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2019

Rgb led display, sand & resin coating, 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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During the Second World War, the Enigma Machine created a possible 159 million million million code combinations each day. Every morning, the code was reset and new possibilities for secret communications would burst forth. What many forget is that of these vast possibilities, the Enigma code still ended in a singularity, in actionable consequences, in history. In other words, possibilities don’t stay possibilities forever. Eventually even the Hugh Hefners, Richard Bransons, and all the other bon viveurs who lap up possibilities become settled. The shifting nature of realities dictates that what was taboo yesterday is in fashion today; what was new 5 minutes ago is today a tired dog. The trick is to accept the target as moving, to live comfortably within whatever circumstances you find yourself. Some scholars of the Zhuangzi have identified this behavioral trend in Daoist texts, coining the term “genuine pretending” to describe it. Destruction and hollowing of the self allows for more adaptation to the present moment; in shifting times, what else can you ask for?

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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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