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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...
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...

That Workshop…

If you visit island6’s main gallery space in the M50 art district of Shanghai, you’re likely to hear the whir of power tools mixing with muffled voices that spill out from the back of the basketball court-sized area. These sounds (that are perhaps more suited to a carpenter’s woodshed than an art gallery) may prompt...

That Workshop…

If you visit island6’s main gallery space in the M50 art district of Shanghai, you’re likely to hear the whir of power tools mixing with muffled voices that spill out from the back of the basketball court-sized area. These sounds (that are perhaps more suited to a carpenter’s woodshed than an art gallery) may prompt...

The sound of millions of dollars, sinking.

When a ship sinks into the ocean, if nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? I am torn on my stance regarding this issue. When I was younger I would have told you to fuck off if you asked me that question. I had more important ways to spend my...
"Babble Jabber" Artwork Filming

“Babble Jabber” Artwork Filming

Liu Dao is toeing the fine line between sane and insane with their upcoming “Babble Jabber” exhibition at island6 Hong Kong. Things got a little… strange at a recent filming session in the collective’s Shanghai production studio. We’re bringing you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the shenanigans that went down at the shoot, and you...
Just in case you were wondering..?

Just in case you were wondering..?

I recently joined (what I consider to be, no partiality or anything…) one of the most exciting art collectives in the world: island6, known to many as Liu Dao. Over these past few weeks I’ve worked on more creatively sound projects than I have in my entire life. Alongside a team of unique and creative individuals, we’ve managed to whip...
Pulling Down the Green: Not Your Average Ho-Hum Shoot

Pulling Down the Green: Not Your Average Ho-Hum Shoot

Most people who visit island6 are surprised to find out that not only do we shoot all of our own videos and photographs, but that we shoot them in our main gallery. This of course does not apply to the large Beijing cityscapes in our photograph/LED hybrids, which required members of the collective to travel northward...
island6 @ Adidas Shanghai Flagship Store

island6 @ Adidas Shanghai Flagship Store

It is midnight already. The noisy car engines gradually become silent. The dim street lights highlight the moonlight. The bustling city is slowly falling asleep. However,the island6 spirit is still energetic at night – our dynamic blue laser dancers move relentlessly in Adidas Shanghai Flagship Store while most sleep. This May, Liu Dao partnered with adidas Originals...
If this artwork could speak: the art of blurb writing

If this artwork could speak: the art of blurb writing

When you stand before a work of contemporary art what are the questions you might ask? Do you want to know the dimensions or perhaps the media of that lustrous painterly surface? Or do you want to know the name of the artist, where they come from or even more obtusely, the year they were...
Machine Love: The Making of... "Everything Old Is New Again"

Machine Love: The Making of… “Everything Old Is New Again”

Imagine this. You pass a laneway in the dark. At the end of the dim, cavernous lane a beautiful woman flirts shamelessly. The object of her affection is not a handsome suitor but – a vending machine. She gyrates, blows kisses, and dances with the monolith. It puts me in mind of a famous scene from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001:...