Tft displays, ccd cameras, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 46.5cm (H) x 65.3cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 18.3" (H) x 25.7" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Technology has been creeping into art for as long as it has life. It was inevitable really; imagine there were no smartphones, apps or internet today. Bad signals all round! Korean contemporary artist Nam Jun Paik saw it coming by describing the future of telecommunications as the “electronic super highway” in 1974. Paik could be considered as one of the original TV bingers (his art often consisted of arrangements of televisions as props). He was ahead of his time and Netflix would be proud. But what about when technology hits a tipping point and turns its eyes on the beholder? A little bit of tech never hurt nobody, you might think. But people are getting more and more paranoid about the rise of the robots lately. Maybe the human eye is worse. Who knows? It’d be great to pit Ai Weiwei’s Video Surveillance Camera against the human eye behind the magnifying glass in Barbara Kruger’s Small World. The result might look like something from American multimedia artist Tony Oursler. But don’t worry yourself too much about technology. What Bruce Nauman’s Video Surveillance will tell you is that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
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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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