If the Indo-Pacific Region is to be defined by a series of both immaterial (capital) and material (resources) exchanges, the government responsible for oversight of this mega-region, will need to operate through a structure of multi-lateral agreements, negotiations, deals and exchanges. Rather than stand as an architectural icon, the Indo-Pacific Game occupies existing infrastructures that are perfectly suited to holding it. The government is thus dispersed through the region, occupying the original architectures of immaterial capital and power - the various stock exchanges located throughout the region.
The Indo-Pacific region expands from the east coast of Africa to the west coast of South America. It includes South-East Asia and the Gulf. In 2013, the Australian Defence White Paper, ‘Indo-Pacific Strategic Arc’, officially relocated Australia to the region. The Indo-Pacific region’s emergent geostrategic importance is rivalled only by the economic value of the maritime trade it hosts. Yet, beyond the Australian Defence White Paper and limited discussion in diplomatic circles in the 1960s, the ‘region’ is effectively virtual; no legal agreements, international institutions or national borders define its scope.
This studio set out with a plan to design it — a twofold task. The brief required both drawing the region, and designing the institution that represents, governs and/or defines this Indo Pacific region.