Specializing in Thai & Asian Contemporary Art

Designing Informality: inhabitable chariots for daily rituals

H Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of installation based works by INDA, International Program in Design and Architecture of the Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Entitled, “Designing Informality,” the exhibition will take place between the 4th and the 27th June 2018

Directed by Ajarn Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri, 20 students of the 2nd year program, “Design-Build Project,” will explore ideas of identity, folklore and rituals which will be translated into an architectural assemblage.

Bangkok streets are lined with ubiquitous stalls, makeshift kitchens and a large variety of temporary structures selling different food, clothes, and electronic gadgets. This urban condition represents the continuation of a long-standing tradition of informal trade within the community.

In such a context, we see informality as an effective response to pre-conceived societal structures, as an instrument to re-organize political and formal imposed conditions. It is rooted in people's daily life, producing its own social, economic and cultural sphere, manifested through symbolically charged objects and mundane rituals.

Through pictures, drawings and physical models, the exhibition aims to identify the appropriate design categories to grasp informality into an architectural device. An inhabitable chariot, treated as typological device – an hybrid synthesis between a market stall and a religious baldaquin, will be constructed and displayed within the spaces of the H Gallery.

Researching what the markets already offer, sell and display - a precise logic to curate a variable organization of goods, without misrepresenting the informality and spontaneity of the outcome.

The chariot’s architectural conditions will produce a spatial scaffolding to challenge the relationship between the different actors that will inhabit it: sellers, monks, musicians, guests and pedestrians.

The effects of the chariot in different situations and architectural configurations will be tested and recorded, through a series of designed rituals and informal gatherings - highlighting the mutual influence between people's behaviors and designed elements.

During the entire period of exhibition, particular attention will be dedicated to the artisanal crafting of specific ornamental and functional components, to understand the deep connection among aesthetics, mechanisms and spontaneous reactions.


June 4 – 27th 2018