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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak 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.
The butterfly paradox is the idea that many of us are flawed in our desire to have the freedom and the beauty of the butterfly but are unwilling to be the caterpillar. It takes almost a full month for the small egg to complete metamorphosis and turn into the alluring butterfly. Some psychologists say that it takes 21 days to make a habit, and 90 days to make it a permanent lifestyle change. Philosopher Chuang Tzu once dreamt he was a butterfly, it was so incredibly vivid he felt the wind underneath his wings and he truly believed he had changed, but upon waking up realized it wasn’t true. If only it were that easy, but it’s a lot more than wishful thinking. Although Descartes would argue that if dreams feel real, who’s to say they’re not? While he is dreaming, he does not know it is a dream, so therefore let’s throw in another coin and keep on dreaming for one more spin cycle.
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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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