| Venezia Biennale Six-fold Screen
Kaishi as Mirage City (1994-) is the construction of an artificial
island in the midst of the south china sea off Macao. The original
conceptualization began at the request of the government of Zhuhai
city, the municipality with which Macao will merge in 1999.
The island is located at the crossroads of east/west and past/future,
where the flow of "qi" springs up through the dragon vein
originating in the sacred mountain. It looks like a mirage floating
on the sea, something like what Sir Thomas More described in his book,
The community structure of Kaishi transgresses conventional political,
economical and social institutions and supports the fundamental shift
in lifestyle habits that will be necessitated by the introduction
of many kinds of alternative technologies - from new construction
methods to energy efficient power sources, transportation systems
and the rapidly changing communication media.
Kaishi is a model of the new world which has been emerging ever since
the disappearance of the three conceptual bases for modernity: the
frontier - which it was possible to believe in only when one's territory
was infinitely expandable; the boundary - which existed when multiple
nation-states guarded their own domains in tension with others; and
the vanishing point - which stabilized the origin of the gaze of modern
A central organization of the political communities of Asia may come
together sooner or later, just as the European nations have formed
a union. Kaishi, as mirage city, will make an ideal center for these
activities in sharp contrast to the modern convention that the main
requisite for power is to rule the surface of the land.
Business facilities equipped with a new information network will be
created. The information highway and satellites which are now transforming
all the institutions of our social activities decompose the elements
of our daily world into bits and reconstruct them into digital informatics.
Six-fold Screen #1