Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 52.0cm(H) x 52.0cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 20.5"(H) x 20.5"(W) x 2.2"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Malcolm Gladwell says that to really master something, you should spend at least 10,000 hours on it. Michael Simmons says that to really master something, you should do at least 10,000 experiments within your craft. Master Confucius says: “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” What are we missing in this paradoxically epistemological and mechanical mindset? An air of exploration, that’s what! There’s nothing quite like the wind blowing through your hair as you drive down the highway with your windows down and your radio up. A thousand years ago, the closest thing you could get to that feeling was navigating by the stars while your shipmates sang shanties about women they’d never see again and wine they missed as much. Zheng He (1371-1435), an Admiral, diplomat, and court eunuch spread not only Chinese influence in his 7 treasure expeditions, but he spread the DNA, baby! (not his, obviously). His expeditions, during which he traded silk, ivory, gold, and Ming dynasty pottery throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East were of a massive scale, involving an estimated 28,000 sailors on over 150 ships, increasing the Chinese diaspora in quite imaginable ways and setting a precedent of colonization that lasted until the 19th century.
DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2019
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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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