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Rgb led display, acrylic on plexiglass, Indonesian merbau wood frame
Dimensions: 120cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 47.2" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Legacies and chicken legs (鸡腿!) have more in common than you think. For starters, the juicier they are, the quicker they decay. This is because of a trend called regression toward the mean, or the averaging out of traits over generations. It’s why Einstein’s children weren’t, well, Einstein, and why Hitler’s secret kids weren’t evil assholes. Regression toward the mean. You might even say it happens to institutions and empires. Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty ruled for 61 years and left behind a relatively consolidated China firmly under Manchu rule: rebellions crushed, money in the bank, and plenty of potatoes and corn in the pantry. And when he was gone, he was gone. Chinese Fenghuang might look like the Western Phoenix, but their mythologies are very different. There is no rebirth in fire for the Fenghuang. They are Gods, partners to dragons, who are harbingers of peace and harmony. And the legacy of a mythology is like the idea of a chicken leg: it’s the refined, perfected reflection of the thing. What’s better than the essence of a chicken leg, the re-remembered smell of juicy, roasted meat?
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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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