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Island6

An Essay

For some, technology is a tool to help make life easier and automate daily functions. For others, it is a way to effortlessly and powerfully communicate with other people around the globe. Some users see technology for its entertainment purposes. For the artists of the art collective at Liu Dao, technology is all of these things and much more— it turns them into magicians. With their help, technology becomes organic, digital reality comes alive, where it begins to speak, dream, conspire, and seduce.
Each piece of work is a question mark
 

LED City is a perfect setup for Alfred Hitchcock's ‘Rear Window’ (1954) and Brian De Palma’s ‘Body Double’ (1984)— allowing a glimpse into ones’ lives through the exposed moments in the series of artworks. The artwork does not impose a particular mindset but it does want to make the viewer feel like a voyeur. In a context of PRC cities, even the little LED glimpses seem to become voyeuristic fantasies that could be classified as a new paraphilia/artphilia—a sexual urge that make a person want to engage in sexual fantasies or activities with an artwork; activities such as petting a painting, rubbing against a sculpture, or undressing in a video artwork.

LED towers physically restrict the images within them, they are a window for seeing other and to be seen by others, choreographers Wu Yandan and Li Lingxi reveal only fragments. For example, in “Elevator”, two female legs playfully rub against each other – visually rhyming with electric cables and steel chains. They make the viewer wonder in where passion and affection is being well built in the walls in the multimillion populated cities of China.

 “ATM Machine” depicts an LED ‘white-collar’ marching with a rifle in his hands -it expresses a constant fight for being one of the top in the hierarchy of consumerism, surviving the pressure of society and living up to the expectations of yourself and your family.
 
Liu Dao’s towers offer a glimpse in a spectrum of feelings and problems well protected by the walls. They open a city of emotions, repeated patterns and lifestyles, reminding the endless circle of manly and womanly needs. These video loops are containing a specific. Each piece of work is a question mark – it is a small inquisition within yourself- within your own window.

Island6 Collective

island6 is a Shanghai-based collective of artists, art directors, curators, writers, and tech-geeks who share a passion for incorporating cutting edge technology into artwork. The group remains spontaneousness by working under a single moniker to recognize the team’s actions as a whole. The CV reflects this sense of communal identity by listing degrees and achievements without linking them to specific members of the collective.
 

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Metropolis Rises, Red Gate Gallery
Need. Want. Hunt. curated by Leela Shanker, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
2012
The Cat That Eats Diodes, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Hong Kong
The Cat That Eats Diodes, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
The Secret Collection of Yüan Meng Ch'ien, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Island of Oddities, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Dripping with Aurum, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Hong Kong
Them That Glide Past Our Windows, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Across the Waibaidu, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Ooh La La, curated by George Michell, Studio Rouge, Shanghai
Wired Blossoms and Electric Angels, The Opposite House (via Red Gate Gallery), Beijing
2011
Goddamned Shanghai, curated by Loo Ching Ling, island6 Arts Center, Shanghai
Spring Floods and Peach Petals, curated by A. Go, W. Phuan & Loo Ching Ling, The Arts House, Singapore
Everyday Frenzies, curated by JinR, Brian Wallace, Thomas Charvériat, Green T House, Beijing
Omen, curated by Peter Ryan Bradt & Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Plugged In, Tally Beck Contemporary, New York
2010
Electric Shanghai, Tally Beck Contemporary, Bangkok
P
rophecies, curated by Peter Ryan Bradt & Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Garden of Autumn Vapours, curated by Brian Wallace, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
Absolute 0:00, solo exhibition, Peter Ryan Bradt & Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Roseless, curated by Zane Mellupe, Yongkang Lu Art, Shanghai
2Psychic Apparatus, curated Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
The Light Fantastic, curated by Jonathan Thomson, LV Cultural Space (via Red Gate Gallery), Taipei
Libido, Mortido, curated by Thomas Charvériat & Zane Mellupe, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Fakirs, curated by Thomas Charvériat & Zane Mellupe, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
2009
Placebo, co-curated by Thomas Charvériat & Zane Mellupe, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
LED City, The Opposite House (via Red Gate Gallery), Beijing
30 Degrees, curated by George Michell, Studio Rouge & island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Synesthesia, curated by Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
LEDs animés, curated by Maia Muller, Gallery Twenty-One, Paris
The Artist Died Yesterday, an exhibition curated by Zane Mellupe, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
2008
Quadrare il Cerchio (Squaring the Circle), Allegra Ravizza Art Project, Milan
Clouds of Crowds, curated by Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Zero Gravity, curated by Zou Susu and Zane Mellupe, Sun Gallery, Shanghai
2007
PlugIT, curated by Thomas Charvériat, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong
Made in China, curated by Zou Susu, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
IPlugIT, curated by Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Bits, Bytes and Pixels, curated by Thomas Charvériat, IFA Village Shanghai
 

Group Exhibitions

2013
WTF! 400 years exploring the world [theme exhibition], Gallery CNCPT13 with Pantocratór Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012
Two Generations - 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 2012 Australian Tour:
City of Sydney Chinese New Year; Manning Regional Gallery; Damien Minton Gallery; University of Newcastle Gallery; Melbourne International Fine Arts (MiFA); Linton & Kay, Perth

Ruby Roxy Rhino Rouge Rock Hong Kong, curated by George Michell, Studio Rouge, Hong Kong
island6 for Chivas Collective, (hosted in Shanghai Gallery of Art, with Chivas), island6 Arts Center Shanghai
The Rich and the Righteous, organized by Gemelli Turzi, In-Sight, Palma de Mallorca
Shots, curated by Albert Benamou, Albert Koski and Véronique Maxé, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris
2011
20 Years Two Generations of Artists at Red Gate, island6 Art Center, Shanghai
20 Years Two Generations of Artists at Red Gate, Red Gate Gallery
RAM Christmas Project, commissioned installation, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
Ruby, Roxy and the Flaming Lamborghini, curated by George Michell, Studio Rouge, Shanghai
10th Anniversary, curated by Art Seasons Gallery, Art Seasons Singapore
Middle East Middle Kingdom, curated by Pia Copper-Ind, Art Seasons, Dubai, U.A.E.
2010
Winter Show, curated by Brian Wallace, Red Gate Gallery
The Big Bang, White Rabbit Gallery (via Red Gate Gallery), Sydney
Raining Stars, curated by Jonathan Thomson, LV Gallery, Macau
It’s a Strange, Strange World!, curated by Zhao Yonggang & Kartini Tanoto, 1918 Artspace, Shanghai
2009
Individual: New Art from Beyond Beijing, curated by Tally Beck, Red Gate Gallery
2008
Automata, curated by Zane Mellupe (w/ Marie Terrieux), island6 IFA Gallery, Shanghai
Urban Lust, curated by Zane Mellupe (w/ Marie Terrieux), island6 IFA Gallery Shanghai
Fernelmont Contemporary Art, second edition – Festival, Castle of Fernelmont, Fernelmont, Belgium
2007
Made in Shanghai, exhibition curated by Valère Terrier & Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Festival Art Continu, an art festival organized by Oussama Laftimi, Marrakech, Morocco
Fernelmont Contemporary Art – Festival, Castle of Fernelmont
Eurasia One, curated by Andrea Neidhoefer, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Nuit Blanche, first Asian edition, Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Remote/Control, curated by Wennie Teo & Ella Liao, Museum of Contemorary Art, Shanghai
2006
I Love LEDs, curated by Nadia Wagner and Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Getting Along, curated by David Estes and Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
Forward/Backward and Reloading, curated by Thomas Charvériat, island6 Arts Center Shanghai
 

Collections

2012
K11, Shanghai
Chivas Collective, Shanghai
Antoine Arnault, Paris
Andaz Hotel, Shanghai

2011
French Embassy, Beijing
Louis Vuitton House, Taipei
Wemhöner, Herford
Wallace, Beijing
Ferrero Gallery Collection, Nice

2010
Miss Sixty, Shanghai
White Rabbit, Sydney
Albert Benamou, Paris

2009
3 Punts Gallery, Barcelona
Loft Gallery, Paris

 

Awards and Honors

2010
Nomination for the Sovereign Art Fair Prize, nominated by Jonathan Thomson, Hong Kong
2005
Mondriaan Foundation subsidy for the Arts, “Real Time”, curated by Marjan van Mourik, Rotterdam
Rotterdam Foundation subsidy for the Arts, “Real Time”, curated by Marjan van Mourik, Rotterdam

2002
“Beques de produccio Audiovisual i Musical” (I.U.A/Phonos), Barcelona

“island6 六岛 (pinyin: Liù dǎo) is a Shanghai-based art collective of tech-geeks and creative talents. The collective produces cutting edge art that constantly contemplates the future of Asia, engages sights and scenes from old and new China and elevates the skills of new talents by working from a communal forum. 
 

 

Since island6's beginning, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, new media artists, software and digital imaging artists, dancers, writers, engineers and guest artist and curators have worked together to produce original, intriguing shows. The collective has ranged from 6 to 22 people since its inception in 2006.”

Liu Dao

 



 

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