Rirkrit Tiravanija first served Thai food to visitors at the opening of his solo exhibition at the Paula Allen Gallery in New York in 1990. This was an exploration of the ways in which objects and spaces gain meaning in social situations. His ‘lunch box’ works disrupt the usual art viewing experience by introducing the smells and noises of cooking, eating and talking. During the course of the ’21st Century’ exhibition, a Thai lunch will periodically be served to Gallery visitors. During a research visit to Australia in September 2010, Tiravanija spoke with Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art about his practice and contribution to the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition.