“Kubla Khan” is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which was written in 1797.
According to Coleridge’s preface to Kubla Khan, the poem was composed one night after he experienced an opium-influenced dream and having read a work describing the Tartar king Kublai Khan. Upon waking, he wrote down the poetry he had received in the dream until interruption caused him to forget the rest of the lines. Twenty years later, a 14th century persian work called “The Compendium of Histories” by Rashid Al-Din was published in english for the first time. One page described a palace built according to a dream of a Persian king.
In the 13th century a Persian Kaiser built a palace in accordance with a plan that had been transmitted to him in a dream whereas in the 18th century a poet who could not have possibly known anything about that prologue, dreams about the palace in the emergence of a poem .
Quoting a significant line from Coleridge’s poem, FORT’s work “KUBLAI’S PLAN” is presenting itself in two different locations and embodiments (near Galerie Janssen aswell as the U8 Station Heinrich-Heine Strasse, Berlin).
That sunny dome, those caves of ice