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Echigo-Tsumari Triennial

July 29 – September 17,  2018


A pavilion was designed and built as a temporary structure on the playground of Otajima village in the Echigo Tsumari region, Japan. It was a hybrid between a large programmed water sound instrument – a system of pipes, pumps, timers, nozzles and contraptions – and an intimate water park. It also featured a garden with raised vegetable beds – the biggest one containing the village’s ceremonial rice field. Otajima pavilion was a precisely calibrated system of relationships between locals, visitors, splashing water, water sounds, produce growth and architectural space.

Otajima pavilion was a part of ‘Futurity Island’ initiative, which started in 2017 in collaboration with Urbonas Studio as a research into new forms of sharing and producing knowledge, sensing and designing environment and mapping local material culture.

Tobias Putrih Studio & Workshop

Tobias Putrih, Aleš Korpič, Jure Mežek & STRID fabricators


We develop materially ephemeral settings and objects designed to engage utopian ideas in art, architecture and design by incorporating everyday materials and forms of play and participation. From make-shift modifications of public and semi-public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries—to constructing temporary environments and objects, works are products of precisely specified processes while also responding to their sites. Many of  spaces and objects are activated—meant to be moved and inhabited, privileging play and bodily engagement. Artworks become proposals, maquettes, or models—exploratory assertions of radical possibilities.


Tobias Putrih C.V.


  • Book published by JPR & Neuberger Museum (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Centre Pompidou (Amazon)
  • Catalog by MIT List Visual Arts Center (Listart)
  • Catalog by Galeria Civica (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Haus Konstruktiv)