KASHIMI Nanako

                    YU Ya-Lan 

                    HSIEH Yi-Ju

2014.05.24 - 2014.06.28 

Reality is somewhere out there / Somewhere is there on string – Exhibition concept


The concept of the dual exhibition <Reality is somewhere out there> and <Somewhere is there on string> is inspired by theoretical physicist Juan Maldancena who proposed: ‘the universe is a hologram and everything you can see is a mere projection. The universe we believe we inhabit is a 3D projection of a 2D alternate universe.’ It is like the security chip on our credit card, there is a two-dimensional surface that contains all the information needed to describe a three-dimensional object. Therefore, the data containing a description of a volume of space (including you, me, this gallery and these artworks) could be hidden in a region of this flattened, ‘real’ version of the universe. Maldancena suggests that gravity in the universe comes from thin, vibrating stings. These stings are holograms of events, like our universe, that take place in a simpler, flatter cosmos, and the universe exists in nine dimensions of space and one of time.[1]


When comes to think about what we know about this universe and all the being within it are projections, and the reality of these existence is actually somewhere else, we seem enter an invented world all of a sudden. This world probably exists in an indefinite memory, where nothing is certain or actual, and our most wonderful imagination may happen. Yet by imagining the look of the other side, how can we be sure that this somewhere, which projects the illusion of our universe, is a genuine actuality but not another projection? The place that is so difficult to imagine is just like a string that can be seen as path by ants. For human, a string is one-dimension that requires practice and talent to walk on. However, for ants, a string is a two-dimensional surface that they can stroll on without any problem.


<Reality is somewhere out there> and <Somewhere is there on string> invites eight artists to present two exhibitions showing contrasting themes and features which intend to respond the above theory that discloses our understanding of this vague world.


For <Reality is somewhere out there>, Hisano Shino shows oval oil paintings depicting stories of transformed memories by time and experience; colourful paintings by Hsieh Yi-Ju create a bright and casual dreamland with imaginations; Kashimi Nanako uses a variety of fabrics to transfigure those not substantial yet actual existence into a set and objects; Yu Ya-Lan’s woodcut relief printings assemble the segments of her memories and create a inner scenery of one’s own.


[1] Referenced and excerpt from ‘Are we living in a HOLOGRAM? Physicists believe our universe could just be a projection of another cosmos’, published 12 December 2013, Mail Online,, on 16 May 2014.

Reality is Somewhere out there 

​Text/Ming-Jiun Tsai