Le Musée du Grand Dehors (The Museum of the Great Outdoors)

Artist: Amber Ginsburg, Sara Black & Charlie Vinz
Carbon from a White Oak Tree This a detail from, Witness Tree, an entire young oak that has been tra | 2018

Taking as a starting point the ‘Great Outdoors’, a term by French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux, referring to that which is beyond any framework of human thinking, Le Musée du Grand Dehors attempts to offer a glimpse into this impossibility through a single material: carbon. Carbon is fundamental to all matter in the universe, allowing for a shift away from the human-centric relationship to time and nature into “deep time”. Located in Than Bok Khorani national park, the work captures a breath in the carbon respiratory cycle: a once living tree is charcoalised into pure carbon, holding it for 2,000 years. The museum’s interior reflects the changing environment of the forest. With the dimly lit interior and irregular walls covered in stucco blackened by charcoal, and designed to direct natural light from outside to subtly illuminate the sculpture, visitors have to readjust their senses in their encounter with the sculpture. Does the ‘Great Outdoors’ require one to look “outside” to nature, but does it also shift one’s relationship to it?


The 1st Thailand Biennale2018 - Edge of the Wonderland | 2018.11.02 - 2019.02.28 | Krabi(Thailand)