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"The Song of Zhou Xuan" (周璇之歌)

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2017

Rgb led display, acrylic painting, teak wood frame

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Dimensions: 66.5cm (H) x 47cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 26.2" (H) x 18.5" (W) x 2.2" (D)

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

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Imagine you go back in time and arrive on the Bund in Shanghai. It’s 1937, the golden era of jazz and cinema. Along with international capital, Western entertainment culture had just streamed into the city. Dancehalls, bars and night clubs had opened to entertain Western and Chinese elites. Buck Clayton had just arrived from the States with his trumpet and taught a whole generation of musicians how to swing. And the others learned how to dance to it. You walk into a nightclub and hear something peculiar. An extremely high-pitched voice sings what they call jazz, but it sounds like Chinese folk music to you. You are mesmerized by the voice and ask what she is singing about. “Shanghai nights, love, rainbows…” she’d say. You want to talk to her, but she leaves the stage and disappears. You try to wait for her at the entrance, but it’s three in the morning. You don’t speak Chinese anyway. You leave and wander around in the city looking for her. Days go by like this. And you finally see her. It’s her face on the billboard of the Grand Theater. And you know you fell in love.

Unique Edition, Shanghai 2017
RGB LED display, acrylic painting, teak wood frame
47(W)×66.5(H)×5.5(D) cm // 9.6 kg

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Artist Profile

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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