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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak wood frame
Dimensions: 51cm (H) x 51cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 20.1" (H) x 20.1" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Schrödinger's cat was both alive and dead as long as nobody opened the box, and it was the very act of opening and looking inside said box that made the cat either dead or alive. Although a quantum physics question, its more philosophical counterpart raises similar queries. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? Is there correlation between existence and acknowledgement? Philosopher René Descartes summarizes the concept of being with three Latin words, “cogito ergo sum”, or most famously known as “I think therefore I am”. He deduced that the act of thinking about one’s existence was enough evidence to prove that you exist! Is your head spinning in circles yet? My point being, there are literally billions of people playing out stories in their own little box that you’ll never know about. Billions exist without you knowing, and although you do exist here reading these words, you also don’t exist to billions of people. You are both dead and alive at the same time, just like a curious cat in front of a moving image.
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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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