Between the Nothing

A gap in the urban fabric of Dongshi
A gap in the urban fabric of Dongshi, Taichung.

There are elements of the urban landscapes of Taiwan that are roughly analogous to living organisms. Individual buildings can be thought of as cells in a reinforced concrete matrix, linked to neighboring buildings by steel rods but otherwise pursuing independent fates. These cells are somewhat like the zooids of colonial jellyfish, physiologically integrated into the superorganism of the surrounding city.

This particular photograph captures an empty cell in the urban matrix of Dongshi, a small township in Taichung 台中. It echoes this similar shot from Pǔlǐ 埔里 that I posted last year. The title is an allusion to a line from Altered States that came to mind while composing this piece:

…then you will propel into the void. You will see a spot. The spot will become a crack. This is the crack between the nothing and out of this nothing will come your unborn soul.

Here it almost appears as if a building is dreaming itself into being.