About the Artwork

The skipping rope smacks the hot concrete; a regular, metronomic beat alternating with the sound of the children's scuffed shoes hitting the ground. Gathered between two of the weathered telegraph poles that line the street, they eagerly await the next challenger, the next small foot to be entangled. "Two little love birds sitting in a tree; Kay, ai, ess, ess, ai, en, gee..." The chorus of their rhymes travel down dusty lanes, past homes worn at the edges, and up towards the wires overhead, sagging between poles. Their focus is so absorbed in the action framed in the arch of the rope, they are unaware of their second audience in the dress circle above sitting side by side, claws clinging to the cable that runs between them, only thin insulation offering protection from the current that runs through the wire. Current that feeds Liu Dao's LED lovebirds their electronic birdseed.

About the Company

Liu Dao is a Shanghai-based art collective of tech-geeks and creative talents driven by innovation and interaction. The collective produces cutting edge art that constantly contemplates the future of Asia, engages sights and scenes from old and new China and elevates the skills of new talents by working from a communal forum. Liu Dao's art is visual, interactive, conceptual, humorous, and somber - but always striking, always involving fresh takes on modern technology, and always the product of collaboration. Island6 Arts Center often features guest directors and guest curators for different exhibitions, allowing an international and cross-cultural foundation for original ideas to be born from many sources of input rather than one.

Kay Ai Ess Ess Ai En Gee

by Liu Dao

LED display, paper collage, stainless steel frame
on request
41 x 221 x 10 cm

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