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2019

Rgb led display, acrylic painting on relief plexiglass cutout, teakwood frame

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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.

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If you are watching television and the signal cuts out to static, turn it off immediately. If you watch this static long enough, it will suddenly pause. All sound in the room will drown out; even the white noise will disappear. If this happens you must not look away from the screen. You will probably not have noticed at the time, but before you lose your gaze on the TV, your body will have frozen. The time around you has paused completely. Specks of the black and white dots slowly come back to life, creeping in random directions, organizing themselves into a moving picture in front of you. As the static returns to normal and the white noise arrives again, only then will you regain control of your body.
It is rumored that if one continues to watch the static again, or during their prior experience, looks away, the white and black specks will slowly start to move again, but you, however, will not. Your eyes will then be permanently fixated on the screen as you watch what appears to be the return of the signal. You will soon learn that this is not the case, as all sounds are still absent and the picture on the TV shows a familiar surrounding: the room in which you sit.

EDITION: Unique
DATE: Made in island6, 2019 Shanghai

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Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

Lives and Works: 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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