Pearl of Lunar explores infrastructural desire and the future of Belt-and-Road Initiatives as seen through wealth accumulation, labor infiltration, and geopolitical control; but also, more ephemerally, the affective meshwork of possessiveness and greed that functions at the individual and corporate level.
Lunar Rock is a project by SpaceZab, a group of young scientists’ journey into Trad city, a rocky seaside landscape. They wade through rocks and the oceanside, excavating magmatic rock from the shore and the sea. The quest is to discover earth elements resembling moon dust for their future research and experiments.
Bangkok-based Henryandpartners is led by Henry Tan and uses performance and installation to investigate recent geopolitics and space exploration, with the pearl as a motif to signal the desire for wealth accumulation through supply chain expansion and labor infiltration. Staged to appeal to individual experience, paradigm change, and fun, gemstones are treated as a source of disposable income for the selling of social relations. Limitations and preferences constitute the ultimate pearl, in terms of natural availability and elemental potency, the cusp of modern pearl desirability. Henryandpartners exhibits a particular technology of operations and fabrication that engages directly with the intricacy of real-life influences, specifically to demonstrate how pearls can be consumed by themselves, or for aesthetic purposes, by becoming a bracelet, a tie or a collar.
Spacezab is a space technology start-up company founded in 2017 with the mission to design, develop and manufacture technology for future exploration and living in space. Founded by a team of researchers, engineers and scientists, Spacezab developed food production technology with a 3D printer and design tools for space experiments both on the ground and on the International Space Station. Spacezab develops space education products and services to create a space ecosystem and inspiration for Thailand in space.