend by renowned Thai artist, Tavorn Silakunaporn. The whimsical dog bamboo sculptures are inspired by Japanese cartoons and each one is meticulously crafted by time-honored and traditional bamboo weaving techniques from Sangkaburi, Kanchanaburi. This modern take on complex cultural styles combined with simplistic cultural artisan traditions creates a striking and playful artistic expression.
Dew Flower: water tower
Experience Wonderfruit from a new perspective this year: from up high. Bird’s-eye views of The Fields will be abundant but the Dew Flower takes vantage points to the next level. Part water tower and part look out, the Dew Flower captures and collects moisture from the air by incorporating waterharvesting techniques and Wonderers can fully interact with the process by hopping on swings to help shake down captured droplets, which flow down to the garden below. Wonderers can make their way up the structure, designed by Bangkok's PO-D Architects, to the terrace andenjoy epic vistas of The Fields. This exquisite yet functional installation captures the essence of local bamboo building with its form inspired by the decorative pieces used in ceremonial parades from northeastern Thailand to bless the farming season.
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Slithering back onto The Fields this year is the modular body of a serpentine creature, who will glide through the grassy terrain and fold around itself. Wonderers are welcome to move and shape the lengthy and flexible structure to create different play spaces. Inspired by a Chinese dragon toy, the paper structure transforms into various sculptural forms. The sculpture is a work by Punyisa Silparassamee, whose art is known to present interactions between time, history and memory, and who uses familiar cultural objects that are deconstructed and rebuilt into new experiences.
FUTURO – X by The Waldorf Project
Although the story really begins the moment you set foot in The Fields, the ultimate culmination takes place on the night of 16 December with a fully immersive, communal performance, during which every other element of the festival will be completely deprogrammed. Featuring a cast of 250, including dancers from Bangkok Dance Academy alongside the core team from Waldorf Projects UK, the environment design and choreography of FUTURO - X also stars artificial intelligence in a fundamental new role. After six months of planning and years of psychological research, mathematical work and scientific experimentation, a group of strangers will be synergized, into one connected organism. This daring experiment in consciousness transformation will be the largest of its kind the world has ever seen.
In the Eyes of the Animal
Presenting our first foray into virtual reality and technology: discover a cinematic work that takes users on a fascinating journey above the tree canopy, where they will come face-to-face with hi-definition critters and embody various animals as they traverse a natural forest. Put on your VR mask and artistically interpret the sensory world of animals through binaural sound design that further increases your experience of the virtual environment by mimicking the natural perception of sound in space. Not only will you hear but ‘feel’ the sounds, as audio vibrations create an experience connected to all the senses. The ultimate goal of this project, put together by London-based Marshmallow Laser Feast, is to create an understanding of how animals process optical information and to give us a chance to reflect on our own visual perceptions of the environment.
Icebergs in Thailand - who would have thought? Island dramatizes the vitality of water both in foreign and local places in the form of icebergs that are alienated from their tropical hosting space. Emerging from the ground as poetic monuments, the sculptures encapsulate selected plots of land and harvest the water released from the earth to nourish a thriving ecology inside. Bangkok-based conceptual artist Ruangsak Anuwatwimon considers water: a seemingly simple and abundant resource that exists everywhere from within our bodies to the oceans, yet one that poses countless accessibility and pollution problems around the world. He has further designed the experience to allow Wonderers to explore the relationship between humans and nature.
Lighting Design by Matteo Messervy
Once again Matteo stamps his artistic signature on Wonderfruit.In line with the conceptual vision that has underlined his work for more than two decades, the artist continues to reveal how lighting can be a powerful medium between man-made constructions and nature. He paints the landscape with his light mastery and turns it into a soothing and therapeutic experience, restoring a deep sense of well-being and serenity.Matteo Messervy intends to build a vibrant and colorful synaptic bridge to gently guide the sensory transition of the public from their urban setting to the lush greenery of the jungle surrounding The Fields. He fills the widening gap between our harsh concrete cityscape and a natural environment you can connect with, embrace and protect.
Lighting Designs by Eiji Sumi, Go Ueda, Jiro Endo and Peem Poolpol
This Bangkok-based lighting collective comprises artists and designers with various lighting practices including art installations, events, concerts and various multi-media scenarios. They will light The Fields with spectacular spectrums and spur your senses to the outermost realms of the world through bewildering architectural and natural settings. Be mesmerized by their lights at Solar Stage, The Quarry and our jungle pathways.
Mobile Tai Lue
A collaboration by British and Thai designers, and a weaving community in Nan, Thailand, this art car focuses on slow fashion and local Tai Lue textile traditions. The project is an extension of the British Council’s Crafting Futures program, which works with a community of weavers in Pua District, Nan Province, to build their capacity and enhance their livelihood. A golf buggy will act as a mobile workshop and exhibition unit and you'll be able to make an art piece from Tai Lue textiles and fabric waste, and learn about slow fashion and Tai Lue weaving. The final art piece will be exhibited at Ban Donchai Village in Pua, Nan, after Wonderfruit.
Originally designed as an art activity in a historical precinct of Bangkok city by Attaphol Sudawannasu, the herd of Offering Horses returns to roam The Fields of Wonderfruit. Horsecycles sculpted from recycled and culturally significant materials like marigold, vetiver grass, shrine cloth and firecracker will be programmed as tour guides through the festival’s cultural arts and architectural projects. Look for them in the Upper Field to find out more about the daily ride schedule.
Pearl & Celeste
In The Fields of Wonderfruit, a celestial space cat searches for his oceanic pearl; at sunrise and sunset, these giants embrace and spread their love to the world. This is the story of Pearl & Celeste, a puppet ballet of vast proportions conceived by Nice Monster, a Bangkok-based team of animation and puppet specialists, who use their work as a call to arms against the current environmental crisis. In Pearl & Celeste, the puppets' external shells will be created from plastic waste, with designs that take inspiration from motion, nature and pioneers of the art world like Miyazaki, Bauhaus and Bowie.
The Serpentine Walkway is a bridge that connects the festival grounds through the forest and over waterways - a transitional element that leads Wonderers from lively, energy-filled areas to a tranquil space. When the sun is shining, Wonderers can explore the forest, seeking refuge in the overhanging shade. After dusk, the structure will be lit from below creating a floating path between the two lands. From the minds of Bangkok-based design team Mpdstudio, the walkway is paved using bricks made from local clay, lined with egg-shaped railings and sheltered by a roof made from thin clusters of bamboo.
Imagine the psychological state of being in a black hole. Then experience it in The Silent Room. The matte black structure is fully soundproofed and anechoic; step inside for a very rare and precious moment alone. The interior blocks out all sound from the outside and absorbs any sound that is made inside, while the monochromic lighting filters out all colors. The space, designed by Dutch London-based artist Simon Heijdens, delivers an immersive experience of silence and peace, devoid of any visual or audible manifestation except the self, to create a rare, unmediated state.
Play and playfulness are the core elements of the Spirilva Poacendere experience, by interdisciplinary artist Thea Rae. The bamboo installation is inspired by the land's whimsical beauty and the artist's practices in robotics, dance and acrobatics. Lovers of nature will revel in the kinetic components designed for interactions with tree spaces. Explore upwards, beyond the walking path for wilder perspectives through the forest.
The 60 Second Film Festival
The 60 Second Film Festival is a “super short” film festival, presenting films with a duration of 60 seconds or less. Clips come from all over the world however many of the films showcased at Wonderfruit come from local talent who have won with their submissions. Catch them on the screens at the Eco Pavilion.
Theatre of Feasts
This year, we’re thinking about the culinary experience in an unconventional way. Conceived by Hackney-based studio Ab Rogers Design, our new Theatre of Feasts should inspire you to dine a little differently as we turn our award-winning chefs into headline acts, who'll delivering a performance to 200 communally seated diners. Not unlike a circus big top where food is the star performer, the Theatre of Feasts is inspired by the notion that a structure should be defined by the activities it contains. Diners will become part of the action, sitting in an unbroken ring of bamboo tables around the perimeter of the tent and encircling the chefs who take center stage at a bright kitchen island - executing dinner ‘in the round’ for their audience. To get there, cross one of three narrow humpbacked bamboo bridges into a warm, vibrant and intimate social space.
Step out of your comfort zone and get into character; the Wonder Salon is stocked to bursting with supplies and materials for you create the outlandish fantasy accessories of your dreams. Let your creative juices flow and design your own, or put yourself in the capable hands of the Salon’s fabulous stylists. Get glamorous with face-paint, body-paint and nail-art or scrub up with a slick trim from the barber service.