27 August 2009, Beijing
MA Studio presents soon Asia Belongs to Us - a collaborative exhibition by Judas Arrieta and Riiko Sakkinen, featuring Cao Huan Yi as a special guest star.
Asia Belongs to Us explores Sinospehere, also known as the Chinese World or East Asian Cultural Sphere, and it's political, economic and cultural influence in the rest of the world. The economic supremacy of Sinospehere is inevitable but a more interesting question is that will it conquer the world also culturally? Does the economy alone provide enough substance for the domination?
In classical Chinese political thought, the Emperor of China, having received the mandate of heaven, would nominally be the ruler of the entire world – Tianxia. Although in practice there would be areas of the known world which were not under the control of the Emperor, the political rulers of those areas derived their power from the Emperor. Is the culture – both high and low - one of these areas?