1. "T"

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    From an ample stretch of a passing gaze, featureless, and immobile, it’s unusually difficult to make out the cloud of emotion that surrounds the image of "T". But, look closely; come into his aura of mystical appeal. Even closer…I dare you, inspect his overjoyed yet striking intrigue, oh that pride. Can you feel it? It's as if he's wearing his heart, smack dab on his shoulders. He is aware of little more than this one, relatively insignificant moment, which will only be buried into the expansive history of his memories. The passing of time it appears is etched in circular wrinkles across his withered brow. He is, from ear to rosy ear deeply content. Eyes squinting like dotty crescents of slivered onyx as if to say, this is I, in my own process of continual becoming. I have already experienced a world beyond the average man's span of time. "T" is simple. He is strikingly profound. Perhaps an instant of sentiment, nevertheless, content with whatever is out there looming in the not so distant tomorrow. Like a blushing spring cherry ripely plucked, you can watch that warm rushing pattern of friendliness wash over his face, his neck, even his inanimate t-shirt. It soaks up the blackness of despair from his past and finds itself at home, implanted in the very fiber of his being. [Kristen Delaney] ARTIST: Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA: LED display, stainless steel frame EDITION: Unique DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2009 SIZE: 42×8×8 cm CREDITS : Cai Duobao 蔡多宝 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (production direction) To read more please visit: http://www.island6.org/T.html

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    • "Highway" (高速公路)

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      When she drives, she burns rubber. When she arrives, she burns cash. When she leaves, she burns egos. "Highway" is about the sleekest, hottest pieces on the street, the ones that move fastest and purr loudest. The ones that everybody wants to drive, flip over and roll with. The ones with the tightest engines and most banging bass. But, they know it, and they won’t get caught. The best cars on the highway are manual, never automatic. Car lovers see them a mile away, transfixed on their headlights, standing gormlessly, nothing but a blur to avoid for the driver. “Highway” shows two beautiful legs straight from the body shop, dancing from one foot to the other, switching lanes as she skips from one guy to the next until the sun comes up. She is Meals on Heels for the hungry but isn’t pulling over anytime soon. [Pete Bradt] ARTIST: Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA: LED display, teakwood frame EDITION: Unique DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2009 SIZE: 98×21×21 cm CREDITS :Li Lingxi 李翎溪 (performance) • Cai Duobao 蔡多宝 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (production direction) To read more please visit: http://www.island6.org/Highway.html

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      • "Well" (好...)

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        I am known as the outsider. Sitting here alone each day, I wonder about life beyond my own form of vapor existence. We are all vapor. Others see heaven or they see their Yoga Sutras, all for the same reason really... they do it to calm the beating of their pulse felt through their tired, feeble veins. Worn-out from running in circles that were etched in a day planner from within a taxi somewhere, with ink stains splattered across the red leather binding of that overpriced book. What's so disheartening is that those circles, the ones that start out tired and end up at the exact same spot, they were planned out precisely and meant to be straight paths, beginning with a goal and ending with a victory. The problems begin with their goals. They are too finite. 1) Take the kids to school, check. 2) Brush up on my Business idioms, check, check. But when the day folds into the darkness of night and their goals lay out accomplished like ribbons on the living room wall, they still are not satisfied. But I am. I watch from the outside looking in on a lost nation, a universe so obsessed with the self in images and personal accounts, in recognition. I haven't picked up a magazine in five years that didn't display some young thing, or a weathered face made to look youthful. I can't afford a magazine, anyway. Parents are living vicariously through their children's compulsory piano lessons and ballet classes. A life filled from nine to five (or seven to eleven) depending on their audacity to stand up to the system. But the color of gray (that god awful prevalent pigment in their office walls) never really stirred anyone's enthusiasm for aspiration, once they reach the top. I haven't found a single person who understands the need to let go in order to feel whole again. The secret to life is not about developing your own rhythm but about allowing the rhythm of life to set sail under your wings. I am the one known to sit on the corner alone, a little crazy. I'm poor. And what I observed from this hunched over position is a world of "me first" a city so consumed with committing trivial indecencies as long as they can get away with it. Let it be known, you've seen my pockets they are shallow, but I am free. Filled with a peace that money can't buy...for it is well with my soul. ARTIST: Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA: LED display, one-way glass, teakwood frame EDITION: Unique DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2010 SIZE: 58×58×9 cm CREDITS : Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (performance) • Wang Dongma 王东马 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (art direction) To read more please visit: http://www.island6.org/Well.html

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        • "In Search of Nostalgia" 寻觅旧年华

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          DATES: From March 18th to May 12th 2014 VERNISSAGE: Tuesday 18th of March 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m CURATION: Dorothy Fu & Ellie Strange ART DIRECTION: Thomas Charvériat SCENOGRAPHY: Jean Le Guyader, Anto Lau MUSIC: David Keohane VIDEO: Video Documentation by Anto Lau & Fabrice Amzel RESEARCH: Kim Mok, Margaret Johnson, Guan Yan 官彦 COORDINATION: Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁, Kim Mok VENUE: island6 Hong Kong, #1 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong SAR ARTISTS: island6 art collective (Liu Dao 六岛) WINE SPONSOR: Purple 9 Wine ‘In Search of Nostalgia’ transports the gallery as a time machine to give us a journey back to the 50’s Hong Kong, artworks are... For more information: http://www.island6.org/InSearchOfNostalgia_info.html

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          • "A Paw above the Rest" (高人一等的爪子)

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            Oh, well how swell is this? From flesh and bone through virtual space I have been transformed. Victory! I shall live forever! No more old, stinky couch and the stench of mold gathering in the corners of this dusty wretched excuse for a commodity. No more lingering around petty humans, begging and trying to gather the scrawny wastes of yesterday’s dinner. No more kids pulling my ears, pushing and poking my delicate little snout. Freedom! No more cats and the overwhelming feeling of necessity to chase them. And the sweet, sweet flea-less, tick-less prospect of my future, oh how I love this translucent, better state of me! I shall rejoice over this emptiness of time and space. I shall cuddle… Where is my blanket?! [Weronika Nossowicz] ARTIST: Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA: RGB LED display, one-way glass, teakwood frame EDITION: Unique DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2014 SIZE: 42(W)×42(H)×7.5(D) cm CREDITS : Xiao Pudding (performance) • Anto Lau (art direction & animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) To read more please visit: http://www.island6.org/APawAboveTheRest.html

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            • Caledonian Cup Challenge 2014

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              • "I Heard about Your Brother" (我听说过你的弟弟)

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                I’m not even sure you’re aware of the extent to which your older brother was legend in and around our neighborhood. If you ask anyone who’s anyone worth asking they’ll tell you the good bits. About how he made love on the tops of mountains to women the likes of which most of us would cut a finger off (with a dull blade) just to get a passing glimpse of topless. Or about how he fought men twice his size five at a time for getting smart-mouthed with his friends (and especially relatives as I know you’ve seen first hand). About the time he rescued that girl from a burning apartment building while all the fire fighters were looking on in resignation. The total losses already chalked up for them. “It’s too hot and out of control,” you could see them thinking. Past tense residents inside. I still think about him sometimes. Especially when I walk by that spot where everything went wrong. The last place he was a hero. [Ryan Nimmo] ARTIST: Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA: RGB LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame EDITION: Unique DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2014 SIZE: 48(W)×67(H)×5(D) cm CREDITS : Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Anto Lau (art direction & animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Jean Le Guyader (production assistant & documentation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) To read more please visit: http://www.island6.org/IHeardAboutYourBrother.html

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                • "What Once was Mine" (曾经属于我的那些)

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                  I was born 20 centuries ago in ancient China, Sichuan Province. I do not remember my beginning. All I know is that my worldly possessions were a small vase that traveled with me through the centuries and a scroll with my name: Li Xiaofeng 李晓烽 Trying to make sense of my never-ending youth, I wandered distant lands and spoke to wise men. I was given no answer to my questions so I kept going. I have been to the East, West, North and South. To avoid heartbreak, I forged brick by brick the “Great Wall of Me” separating myself from the rest of the mortals. But one by one, as the loneliness raged, the bricks fell leaving me defenseless against human nature. So I fell in love. I loved over 50 times. And my heart which once was mine, belonged to many, many others. I buried my wives and children and their children. And although distraught by their death, I felt content as they all led happy lives in this world, and I grew jealous as they departed it. ARTIST: Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA: RGB LED display, acrylic painting, paper collage, teakwood frame EDITION: Unique DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2014 SIZE: 48(W)×67(H)×7(D) cm CREDITS : Jin Yun 金云 (painting) • Anto Lau (art direction & animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Jean Le Guyader (production assistant & documentation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) To read more please visit: http://www.island6.org/WhatOnceWasMine.html

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