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Embrace by Nanu Youttananukorn x Hear & Found

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'Embrace' is a rammed earth pavilion built around a fallen tree, inviting listeners to navigate around the twist and turn of a majestic life form that was once standing tall in the field. The installation is inspired by the concept of Earth and a soundscape composed by Hear & Found made from recordings of ceremonial natures from the ethnic minorities in Thailand, including Tai Song Dum, Muzer and Hmong. These ceremonial songs can be seen as living memories of their ancestors, kept alive by reciting, recycling and re-occurring in the rhythm of traditions. Convinced that there is life after death, often these chantings, songs and rituals are means of communication with the spirit—a mediation between the living and the sacred.

Like Earth, the structure and soundscape within also contains our ancestral memories. Our entire history of evolution can be found inside our living body, which came from the earth. Our conscious knowledge and unconscious reflexes are stored inside our seeds. As we pass, the cycle of life begins as it ends. The pavilion can be seen as a metaphor for decay, a transition of materials, and a return to mother nature. In the intimacy of semi-enclosed space, surrounded by the very material that lends us our body, it evokes the feeling of a warm embrace of the earth.

Pakphum (Nanu) Youttananukorn is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and maker. His work varies from functional art to unique pieces of furniture and installations, all predominantly made out of wood. His designs investigate the intention and emotion of pre-existing objects, traditions and mythologies.

Sirasar Boonma (Mae) is the founder of Hear & Found, a Bangkok-based social enterprise that aims to erase the existence of discrimination, especially among indigenous groups, by bringing recognition and understanding through music, sound and creative approach. She is a sound artist, producing soundscapes and sound design that tell a story, especially about the local Thai ways of life.

'Embrace' is a rammed earth pavilion built around a fallen tree, inviting listeners to navigate around the twist and turn of a majestic life form that was once standing tall in the field. The installation is inspired by the concept of Earth and a soundscape composed by Hear & Found made from recordings of ceremonial natures from the ethnic minorities in Thailand, including Tai Song Dum, Muzer and Hmong. These ceremonial songs can be seen as living memories of their ancestors, kept alive by reciting, recycling and re-occurring in the rhythm of traditions. Convinced that there is life after death, often these chantings, songs and rituals are means of communication with the spirit—a mediation between the living and the sacred.

Like Earth, the structure and soundscape within also contains our ancestral memories. Our entire history of evolution can be found inside our living body, which came from the earth. Our conscious knowledge and unconscious reflexes are stored inside our seeds. As we pass, the cycle of life begins as it ends. The pavilion can be seen as a metaphor for decay, a transition of materials, and a return to mother nature. In the intimacy of semi-enclosed space, surrounded by the very material that lends us our body, it evokes the feeling of a warm embrace of the earth.

Pakphum (Nanu) Youttananukorn is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and maker. His work varies from functional art to unique pieces of furniture and installations, all predominantly made out of wood. His designs investigate the intention and emotion of pre-existing objects, traditions and mythologies.

Sirasar Boonma (Mae) is the founder of Hear & Found, a Bangkok-based social enterprise that aims to erase the existence of discrimination, especially among indigenous groups, by bringing recognition and understanding through music, sound and creative approach. She is a sound artist, producing soundscapes and sound design that tell a story, especially about the local Thai ways of life.