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Rgb led display, tft display, ccd camera, acrylic painting on plexiglass, indonesian merbau frame
Dimensions: 120cm(H) x 120cm(W) x 6.5cm(D) / 47.2"(H) x 47.2"(W) x 2.6"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Are we the possessions of our own possessions? Lacan, as a young man on that French coast, felt watched by an empty sardine can floating on the water and would have said yes. So too would have Sartre, over a cigarette and a coffee, staring into the eyes of babes. Are you owned? Maybe not. Are you watched? In more ways than one, dear friend. But it’s not bad! It’s not bad. It’s the watching that gives you to you, that feeds the fire of choice and personality. If we weren’t watched, how would we spend our time? If we didn’t have parents to please or mouths to feed, we wouldn’t spend it any way in particular. We’d float like Lacan’s sardine can or graze like Sartre’s cow. And then what? And then nothing. In a world without watching, this question would be powerless, expectations would be pure imagination, and shame would be as toothless as in the Old Story. But we live in this world, where we are the possessions of our own possessions, where our smartphones literally and philosophically gaze, asking us what we are really doing here. It’s best if you just smile and take the goddamn selfie.
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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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