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Tft display, ccd camera, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 46.2cm (H) x 65.2cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 18.2" (H) x 25.7" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Somewhere not far from this place is a person wearing their pajamas on the streets of Shanghai. After all, showing off your cool cotton night threads is a thing around here and locals love rocking their matching PJs in public. Take this guy ,for instance; he doesn’t care that you’re watching him behind his back. In fact, he probably loves you looking on as he rolls around Bansongyuan residential district. Get a load of that lovely check pattern while he walks down the road inviting on attention. Maybe Serbian artist Marina Abramović’s HEAVEN gala for The Art of Elysium would be a dream to him considering the Costume National PJs guests get to wear. Pinstripes, plaid and polka dots are also common sights as people make statements in their Chinese slumber suits. Locals see fresh-looking nightwear as a status symbol and it’s been much more than just a city-wide craze over the years. Suzhou is another place where pajamas are regularly spotted and in Jinan, the act of exposing your stomach, known as the ‘Beijing Bikini’, isn’t the only thing that’s frowned upon by officials. But cool cottons and silky sleepwear look stylish, don’t they? Pajamas were once considered as a luxurious Western apparel to rich Shanghainese people. When they first started being imported in the 20th century, they were so expensive that only a few families could afford them. Photographer Justin Guariglia documented many cases in his book Planet Shanghai in 2008. It makes for a great bedside read if you get the chance.
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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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