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"Behind the Scenes" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Behind the Scenes" (幕后)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, paper collage, black stained yellow willow woodframe
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2008
SIZE 107×107×8 cm | 42×42×3 inches
EXPOSURE Exhibited in "Clouds of Crowds"
CREDITS Wu Yandan 吴艳丹 & Tom Lee Pettersen (performance) • Zane Mellupe (art direction) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Yang Longhai 杨龙海 (assembly direction) • Hugo Bourgade (video animation)

Made and exhibited in "Clouds of Crowds", the 2008 multimedia work "Behind the Scenes" is a quintessential Liu Dao production that employs the experience and philosophy from separate artistic branches constantly converging in the original island6 location at 120 Moganshan Lu. In a modernist approach to dissecting personal histories in order to construct a newer, more cosmopolitan identity, individualism is absorbed in the production process as Wu Yandan and Tom Lee Patterson choreograph and perform an unending action that is captured into a pop-LED cycle that spins temporally like a weather cycle beneath the shining sun of an old war portrait. In the spirit of "Clouds of Crowds", the collage of aged rice paper smears and blends historical artifact with abstract contemporary art and engages the viewer down an inner voyage through murmuring crowds and a striking digital experience where one doesn't immediately expect it. "Behind the Scenes" reflects a reality blurred and lost in the realm of sub-consciousness. Beyond the primarily formal use to which island6 approaches art, the artwork tries to become a mean of representing the perception of the true selves of people. Therefore, the visible faces themselves are blurred, cloudy but concealing a subject's true self. [Pete Bradt]

STATUS N/A. Private collection, Shanghai (P.R.C)
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