FIELD EXPERIMENTS (VIC)
Field Experiments is a transnational design company that explores traditional crafts by engaging in collaborative making with local craftspeople in diverse regions around the world. In 2013, founding members Benjamin Harrison Bryant (New York City, United States), Paul Marcus Fuog (Melbourne, Australia) and Karim Charlebois-Zariffa (Montreal, Canada) set up a studio in Lohtunduh, a farming community situated on the outskirts of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. They conducted daily design experiments in masonry, woodcarving, weaving, painting, kite making and batik in partnership with the local Balinese craftspeople.
The inaugural project resulted in a collection of more than 100 conceptual objects that challenge the traditional notion of the souvenir. Field Experiments considers the souvenir with new optimism and possibility. By working directly with the local craft communities, and by creating a collection of objects informed by observation of daily Balinese life, the project explores how objects can be deeply infused with a culture and their people.