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"Sunny Day, Sudden Rain" (晴天, 骤雨)

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2020

Rgb led display, chinese papercut (jian zhi 剪紙) on plexiglass, paper collage, ir sensor, 8-bit microcontroller, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 65cm (H) x 46cm (W) x 6.5cm (D) / 25.6" (H) x 18.1" (W) x 2.6" (D)

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

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Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. - Hāfiz
How long must you stare at the heavens before you start asking why the sky is blue during the day but red at sunset? In fact, this is the most common scientific question asked by children, “Why is the sky blue?”. The curious Irishman John Tyndall, a physicist from the 19th century is known for decoding the enigma of the blue sky... well partly. You see in the 1860s Tyndall started experimenting with light by shining beams through various gases and liquids. He soon realized that the varying color of the sky was the result of sunlight scattering around particles in the atmosphere. However, in 1910 Einstein settled the case by looking into the scattering of light by individual molecules. As it turns out blue light is scattered more than red light. So, in the end it seems the answer is not as simple as we had hoped for but maybe we never really needed an answer to begin with. Next time you look out the window, regardless of rain or shine, keep in mind that’s probably not the whole story. In Shanghai it’s always wise to carry an umbrella anyways, don’t believe me? Why don’t you step forward and see for yourself?

Unique Edition, Shanghai 2020
RGB LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙) on Plexiglass, paper collage, IR sensor, 8-bit microcontroller, teakwood frame
46(W)×65(H)×6.5(D) cm // 11.75 kg

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Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

Based in: Shanghai

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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