Information Is The Key to Global and Human Transformations



Lab Asia is a simulation of the laboratory of New Silk Roads, the studio of Kyong Park at University of California San Diego. However, it is not physical replica of his studio, instead a transporting of New Silk Roads laboratory to MUSAC, to suggest that it will remain as a nomadic practice. On "working tables' designed by the Peruvian architect Giacomo Castagnola, lay various materials—books, photo copies, reading materials, sketches, notes, maps and others—that were used during his expeditions and research. These materials are open to view and interpretations by visitors, in which they could also be involved in their own construction of New Silk Roads.

Located at different points, are five video works by Alexandra Lerman, who traveled together with Kyong Park through Central Asia, documenting his travels as well as his meeting with different experts at five cities in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Also located is a video interview of Kyong Park by Laura Henna, which was first presented at the U.S pavillion of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2008.

With these materials combined, Lab Asia suggest that New Silk Roads is a production of a process not a production of objects. When produced, the objects are only documentation of a particular moment or idea of this process. Furthermore, New Silk Roads as a project is a process to visualize something that does not exist yet. It is rather a process that attempts to incubate, or perhaps even to create, the idea or presence of New Silk Roads in the future. Therefore, it is an emergent structure that attempts to connect the existing, yet unintelligent, cells of New Silk Roads that hibernate beneath the surface of current structure of globalization. When connected—through various researches and visualizations of this project—the relations between these segregated and unconscious cells would develop, to bring forth a coherent, mature and high intelligent organism of New Silk Roads.