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Interactive Art: Liu Dao's Perpetual Harrassment of the Public

Interactive Art: Liu Dao’s Perpetual Harrassment of the Public

“Interactivity as a medium produces meaning.”1 “What’s that?” ur unsuspecting performer Angela enquired warily. We weren’t sure what to say. It’s a simulated torture device? It’s an electrocution chamber? It’s a video shoot conceived because our chief tinkerer Thomas hooked up his phone to a lamp? “It’s interactive art,” we finally replied. That seemed to...

Funky beams 鬼马激光

The laser has come a long way from throwback days where lasers were seen to be icons of the future.   Forever immortalised in popular culture, from the laser beams of Star Trek to the Lightsabres of Star Wars, the reality of the laser in modern times certainly fell short of expectations, but it does...
Exode et inertie – retours sur "Migration" (迁徙)

Exode et inertie – retours sur “Migration” (迁徙)

Exode et inertie – retours sur “Migration” (迁徙) Toute personne venant à la galerie observe une œuvre et s’interroge. L’esprit du visiteur est confus. C’est bien ça la magie d’island6 : l’innovation et l’interaction grâce aux media utilisés. Mettre l’esprit face au doute, face à l’inconnu. Mettre en exergue le plus de sens possible, le son,...
Insight and Inspirations (Part 2)

Insight and Inspirations (Part 2)

Here is a follow up to our earlier post on the creative process and ideas that go into the creation of some of our artworks. Some of the themes you can see in these artworks are old vs. new, urban life, and cultural differences between the East and West. As always, we would love to hear...
Insight and Inspirations

Insight and Inspirations

We often get questions from visitors as to the inspiration or meaning behind many of our artworks. While we believe that it is more important for people to make their own opinions and assign their own values to the artwork, it doesn’t hurt to share the thought process we had while creating it. Here we...

老街角與新潮流

如果只有一天的時間去遊覽香港,而你已經厭倦了“複製貼上式”的購物商場,想了解天壇大佛和維多利亞港以外的香港的話,上環也許是一個不錯的選擇。 你很難找出一個確切的形容詞來描述上環,因為這裡是如此多元而有趣的一個地方。這裏有濃濃的老香港情懷,海味店、藥材舖、摩囉街、文武廟,以及卑利街上碩果僅存的排檔。但上環亦反映了香港中西方文化的融合,一連串的特色小店和西餐館也吸引了不少海外遊客和熱愛藝術之人在此蹓躂,而上環林林立立的畫廊同時為上環增添幾分藝術氣息。       坐落在新街一號的island6,創辦人來自法國,他在上海成立一座多媒體藝術中心,2012年在香港開設畫廊以展出六島的作品。其作品主要為 LED 藝術、互動裝置藝術、影像藝術為主,也有攝影、現代雕塑以及繪畫作品。六島作品把現代化的特點加入中國傳統藝術,部份作品更是透過中國傳統剪紙圖片結合LED動畫技術,把生活中的小事融入藝術中。 這一種中西文化的碰撞正正和上環這個立雜縮影的地方不謀而合。這個彈丸之地,每分每秒都上演著路人甲乙丙的好戲,上環雖小,也有萬千故事在身邊。     不喜歡藝術也不喜歡畫廊? 不一定喔⋯⋯你還沒試過,說不定你會找到不一樣的樂趣。   「沒有勇氣的願景,最終只是一場白日夢。」 -Toba Beta 目前,island6 Hong Kong正進行的展覽 “Guts勇氣”,或許可以鼓勵你重拾面對生活的勇氣,找到屬於你自己的故事。 island6 Hong Kong 地址:六島,上環新街一號 開放時間:星期一至日 11am to 7pm    

The Beauty of Ugliness

People love to be surrounded by beauty. Beautiful people and beautiful scenery invoke some deep desire within us. We crave it and we covet it. This is why there is a concept of “standards.” People must be of a certain physical caliber for attraction, our cars need to be sleek, even our pets have to...

十八描

明代邹德中《绘事指蒙》载有“描法古今一十八”。亦见于明代汪砢玉《珊瑚网》,其中钉头鼠尾作钉头鼠尾描,撅头丁作撅头描,其余同。清王瀛将其付诸图画,并注明每种描法的要点。 十八描,中国画技法名 – 原指古代人物衣服褶纹画法,引申至花鸟鱼虫,长亭水榭,春风花草等各种线描的基底。线描是工笔的灵魂所在,纸上万物,统统归入这二九一十八描的第一步。 早在明以前,远至东晋,顾恺之的高古游丝描已经现世,三大线描中的游丝画法也应运而生。在物质匮乏却情怀富足的启蒙时代,为了顺应主流审美,作品多写洛神及其“同党”,画工使用悬腕与中锋,一味追求圆润轻灵,虽然做到了独一无二的“翩若游龙,宛若惊鸿”,但是神形气意中缺了神形,只有气意,难免会有空中楼阁的失重感。 时光荏苒,光是看游丝这一派的变化,已经是非常有趣。在改朝换代及外来文化的入侵中,它慢慢演化出了琴弦描,铁线描,以及后来著名的曹衣出水。南北朝来自楼兰之后的画家,将中原地区凭空出世的美学纹理压回纸面上,加入西域虔诚而庄重的元素,将佛像衣纹下垂、繁密,贴身如出水状表现了出来,故称为曹衣出水。 所谓“曹衣出水,吴带当风”,与游丝一派相对应的柳叶描,兴起于当唐朝,它行笔快,变化多,压力多在线条的中段。十八线描重的枣核描、橄榄描、行云流水描均属之。吴道子善画山水,传说到了呼风唤雨召唤神龙的地步,他的描法里化寓流水入细节处,多见于人物飘荡的衣带,神形气意,尤重于神。 如果让我说下去,三天三夜又怎能说完两千年线描的奥秘,在这个消耗巨大,集体健忘的快消时代,对于祖先艺术的传承与保存,都是十分艰难的。即使真的有返璞归真的受众群,愿意知其然又知其所以然的寥寥无几。然而,作为一间post contemporary与 pop结合的Gallery,我们仍然愿意耗上很多个下午,在没有wifi和social media的木板上,一笔一画,描完一幅仕女图。艺术是一个丢弃与重拾的过程,找寻源头和自我本真的过程,我们的坚持,即是我们的灵魂所在。 Island6 的一众艺术创作中,随处可见的中国元素,葱唐三彩到元青花的陶瓷纹,从未被遗忘过,那些一板一眼的工笔形象,端庄如”Talented” (才人)   繁复如 “Old Homes after it’s all Said and Done” (故园风雨后) 诡谲如”Kiss That Red” (亲吻那点红) “我以为的遗忘,原来藏在你手上。”
Worship and Good Glue...

Worship and Good Glue…

As an art collective living and operating in China we are often asked about censorship, political art etc. The short response to these types of inquires is that we’ve never had any problems or issues arise from our content. And although I’m sure it’s quite possible to get yourself into some pretty sticky shit with...
Crafting Mixed Beauty

Crafting Mixed Beauty

Liu Dao 六岛 (island6) is a Shanghai-based art collective which produces edgy artworks that combine new technology and the traditional forms of art. They reflect sights and scenes of the old and new China. Historical and traditional Chinese imagery can be discovered in various artworks of island6. Recently, Liu Dao has experimented more with video...
人類是否永遠孤獨?

人類是否永遠孤獨?

「美國太空總署(NASA)在美國時間週一上午11時30分在華盛頓總部舉行記者會,宣布有證據證明火星有流動的水源。 NASA總部火星探索計劃首席科學家邁耶(Michael Meyer)接受《衛報》訪問稱火星表面有液態水,我們因此懷疑,可居住的環境至少是可能的。液態水是生命存在的必要條件。此項發現,令火星孕育生命的機會升高。」
Descubriendo island6...

Descubriendo island6…

¡Hola! Me llamo Juan A. Gómez y he aterrizado en island6 este otoño del 2015. Hasta hace poco menos de un mes vivía en Alicante (España) pero me entró el gusanillo del chino y decidí venirme a una de las ciudades más impresionantes que jamás he conocido: Shanghai. Además de intentar aprender algo de chino compagino...