Desert Islands, 2009, 2016
Engraved mirrors, cardboard, aquarium and media player with sound
Collection of the Artists
Reflected from the surfaces of 100 engraved mirrors, each bearing an island and its coordinates, a familiar topographical seascape is fractured. The 100 mirrored islands – carefully selected following research conducted by the artist duo MAP Office since 2008 – presents a collection of islands that, despite their overlooked status, have played significant roles in shaping the global consciousness, and have become a point of reference for global desires, as well as fears and secrets today. Complementing this atlas, Domesticated Island stands as the 101st island in the work. A topographical approximation of Singapore’s geography, it provides seating under the shade of a fake palm tree, where audiences can listen to audio recordings or peruse reference materials. Domesticated Island is also a vantage point from which to view the 100 islands.