When german born and Beijing based architect Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago floating Cinema set up shop in a spectacular setting in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. It was hard to stay focused on the white screen for the first edition of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Film Festival in 2012. It was curated by no other then Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton.Never did a movie have to work harder to retain viewer interest. Scheeren’s next public space cinema moves to dry land for the Sharjah Biennale on March 13, while the Archipelago Cinema will be floating again soon in a location that’s yet to be confirmed — we’re guessing another paradise with guaranteed calm seas and hopen it will be sooner then later.
Archipelago Floating Cinema is a collaboration between Studio Ole Scheeren and the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation, founded by Nat Sarasas, Chomwan Weeraworawit and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It is the first project of Studio Ole Scheeren since he established his architecture practice, Buro Ole Scheeren, in Beijing and Hong Kong in 2010. With Archipelago Cinema, Ole Scheeren further explores his continued interest in non-architectural projects and interventions, and in creating alternative scenarios and realities by combining an ability to comprehend diverse yet specific contexts with the power of imagination and fantasy. Previous projects by Ole Scheeren which transcend the boundaries of architectural production include, among others, the Marfa Drive-In (a drive-in cinema in the desert of Texas), and the exhibition Cities on the Move, which Ole Scheeren co-curated and scenographed in Bangkok in 1999.