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RGB LED display, acrylic paint on plexiglass, teak wood frame
Dimensions: 46.5cm (H) x 66.5cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 18.3" (H) x 26.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
It’s hard to believe the 60s are in their 60s. Remember the 1964 Rolling Stones classic, Time is on My Side? Well, I’ve got news for you, it isn’t and never was.
Physicist Carlo Rovelli’s theory that time is an illusion may well be valid but its continuous momentum waits for no one and never stops, which also makes it very real in contrast. Just like the words of a song have illustrated the never-ending passing seconds of our lives, in Ancient China water clocks were used. The oldest written dates back to the 6th Century BC. But that’s all history now.
Today in Shanghai, we’re ruled by traffic light countdowns and food order deliveries. Nothing can come quick enough and when it does it’s gone in a flash. Everyone’s so busy with somewhere to be and something to do. But what if we took a moment to drown out the crowd and appreciate the now? You know, took time into our own hands rather than being governed by the clock’s. Try to get those precious seconds, hours and minutes back on our side, just like Jagger. How many drips have fallen since you’ve been reading these words? Is the vase half full or half empty? I’m guessing your answer’s full, as you’re still here making the most of these moments. I hope you enjoyed it, as the real world knows sooner or later you’ll come running back.
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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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