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Lamitak laminates are used in homes, offices, restaurants and other interiors everywhere, thanks to their immense decorative potential. Now they are stepping into the art world, with Lamitak’s participation in the Venice Art Biennale 2019, the prestigious international art exhibition which runs from May 11 to November 24 this year.

Lamitak goes to the Venice Art Biennale! Discover the thought provoking Gerai Tai Tai art installation

Jun 18, 2019 2:57:00 PM.

Lamitak laminates can be found in homes, offices, restaurants and other interiors everywhere, thanks to their immense decorative potential. Now they are stepping into the art world, with Lamitak’s participation in the Venice Art Biennale 2019, the prestigious international art exhibition which runs from May 11 to November 24 this year.

Our laminates were used in Gerai Tai Tai, an installation by the Malaysia-based architectural design collective POW Ideas. POW ideas is the first Malaysia architect firm to exhibit at the art event, being invited by the GAA foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation supported by the European Cultural Centre. The GAA Foundation aims to raise awareness about Time-Space-Existence in contemporary art and architecture. Here is what you need to know about Gerai Tai Tai.

Banner - 2 pics-1Colourful amulets are displayed on the wall as part of the Gerai Tai Tai installation.

So what exactly is Gerai Tai Tai?

Presented within the theme of Personal Structures, Gerai Tai Tai is an interactive fortune telling installation. It was conceptualised as a pop-up gerai (Malay for stall) at a pasar malam (Malay for night market). Visitors to the stall will encounter a Tai Tai (a colloquial Chinese term for a wealthy married woman who does not work), who provides a soothsaying experience to her customers. Watch the video below!

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The installation involves an interactive and sensory experience with a fortune-telling Tai Tai who feeds visitors with jellies.

 




How does it work?

The Tai Tai offers each customer six dices to roll and then three delectable jellies to consume. As one takes a bite of each jelly, the mystic will do her readings, describing the different flavours, textures and colours to represent the past, present and future. This experience allows visitors to not only be a part of the art work but to also take something back; be it a word of caution, a love advice or a future mandate.

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The sophisticated leather-look Godiva Luxe laminate is used for the surface of the table, creating a soft touchpoint for visitors.

How does Lamitak come into the picture?

Lamitak supported POW Ideas with funding for the installation as well as provided the laminates to create the aesthetic look and feel of the space in which the clairvoyant Tai Tai operates. POW Ideas chose three black-based laminates in which to clad the booth with – High Gloss Black (GPC 1066), Cylinder (DXO 1108S), and Caden Tobias Steel (DXN 4330M). The dark colour allows the installation to stand out in the shared white exhibition space and contrasts with the firecracker red of the acrylic sign. In addition, the different textural quality of each laminate reacts with light in a different way, creating mystery and design ambiguity which beckons visitors to come close.

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The dark laminated surface of the booth is made from a collage of three laminates, each with a different texture.

The interior of the booth is finished with Brushed Bronze (MET 8999), a metallic laminate with a hairline finish for a sense of luxury and spaciousness. White LED illumination inside reflects off the metallic surface for added drama and frames the display of resins as well. In contrast, table surfaces are covered with the Godiva Luxe (DXO 5319B) laminate, which has a leather finish to provide a warm and gentle feel when touched. Brushed Black (MTA 1108XL) edging completes the look.

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Gerai Tai Tai is a visual, sensory and performative installation rolled into one.






Find out more about the laminates that are used in the Gerai Tai Tai installation, by visiting the Lamitak Studio at 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub 2 #01-61 Singapore 338729. For more information, contact the studio at 6592-5200 and studio@lamitak.com; or drop by during the opening hours below


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Friday: 11.30am–6.30pm
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