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Room 209-211-212

Clues of Care

by Cloud-floor



        Clues of Care is a collaboration project between Ari-Pradipat’s designers and hotel housekeepers.  We intend to share the hotel maid’s experience and story in everyday life within the local context. The exhibition displays the details of the maid’s professional skills whose seemingly mundane task must be completed within the limited time of the hotel room cycle.


        However, if we pay close attention, small clues of care are clearly visible in the marks and traces over the objects that are properly prepared to the hotel’s highest standards. All of these achievements and attention came from ages of experience and personal techniques, embodied in various mediums. Their work routines continue, with care, during the time when the current hotel industry’s dire situation leads us to the crucial question: “How will their jobs change in the post Covid world and when will we return to normalcy, if ever?"


        Clues of Care เป็นการทํางานร่วมกันของนักออกแบบและกลุ่มแม่บ้านโรงแรม ภายในอารีย์-ประดิพัทธ์ ถอดประสบการณ์และเรื่องเล่าต่อย่านที่เกิดขึ้นพร้อมกับชีวิตประจําวันของอาชีพแม่บ้าน รายละเอียดของอาชีพในเชิงปฏิบัติ แม้เวลาการปฏิบัติงานที่มีเวลาจำกัด นอกเหนือจากความสะอาดแล้ว สิ่งที่เพิ่มเติมคือความปราณีตและความใส่ใจ ที่ถูกสื่อสารผ่านร่องรอยผลงานในวัตถุต่างๆ จัดแสดงไว้ให้ให้กับแขกผู้เข้าพักในแบบฉบับมาตรฐานของโรงแรม ทั้งหมดนี้คือการสั่งสมประสบการณ์และเทคนิคเฉพาะตัวส่วนบุคคล และในสถานการณ์ปัจจุบันของอุตสาหกรรมโรงแรมจะนำไปสู่การตั้งคำถามสำคัญว่า หน้าตาของก้าวต่อไปในงานอาชีพบริการจะเป็นอย่างไร?



Diary of Everyday Peculiarities

(room no. 211)





    Hotel housekeeping goes through a set of standard procedures to ensure the room is left in a spotless manner for a new guest. Each hotel service has its own standard procedures to restore hygiene within a maximum of 30 minutes per room. Behind these seemingly flowing domestic rituals are carefully choreographed body maneuvers for the efficiency of room turn-arounds and quality control.

        The room is meant to be left without any trace or hints of past inhabitation, a work against the natural entropy of humans. Little do we know that this impeccable housekeeping, derived from a discipline of deep observation and powered through the act of ‘Care’.

        Cleanliness became a biological adaptation of sight to differentiate shades of the towel white-ness, the off-centred orientation of the photo frame, or the alignment of cups. These everyday clues turned into the art of care, a meditative practice in thinking about others.



“ The act of cleaning is a practice of caring, through spotting the little extraordinaires of life.”






Unfolding the Language of Objects

(room no. 209)


 
     

  Hotel maids are as if spirits of a place, never seen yet we could feel their presence through the symbolism of objects. Symbols of care could be found in the neatly made bed, folded corners of toilet paper or rolled towels. This is a practice performed by hotels worldwide as a way of assuring guests that the room has been cleaned.



        However, we often find objects maneuvered in specific gestures, according to  important events of each guest’s lives. It became a communication tool in evoking distinct and personalised emotion, from feeling welcomed, relaxed, valued or even romantic. A towel is no longer utilized only for hygiene purposes, a simple extra fold transcends its functionality.



        These expressive labour became a language to express care without being physically present, using personal creativity to instill an emotion within an object. Within the syntax of hotel hospitality, more unexpressed emotions can be voiced out through the simple act of folding, leaving the poets to an endless possibility of words.



“Folding became a language to express care without being physically present”





Cross Pollination

(room no. 212)



 
   

    This is a story of a hotel maid called Auntie ‘Noi’, who has more than 10 years of experience in cooking and cleaning for a noble’s home. Through intermixing her past experiences with her current job, she has turned her personal skills into a unique specialty.

        Her career started when she was 16. Auntie Noi travelled to Bangkok in search of a job and has been referred by her cousin to work at a noble’s home located in Pradipat Street. She had learnt everything on the job, from cleaning with a large pressure steamer to flower arranging. Until one day she has had the opportunity to work in the kitchen. Though at first, washing and chopping vegetables was her beginning tasks, she slowly takes up bigger tasks, such as making curries and sophisticated royal-cuisine food. These recipes are heritage recipes that were passed on through generations, knowing the value of her experience, she noted down all the recipes and practiced time after time to reach perfection.

            In this work, we experimented with Auntie Noi’s cooking skill,  bringing forth new possibilities to co-create a spin-off hotel service. Her signature dish, Steamed Fish Curry, is added to the hotel’s snack menu, show-casing her talent in cooking as an extra hospitality from the hotel. In celebration of the unique individuality and creativity that each member of the hotel has, we question whether individual passion can become future occupations?

The possibilities are boundless.


“ Can individual passion become future occupations?”