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No-time Land (2016)

Scroll of Chinese Calligraphy

80 ✕ 175 cm

The Customs of No-time Land

The No-time Land or the Li’s Kingdom, is named by the name of her king. Her name is Lili who loved by her people. We travelled there by passing through mountains and oceans, drought and storms. With fortune, we met the people there in that island when we were dying. They are wonderful people living in such a perfect landscape with all the sunshine. We have not seen a world like that before. People there mostly spend their time on farm. It is a little town that you could walk from Eastle to Westle or Northey to Southey by 800,000 steps and walk around the town in around 40 days. What surprised us the most is, they use no clock and no measure of time, so there is no hour, time, month and year. Given that, we were not sure how long we have stayed there and just made a way of return when we all felt we want to. We went there accidentally in a team of 10 and all home finally. The whole team were happy to cry when we arrive homeland after encountering some deadly storms and exceptional looking foreigners. When having gathering with families and friends, we realised that the trip to the No-time Land took us 20 years. Although all of us were not able to locate the place on map, we would like to record our experience here as a prove of its true existence. 

 Trade  Without time, appointment is difficult and buy-sell is limited. There is a market once a day when the sun up high. That means the market would close when sunset and no market whenever there is no sun like rainy day.   Product  Products are diverse. For example, all containers are handmade and unique. It also applies for the greens, every farmer grow their own taste of vegetable and fruit even with the same seeds.  Punishment  Whoever committed to crime would be judged by all the people in the island before jailed in an independent cube. The more serious the crime, the smaller the cube. We saw small cubes that offenders need to keep bending the knees. Some cubes locate on the top of the peak and almost hot to dead. All offenders would be in that jail cube forever and were seems much more painful than death. With that severe penalty, all resident are self-disciplined. 

Trade

Without time, appointment is difficult and buy-sell is limited. There is a market once a day when the sun up high. That means the market would close when sunset and no market whenever there is no sun like rainy day. 

Product

Products are diverse. For example, all containers are handmade and unique. It also applies for the greens, every farmer grow their own taste of vegetable and fruit even with the same seeds.

Punishment

Whoever committed to crime would be judged by all the people in the island before jailed in an independent cube. The more serious the crime, the smaller the cube. We saw small cubes that offenders need to keep bending the knees. Some cubes locate on the top of the peak and almost hot to dead. All offenders would be in that jail cube forever and were seems much more painful than death. With that severe penalty, all resident are self-disciplined. 

 Education  They grouped to learn regardless how old are the student as there is nothing called age there. The classes start in the morning when the birds sing and dismiss when the sun is at its highest. The class emphasis your individual speed of learning and student could promote to upper level whenever they passed the test. Child with high education level is not rare. They are required to learn about time measurement even they live without that. No-time is more like a belief. In the elementary level, they are granted the freedom to choose their way of living. They either stay in no-time land if they do believe living without the clock is good, or they could learn to make their own boat to leave the island. Nevertheless, people tend to stay.  Archive  All books there marked no time. Books and newsletters are shelved in certain order and it is the first level of crime if destructing the book sequence. We heard that there was a offender of that and was died after a while of jail. Each family have a god blessing the archive are kept orderly. That god would never worship with fire due to a fear that the archive would be burnt. 

Education

They grouped to learn regardless how old are the student as there is nothing called age there. The classes start in the morning when the birds sing and dismiss when the sun is at its highest. The class emphasis your individual speed of learning and student could promote to upper level whenever they passed the test. Child with high education level is not rare. They are required to learn about time measurement even they live without that. No-time is more like a belief. In the elementary level, they are granted the freedom to choose their way of living. They either stay in no-time land if they do believe living without the clock is good, or they could learn to make their own boat to leave the island. Nevertheless, people tend to stay.

Archive

All books there marked no time. Books and newsletters are shelved in certain order and it is the first level of crime if destructing the book sequence. We heard that there was a offender of that and was died after a while of jail. Each family have a god blessing the archive are kept orderly. That god would never worship with fire due to a fear that the archive would be burnt.