SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Reconciling quantum mechanics
and general relativity, string theory is seen by the most sophisticated
physicists as an emerging theory of everything. Now the most advanced land
speculators are looking at the same mathematics -- and calculating the
greatest real estate opportunity since Columbus arrived in America.
While Columbus was a shrewd businessman, the latest terra incognita has
been discovered by a conceptual artist with considerably less financial
acumen. "I wasn't really looking to make money," confides Jonathon Keats,
whose previous art projects have included such commercially dubious
ventures as an attempt to genetically engineer God at UC Berkeley. "I've
always lived month to month, as a renter. I never considered owning land,
let alone becoming a developer, until I had a good close look at the nature
of spacetime earlier this year."
According to string theory, spacetime is more extensive than people
ordinarily experience. Beyond the customary three dimensions of space and
one dimension of time, there are six or seven additional dimensions,
accommodating the complex vibrations of miniscule strings. "The strings'
vibrations give rise to matter, but that's beside the point," says Mr.
Keats. "The important thing is that real estate in cities from San
Francisco to New York is selling at a premium, unaffordable to many, and
here are half a dozen or more extra dimensions of space, just going to
Mr. Keats, working in consultation with leading researchers including
Shaw Prize-winning cosmologist Saul Perlmutter, realized that rights to
develop in these extra dimensions could be bought very inexpensively. "The
legal framework was already in place," he says. "People like Donald Trump
buy and sell air rights over city buildings all the time. If the third
dimension is negotiable, the higher dimensions must be as well."
Accordingly, the artist/developer bought extra-dimensional rights to his
first property, a flat in San Francisco's exclusive North Beach district,
on August 19th. While the lower-dimensional space is valued at
approximately $1,027,000, Mr. Keats purchased rights to the extra
dimensions, with a legally-binding contract, for a mere $5.00. He has since
bought higher-dimensional rights to five other properties in San Francisco
and Marin County for between $1.80 and $15.00.
"Nobody really wanted the rights," Mr. Keats recalls, "and I guess that
I can understand why." The extra dimensions, like the strings vibrating in
them, are very small, many orders of magnitude smaller than an atom.
"They're a bit inaccessible by conventional means, but they're everywhere,
so you could build in them quite expansively with fine enough plaster or
maybe bricks." Mr. Keats admits that such materials are currently beyond
the reach even of the latest nanotechnology, but he isn't worried.
"Actually, the way to look at the real estate in these extra dimensions is
as vacation properties."
To make up for the inconveniences associated with the scale of the
higher dimensions, Mr. Keats proposes that there are more of them than
there are lower dimensions. "You can really spread out," he says,
demonstrating the design potential with four-dimensional architecture that
he has drafted for these extra-dimensional spaces. Complete blueprints will
be on view at Modernism Gallery, where Mr. Keats will offer a portfolio of
properties, subdivided into uniform lots, beginning on Thursday, November
16th at 5:30 pm. What will happen after that, the artist won't predict.
"This is a highly speculative market," he says. "But somebody had to put
string theory into practice."
Jonathon Keats is a conceptual artist, novelist, and critic. For his
most recent project, at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, he
exhibited extraterrestrial abstract artwork. He has also attempted to
genetically engineer God in a petri dish, in collaboration with scientists
at the University of California, and petitioned Berkeley to pass a
fundamental law of logic -- A=A -- a work commissioned by the city's annual
Arts Festival. He has been awarded Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, and MacNamara
fellowships, and his projects have been documented by KQED-TV and the BBC
World Service, as well as periodicals ranging from The San Francisco
Chronicle to The Boston Globe to New Scientist. He is represented by
Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. For more information, please contact
Mr. Keats at firstname.lastname@example.org, or see
SOURCE Jonathon Keats