Once a sound is made through vibration, it turns into a wish…
If one indulges himself in this project (The Age of Empire) long enough, he will find the problems that have arisen from it. Later I realised, all these problems might have been brought about by the shockwaves generated from its name within a specific period of time. Once a sound is made through vibration, it turns into a wish, a wish that will lead you to the result carried by the sound. The game series Age of Empires has declined and been replaced by something new on the Internet, maybe they are more fun. I think this place should also have a new name, about which I have been thinking for a long time. One day, I discovered a hollowed garden called Liao Garden at the very core of The Age of Empire, which was an essential part of something that I wanted to build. If you link up the nuclei of the entire The Age of Empire, it will reveal its meaning of “being finished, done” [a possible meaning of the Chinese character Liao], so I substituted the name of The Age of Empire with Liao Garden.
From that hollowed space, I began to understand what do magnetic fields mean to humans, since everyone would react the same way there. I discovered the relationship between land and people in that place; looking upward, we will become aware of the relationship between the universe and men. For us, the first thing to do is to uncover the relationship between men and land. How can we fuse ourselves with the power of the land and let it resonate with us? You would feel comfortable after sitting there for a while, slowly detecting the same frequency of the bodily resonance with the land. Therefore, on that piece of land, I use my body to feel, I often crouch at the same place for a long time, sometimes even for days. In this continuous experimentation, there came a sudden enlightenment that the land possesses its own acupuncture points which are hidden in the energy core of the land, corresponding to our bodies.
If the acupuncture points correspond to the acupuncture points of the human body, then there will be a resonance of the same frequency. If we find the correspondence between men and land, then it’s a simple version of the universe. There’s nothing in the universe but a frequency or a vibration. It’s a version where symbols don’t exist and everything is returned to energy, a formless power devoid of tangible phenomenons. I guess this is something more fundamental that the Liao Garden set out to capture.
Meanwhile, the “Liao” of Liao Garden also produces another meaning of “unfinishedness”. It is a long term project that might never be completed. It slowly emerges through a daily, naturally growing state, its construction is never calculated with time and doesn’t end if it doesn’t have to.
– Zheng Guogu, 2014