LED display, paper collage, stainless steel frame
Unique, made in island6, Shanghai 2011
58(W)×58(H)×9(D) cm | 22.8(W)×22.8(H)×3.5(D) inches
Exhibited in "Omen" & "Ooh La La!" at studio rouge on the bund
Wang Dongma 王东马 (video animation) • Wujia 吴佳 (performance) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination) • Laura Breitenberger (video assistant)
For more information: island6.org/WuDan.html
Wu Jianquan, master teacher and practitioner of Taijiquan, wrote in his seminal study of Chinese martial arts, "From the greatest softness comes the greatest hardness."
The Chinese have long believed in the philosophy of balance and inter-relatedness in nature, most commonly represented by the black and white Taoist yin yang symbol. This concept is often reflected in Chinese martial arts, or Wǔshù, which blends hard and soft techniques in countering the force of an attack in combat. The words wu and shu express the balance of martial strength and self-discipline, and wushu practitioners understand the importance of balancing attack and yielding, spontaneous and studied, fast and slow, internal and external.
Wu Dan is an animated LED warrior monk practicing Shaolin quan. The monk's movements are blend of strength and grace honed and perfected over ten years of grueling training. Practitioners of the authentic Shaolin quan techniques possess remarkable dexterity, strength and abilities; they also cultivate clarity and purity of the mind and spirit.
Through this piece, Liu Dao ponders the nature of duality. Contrasts exist only in relation to each other. There is no strength without gentleness, no aggression without submission, and no movement without stillness.
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