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Rgb led display, chinese papercut (jian zhi 剪紙), tft display, media player, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 102.0cm(H) x 102.0cm(W) x 6.0cm(D) / 40.2"(H) x 40.2"(W) x 2.4"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
By the 1960's, China had become a nation in uniform. Men had already been wearing the Zhongshan Suit 中山装 for years and it was later altered for women by removing the breast pockets. Colorful clothing like the qipao 旗袍 and cheongsam 长裙 were abandoned for clothing that favored functionality. This look is most visibly embodied in the “Iron Girls,” the hard-working and muscular women in workers' communes, that came to prevalence in the 60's and 70's. From 1966-1977 the cadre outfit had essentially become high fashion after it was adopted by the Red Guard 红卫兵 and Educated Youth 知青 groups. The uniform went hand in hand with socialist idealism, representing both equality and anti-individualism. The legacy of this uniform can even be seen in modern china, as the clothing of preference for many people belonging to older generations.
Of course not every uniform only espouses ideological beliefs, some are quite utilitarian. Take the “turnout” gear for example. This uniform universally signifies that its wearer is a firefighter, which in many ways actually tells us about what kind of person is beneath the cloth. Whatever you choose to wear, keep in mind what this may say to the rest of the world.
DATE: Made in Island6, Shanghai 2017
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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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