"First, the description of the N-Machine; it was originally conceived by the scientist Bruce De Palma, to generate energy from nothing (the ultimate renewable energy source), which is in violation of the law of the conservation of energy. (Just as a side note, I assume N stands for any and all natural numbers.) Second, there is a phenomenon called annihilation in particle physics, where matter and antimatter collide and the entire mass is turned into pure energy. Then, I propose, by building the schematics in such a way that on one hand is a thing (homopolar Generator), and the other is an anti-thing (that has to exist and not exist at the same time), then when the two pieces collide they turn into energy (qi, chi, prana) rather than a thing = (my version of) the N-Machine. Hence, it has to be “one half” and the other half is missing from the show (or from this world for that matter) as it has to exist and not exist. It will make energy from nothing, however violent it might be. Third, in the town of the Arcachon in France, the penis of the statue of Hercules was repeatedly stolen, so that the municipality produced a detachable penis. The penis is a riddle, it has to exist, and yet cannot exist. A fiction must be enacted - the absence of penis gives rise to the virtual world. (I use the term virtual to mean not simply a technological sphere, but the world outside of statistical probability, a space of difference.) And I employ the or in order to suspend it between the two definitions. I’m also interested in pushing the form to the threshold of perception, inverting the speed of lightning, which is the cause of for the original object.
These inquiries have not arrived at computational finality (which isn’t likely to exist), but marks the beginning of my exploration into the world of absence." - Taro Masushio