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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 52.0cm(H) x 52.0cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 20.5"(H) x 20.5"(W) x 2.2"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Insomnia’s a bitch, isn’t it? When I was born, the doctors said that all I’d have to do to sleep for 100 years is poke my finger once. My parents were naturally scared. They removed every sharp object from our home, and never let me play outside. But I’ve had it. I’ve spent the last three days trying to prick it properly, and I have nothing to show for it except a sore finger and an increased distrust for medical staff. China had their own sleeping beauty, you know. Her name was Xin Zhui, or Lady Dai. Her tomb was discovered in the Mawangdui archaeological find of 1972 among some 3,000 valuable artifacts. But who cares about the stuff? The real treasure was Lady Dai herself, whose 2,200-year-old body was almost completely preserved. Her fingers were flawless; there wasn’t a pin-prick in sight. Yet there she was, still sleeping and still dreaming. She never got her prince, just her skull peeled expertly back so that curious doctors could see what was inside. All the textbooks say they liked what they found. I’m just happy that Lady Dai got some rest.
DATE: Made in island6, 2019 Shanghai
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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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