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"Bed Machine" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Bed Machine" (机床)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Seven-segment LED displays, LDR sensors, 8-bit microcontrollers
EDITION Unique
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2006-07
SIZE 187×121×12 cm | 73.6×47.6×4.7 inches
EXPOSURE Exhibited in "Forward/Backward and Reloading" & "Remote/Control" at MOCA
CREDITS Rose Tang 罗丝唐 (art direction) • Thomas Charvériat (technical direction) • Yang Longhai 杨龙海 (production assistant) • Wang Junfeng 王俊峰 (production assistant)
ABOUT

"Bed Machine" 机床 is a shadow activated counting device created by the collective Liu Dao 六岛 (art direction: Rose Tang 罗丝唐). As the viewer walks by an antique Chinese bed frame, his shadow made of LED digits starts counting in relation to his spatial position. The closer he gets, the faster it counts. Rose Tang’s approach to technology is one made upon her reflection towards the great change in Chinese culture during the last decade. Tang shows a tension between the traditional living conditions and the most advanced technology of which China is the cradle. With this work made out of wood and LEDs - the old and the new hightech - she displays the traditional family values and the newly constituted relationships holding it together, revealing the very personal struggle she encountered while developing her own identity.

STATUS N/A. Private collection, Antwerp (Belgium)
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