Ubiquitous Site, Nagi’s Ryoanji, Architectural Body

1994 Nagi town Okayama

To be prepared for events of one billion years from now, enter here.

– Arakawa + Madeline Gins


After experiencing the identity-confounding installation a world-renowned master of ki energy (Japanese for Qi) approached the director of the Nagi Museum: “Your museum’s tube room, to my amazement, has the highest concentration of ki energy in all Japan.”

Did this revelation elicit surprise? There was excitement about the news but we were not as surprised as you might think. After all, we had tactically posed that tube to give  imaging power a break from its usual routine. We had tried to construct a situation that would be far less of a drain on it than usual. A person surrounded by a group of readily salient specifics would not have to be continually imaging elements and features of her world from scratch. After learning of the ki master’s proclamation that it stands to reason that a person whose imaging power no longer needs to work incessantly will have greatly replenished her energy reserves. We do not know the basis of imaging power, nor do we know that of ki, but it likewise seems reasonable to us to consider the two to be one, tributaries of the same source.


Ubiquitous Site – Nagi’s Ryoanji – Architectural Body

Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, 1994

Program: Installation

Client: Nagi Museum of Modern Art (Nagi MOCA)

Size: 70′ (length) x 30′ (diameter)

Status: Completed