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Scribbles by island6 六岛 (Liu Dao)



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Rgb led display, sand & resin coating, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 103.0cm(H) x 103.0cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 40.6"(H) x 40.6"(W) x 2.2"(D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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I wonder if you remember learning how to write. Most of us were taught at a young age. I mean of course, it’s an indispensable form of communication and expression. Without it we would be totally screwed, let's be honest. I’m sure since the time you’ve learned it you’ve taken it for granted: the swirling mass of books and notes, love letters and advertisements that have peppered all your days. It’s easy to forget all that practice you had to do. All those rote strokes to turn a line into an idea. But who is deciding what each scribble, scratch and squiggle means? Well, that depends on where you go about your daily life. If it happens to be in the People’s Republic of China, you should know they have the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. You only need to know about two or three thousand characters to read a Chinese newspaper. The common Chinese person is said to, on average, know about 8,000 characters. The modern Chinese dictionary lists somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000. However, there are over 50,000 characters that exist. This begs the question: what of all those unused characters? Perhaps they’ve simply outlasted their practical use and are condemned to a quiet destiny of forgotten meanings. Ungraciously back to being just a little scribble.

DATE: Made in island6, 2015-2019


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Artist Profile

Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

Lives and Works: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Phuket

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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