ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, paper collage, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2013
SIZE 236.4(W)×28(H)×9(D) cm | 93(W)×11(H)×3.5(D) inches
CREDITS Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (video assistant) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production coordination) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Pete Bradt (video assistant) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor)
“In the northern darkness there is a fish and his name is Kūn鲲. The Kūn鲲 is so huge I don’t know how many thousand li he measures. He changes and becomes a bird whose name is Peng鹏…”
“Free and Easy Wondering” was the legacy foretold by the first chapter of the Ancient Zhuangzi 莊子. Kūn 鲲 goes from a fish bound to the sea to an explorer of the skies, and changes his entire existence from swimming to flying. This change appears to come over Kūn鲲 almost as naturally as breathing, for it is the very essence of wu wei 之境 (the art of no interference) that will deliver change, as is the natural order. Change will always see people coming and going, some are left behind. Spare a thought for those that are still swimming in oblivion, unaware of the world of possibilities beyond their own. In Kūn’s case, he has left his kin far behind and whilst Kūn flies the winds of the Orient to far afield, his kin wonder at the promise of adventure left in his absence. Exotic lands and mysterious cultures whisper to them, tempting their imaginations to find solace in daydreams… “Free and easy wondering” is always readily available to Kūn’s kin, but strictly in the metaphysical sense.