by Spinoza's Garden, this Embassy represents the development of
academic thought and its relation to the present conditions of Contemporary
Art. That is to say the division of the disciplines and the consequent
functional isolation of the "Fine Arts" within society.
This rendition of the Embassy alludes to the ancient Greek gardens
of Academius, where the great philosophers gathered. From this garden
derived the words Academy and Academic. Also from these origins,
the words diploma and diplomat. Envoys with credentials sent to
other worlds representing someone other than themselves. Today in
a university Campus, a diploma is bestowed to those who complete
their studies, thereby attaining a new Identity. Rendered from a
three dimensional computer generated model, this Embassy exists
only in its virtual form. The model includes a ceremonial gallery,
three pivoting gateways separated from the gallery by a wall of
stacked protocol books, and a field of growing posts in a grid pattern.
At one end of the garden is an embassy compound with the protocol
production apparatus and other common elements of the embassies
such as the breathing machine, the undulating protocol conveyor,
the man power platform and the ladders. Above the gallery are the
banner frames, where flags and banners announce a stance.
Without A Country (Garden Variety)