The Fifth Special Daytime Firework: Celebrating Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9

On Cailendar Day 47, the fifth special Daytime Firework was revealed to celebrate Cai’s explosion event: Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 9.

Your Daytime Fireworks: Daytime Firework reveal — Day 47 of Cailendar.

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On ‘Fetus Movement II’

In Cai’s cosmology, extraterrestrials still belong to the unseen world. He believes in their existence, because, he reasons, “humankind cannot possibly be the only survivor in the vast universe. For him, extraterrestrials are a source of inspiration, and he dialogues with them in infinite Time and Space. Hence, the series title Projects for Extraterrestrials.

Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials №9. Explosion event realized at the German Army’s water exercise area in Hann. Münden, Germany. Photo by Masanobu Moriyama.

Realized on June 27, 1992, the project for Extraterrestrials №9 marks an important early foray into explosion events for Cai. The artist presented his original idea for this explosion event in an eponymous 1991 gunpowder drawing, where he envisioned uniting the “fetus movement” or the primordial origins of the “earth and the human spirit…to feel the origin of the fetus movement of the universe itself, and all existence within it.”

It was realized at the Bundeswehr- Wasserübungsplatz military base, Hannover-Münden, commissioned by the Kassel International Art Exhibition.

The violent connotation of the site — a military base — prompted him to add the healing practice of feng shui, an element absent in the gunpowder drawing. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese tradition of geomancy that orchestrates unseen energy forces (qi) to create a harmonious environment. Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials №9 was the first time Cai used feng shui in his works.

At the site, gunpowder fuse was arranged on the ground in three concentric circles and eight transverse lines to resemble markings for latitude and longitude. To incorporate the feng shui principle “running water does not rot” — in an attempt to return the military base back to its natural balance — water was diverted from a nearby river into a canal composing the outermost circle.

Here’s a video of the explosion event: https://vimeo.com/42229948

Fetus Movement II: Project for Extraterrestrials №9. Explosion event realized at the German Army’s water exercise area in Hann. Münden, Germany. Photo by Masanobu Moriyama.

Cai positioned himself in the middle on a tiny circular island surrounded by a second canal of river water. He was connected to an electrocardiograph and an electroencephalograph to monitor his heart and brainwaves during the explosion. Nine sensors were buried around the outside perimeter of the outer circle, each at a depth of 50 centimeters and attached to a seismograph on the island to simultaneously chart the movement of the earth.

A composite print documents the results taken from each instrument, before, during, and after the explosion, quantifying the inextricable relationship between man, the earth, and the universe.

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