420 x 297mm
Published in 2010
A decade ago, in an anonymous city, a skyscraper marked for demolition suddenly vanished overnight. Someone said hands and legs had grown out of it, and it had simply taken off to explore the world. Drift City is a story about the city. The main character is an insignificant, soon-to-be-forgotten skyscraper. In fact, the skyscraper itself has forgotten when it was created and the faces of the people who once thronged its rooms and corridors. But somehow, in the fog of lost memory, there remains a vague sense of mission. Thus it drifts in space, between reality and utopia, endlessly searching for an ideal city. On this premise, visual artist Kacey Wong has been wearing his skyscraper suit and travelling the world for the past decade in an effort to explore the architectural monuments of our civilisation. The Drift City photo series and exhibition is the result – as is this fascinating accompanying book.
About the Artist:
Kacey Wong was born in Hong Kong in 1970. He studied architecture at Cornell University, received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Chelsea School of Art and Design, and his Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Wong has curated a series of local and international art exhibitions exploring issues of space and city, including Home (1999), Personal Skyscraper (2000), City Space (2001) and Drift City (2001, 2002). Among his own significant works are his mobile home tricycle project ‘Wandering Homes’, and a floating house entitled ‘Padding Home’, the latter becoming a favourite feature of the 2010 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture exhibition. Wong was also the winner of Best Artist Award in 2010, and the Rising Artist and Outstanding Arts Education Awards given by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2003. He is currently an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Environment and Interior Design Discipline.
About the Publisher:
Asia One is a fine art publishing house established in 2007. It is based in Hong Kong.
Book Materials and Specifications:
Softcover book, oversized (16.5″ x 11.75″) with thick cardboard pieces, one glued on to the front and one on the back of the soft cover. There are images printed directly onto both cardboard pieces. Plates are full bleed (16.5″ x 11.5″) for the most part, and there are also sketches as well as photographic plates. Perfect binding is used here.