Tft display, acrylic on plexiglass, media player, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 51cm (H) x 51cm (W) / 20.1" (H) x 20.1" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
What’s it like living in a box? Depends on who you ask. “Schrödinger's cat” is a thought experiment in which a hypothetical cat placed inside a sealed box with poison is simultaneously both alive and dead. It isn’t until an observer opens said box that we get a definitive answer. This ability to be in multiple states at the same time is known as quantum superposition. And in a way aren’t we all a tad bit like the cat, wandering aimlessly in between states... happy, confused, bathing, cleaning, reading, living. The inhabitants of 223 Qiao Jia Lu occupy these boxes unaware of the world beyond. Who is watching them play through the windows? In a related thought experiment, physicist Eugene Wigner wanted to take things a step further. Known as “Wigner’s friend”, this experiment would show how the strange nature of the universe allows two participants to experience disparate, clashing realities. Let’s say Wigner’s friend is observing this box, opens it, and records his findings. Now imagine Wigner standing outside the room, peeking through a window, unaware of the results and unable to interact with the box. Without this information, the laws of quantum mechanics force Wigner to assume the cat is in superposition. These two observers are experiencing two realities from the same event. This experiment begs the question, is observation inherently flawed? Take a gander at the many stories taking place in 223 Qiao Jia Lu. What do you see?
Based in: Shanghai
island6 六岛 (Liu Dao) is a Shanghai-based collective of tech-geeks and creative talents whose driving force is collaboration. Since its inception in 2006, this dynamic international group has produced multimedia art that muses on the relationship between the delicate qualities of traditional art and the technical complexities of the contemporary. Artists from diverse disciplines converge to contemplate the past, present, and future of China through their humorous and innovative new media work. Their unique collaborative philosophy explores the cultural potential of the convergence of art, technology, and science in their quest to promote cross-cultural dialogue. Liu Dao's ever expanding repertoire includes works in diverse mediums such as LED art, video art, interactive art, neon, photography, painting, sculpture, and dynamic laser art, among others.
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