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Fabulous Vegas-cum-Pachinko Neon

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2020

RGB led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak wood frame

Unique Work

Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 40.2" (H) x 40.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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When a young Josh Baskin fed a coin into an usual antique arcade machine and made a wish to “be big”, he had no idea what was about to happen. Tom Hanks’ character in Big got everything he asked for thanks to Zoltar the fortune teller that day and the rest is history. That movie was made in 1988 and is just one example of a life-changing moment. Today, people all over the world experience those split seconds in their own ways. You could meet the man or woman of your dreams later this afternoon. Or have an important bit of news delivered tomorrow morning that you weren’t expecting. You could simply leave the house two minutes later one day and experience a whole different outcome than if you’d have left on time. It’s all a gamble. One big throw of the dice. While a pachinko game in Japan won’t change your life, they are certainly just as popular and attractive as the slot machines in Las Vegas or Macau. The mechanical devices are just as hypnotic as what the West would call a ‘fruit machine’ and offer as much escapism to the punter. They are also highly customizable allowing for owners and aficionados to express their creativity. The aim of the game is to capture as many balls as possible, which can then be exchanged for prizes so there’s no chance of getting rich from a pachinko. But don’t hate the player, hit the jackpot. You only get one life, it’s your chance to be big like Baskin. Let it all slot into place.

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Artist Profile

Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

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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