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Rgb led display, chinese papercut (jian zhi) on plexiglas, paper collage, corian & teak frame
Dimensions: 102.0cm(H) x 102.0cm(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.
The vanishing point describes an optical phenomenon in a picture where two parallel lines converge and vanish into one single line. In German, this use of perspective is called “Fluchtpunkt“, which literally translates to “escape point”. And indeed, Renaissance painters, like Masaccio and Dürer introduced this way of seeing to depict urban and interior sites more realistically as Florence and Nurnberg were growing and seen more by people as destinations to escape to. But that’s not the only way one can get lost in art. Another artistic phenomenon called immersion describes the loss of conscious connection with reality while engaging with the medium. In ancient times, the frescos of the Villa of Mysteries in Pompei were the first artistic immersions. Nowadays, the 360° VR-glasses serve as an immersive gaming experience, in which one can jump into a digital world to get away from reality. This offers a chance to blur the border between running away and arriving, real and fake, analogue and digital, letting them converge into only one point. And when we get there, we will find ourselves in a world with an infinite number of vanishing points where escape won’t be necessary.
DATE: Made in island6, 2018
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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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