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Model for ‘Aditnalta: The Island Dispersed Across the Internet’, Mond Qu, 2013.

Date of creation: 


Extent and basic medium: 

1 model

Name of creator(s): 

Mond Qu

Administrative / contextual / biographical history: 

Part of a large scale model constructed by Mond Qu for his AA Fifth Year Project 2012-2013, ‘Aditnalta – An Island Dispersed Across the Internet’. The project investigates the changes in landscape that mining rare minerals creates and the resulting urban conditions. It understands the need for technology, and specifically better and faster technology as being the driving force behind our ecological consumption. The context is a fictional island imagined off the coast of Mexico. Through model making and CGI, the identity of the island is fabricated online and through relying on the already present disconnection we have from this process, the project constructs narratives that attempt to reveal the reality of electronics production. The fiction was so successful that it was accepted onto Google Earth and Wikipedia as real entries. Mond undertook this project whilst a student under AA Diploma Unit 6, under the tutors Liam Young and Kate Davies. He was awarded an AA Diploma Honours.

Provenance / archival ownership history: 

Retained by Mond Qu until November 2013.

Immediate source of acquisition: 

Donated by Mond Qu to the AA Archives, November 2013.

Conditions governing access: 


Conditions governing reproduction: 

Copyright AA Archives.

Materials, physical characteristics and technical requirements:

Model is of mixed media, comprising spray painted card, foam board, wood, wire and LED components. 

Finding aids available: 

AA Archives catalogue –

Bibliographic note: 

AA Projects Review, Architectural Association Publications, 2013, pp 126-131.

Exhibition / display history: 

Exhibited at AA Projects Review, 34-36 Bedford Square, London, 2012-13.

Subjects (Getty Art & Arch Thesaurus): 

Mining centers (inhabited places); fiction; models (representations); narrative (artistic device); internet; information technology; identity