title: Korea: Unknown Pleasures
type: speculation
program: self-sustaining military training facility
size: 60 sq km

under construction

Deep within the Cornell University rare manuscripts collection exists a mysterious book of maps of North Korean origin. The book describes the landscape of North Korea, plate-by-plate and area-by-area. It notes topography, waterways, settlements, roads, religious structures, farm lands and the like. Also noted is the current Demilitarized Zone demarcation line, where relevant on appropriate maps. Plates 382 and 392 show the DMZ and also join at the 38th Parallel - the original and arbitrary line between North and South Korea at the start of the Korean War - to form a view of the surrounding region. When put together the would-be contiguous DMZ line shears at the 38th Parallel and creates an effective break in the DMZ - a no-man's land and every-man's land simultaneously; a black whole as well as a leaking point. This is the genesis of the project. Perhaps a common mistake from over-used offset printing machines; or perhaps the undiscovered opportunity-in-waiting.

 

 

 

 

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surface studies