ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, sand & resin coating, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2013
SIZE 103.5(W)×103.5(H)×9(D) cm | 49(W)×49(H)×3.5(D) inches
CREDITS Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (performance & painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Tony Argueta (camera) • Fabrice Amzel (camera & video animation) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Melani Murkovic (production assistant) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor)
In the fast-paced, mad world of antique ceramic sales, Qing Dynasty vases are the equivalent of grade A heroin. Their decorations are so minute and delicate that they sell for hundreds of millions of dollars, the highest being 69$ million USD. Given how precious they are, one would think that a museum displaying such irreplaceable artifacts, would in fact, protect them from the clumsy pedestrians who saunter into the museum looking for a little cultural enlightenment. Nick Flynn found out the hard way upon his first visit to the Fitzwilliam. Upon realizing he was going the wrong way up a flight of stairs, he quickly turned around, tripped on his shoelaces, fell down 20 stairs and smashed into 3 Qing Dynasty vases precariously perched on a window sill. He walked away unharmed, confused, light headed and meandered home with a shattered ego. He told no one… but was arrested 3 months later for criminal damage after finally being identified from security footage. Miraculously, the vases have all been glued back together but it turns out comedic fluke is priceless, as the vases were all uninsured.