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Rgb led display, acrylic painting 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.
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The best is like water. The goodness of water consists in its being beneficial to the ten thousand things, and in that it, when there is contention, takes the place that the mass of people detest – Dao De Jing chapter 8 (tr. Hans-Georg Moeller).
Nothing gets the juices flowing like a good competition. The will to win, to be better than those who came before pushes some of us to the edge—sometimes quite literally. Tightrope walking is not often thought of as competitive, but its history is steeped in the unforgiving glow of one-upmanship. In the mid-19th century, the Great Blondin was the first to walk a rope over Niagara Falls, during which crossing he stopped, sat on the rope, and drank a beer (maybe to take the edge off?). Chinese tightrope walker Adili Wuxor spent 60 days living in a rope-cabin 60 meters above the earth atop the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Bejing— where he racked up a total of 198 hours in a single walk. His juices were certainly flowing. Are yours? Don’t answer that! Because it’s not just tightropes that have this effect. The call to greatness eats us all—from chefs to construction workers, Swiss billionaires to homeless New Yorkers. There’s a balance.
Unique Edition | Shanghai | 2020
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, Indonesian Merbau wood frame
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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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