Issue 10 Property Spring 2003
Land Acquisition 1: Luna County, New Mexico
Jeffrey Kastner and Sina Najafi
There is an old Chinese story that says each person is connected by an invisible thread to the one other person in the world who is right for them, the person with whom they will eventually fall in love. In this tale, fate has already ordained the union of the pair; the couple need only find the thread to discover their predestined connection. For the Property issue, Cabinet decided to trace the sympathetic threads not between two individuals but between several disparate pieces of land: a half-acre parcel of desert scrubland in Luna County, New Mexico; 13 unusably small and bizarrely shaped lots in the New York City borough of Queens, originally purchased by the artist Gordon Matta-Clark for his 1973 work Reality Properties: Fake Estates; and 3.125 selims (2000 acres) of land in Eastern Amazonis Planitia on the planet Mars.
Given the vastness of this land, which we have named Cabinetlandia, we have divided it into sections intended for very different uses. Readerlandia consists of 6700 identical plots of land each exactly the size of Cabinet magazine, which serendipitously turned out to be the smallest size that most people can stand on. By returning the contract on page 87 to us with a payment of one penny, you can license one of these 6700 parcels of land until 31 December 2099. When we receive your completed contract, we will assign you a specific plot that you will control and may use as you see fit. With your long-term control of a portion of our shared planet comes great responsibility. We encourage readers to meditate on this responsibility before sending in their contract and penny. If you fail in this most fundamental of relationships, the Land will reach up to you, no matter where you are, and exact its revenge. OK? OK. Editorlandia, Nepotismia, Internlandia, and Funderlandia, as you might have guessed, all consist of parcels of land reserved for the various people who in some way contribute to the production of this magazine. That we have rewarded ourselves, our friends and our benefactors with real estate in the Great American West is, of course, a testimony to the corruption of this publication. Finally, Artistlandia, which is reserved for artist projects that we will be commissioning. These projects may be real or speculative, small-scale or intergalactic, intended for an audience of one or to be seen by drivers on Highway 10, which runs alongside our "ranchette." Sometime during this year, we will be organizing a group trip to the New Mexico site. All reader-licensees will be notified of the dates and are welcome to join us.
Click here to see an aerial view of Cabinetlandia
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Jeffrey Kastner is a Brooklyn-based writer and senior editor of Cabinet.
Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet.
Cabinet is a non-profit organization supported by the Lambent Foundation, the Orphiflamme Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Katchadourian Family Foundation, and many generous individuals. All our events are free, the entire content of our many sold-out issues are on our site for free, and we offer our magazine and books at prices that are considerably below cost. Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible donation by visiting here.
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