Shanghai Art Collective’S Spring Floods And Peach Petals Set To Hit Singapore At The Arts House
Singapore, July 2011 – After making well-received stops in Hong Kong at the recent Hong Kong Art Fair and in Beijing, Spring Floods and Peach Petals will be presented here in Singapore for the first time. Taking place from 20 July – 9 August at The Arts House, this exhibition will be a continuation of the Shanghai-based art collective, Liu Dao(六岛), travelling show.
Organised by The Arts House and the island6 Arts Center in Shanghai, the exhibition will showcase a series of multimedia artworks that meld contemporary mediums with the timelessness of Chinese landscape shan shui 山水 ("water and mountain") painting. In shan shui mixed with pop art, rice paper with video, and paper cutting with LEDs, the show presents the complex mix of history and contemporaneity that marks modern China.
In Spring Floods and Peach Petals, which takes its title from A Song of Peach Blossom River (桃源行) by the 8th century poet Wang Wei 王维, shan shui cliffs are now replaced by skyscrapers and rivers by roads. The show brings visitors from tree-covered peaks to derelict urban dwellings through delicate LED configurations, as they shine through high resolution photos and GSM modules.
“We are very thrilled to work with island6 and bring this exhibition to Singapore,” says Mr William Phuan, Director of Programmes and Marketing at The Arts House. “It will be a visual treat for our visitors. They will get to meet an eclectic mix of modern-day characters – all of whom, like the shan shui literati from dynasties past, seek, using a pen or a brush, to find self-fulfillment, understanding, and serenity in their hearts in the midst of their crazy lives.”
In Economy, Personified, a tightrope walker’s cautious treading along a wire brings to life the spirit and philosophy of shan shui, which yearns, above all, to find harmony between opposing elements. Up Until Dawn chronicles the longing of the urban animal that searches for meaning in life, and turns to the dizzying distractions of raucous nightclubs. Thick Red Line reminisces about the world’s first video game, Pong, and contemplates how we use games in filling our restless hearts with calm.
Mr. Thomas Charveriat, founder and director of island6 Arts Center and the Liu Dao art collective, says, "Liu Dao was formed as a response to the rapidly booming Chinese art market that was creating misplaced priorities and selfish ambitions in many young artists. island6 and Liu Dao stand as the counteraction to this. The spirit and purpose behind all art pieces and exhibitions have always been collaboration. No craftsman has the entire skill set required to produce new media art of the quality and complexity that Liu Dao is known for. Only by combining the dedication and talent of a large group of people can such electronic visions come to life. One of the current aims of island6 is to make art using the same process as the film industry, giving due credit to all those involved whose varied skills and backgrounds enrich the artwork."
The Liu Dao artists, who are part of island6's in-house art collective, pay homage to shan shui artists of the Tang era who believed that art need not actually represent a recognisable scene in reality, but instead serves primarily to illuminate and express the ethical and mental state of the artist. The show, as it infuses the modern with the past, thus serves as an ode to urbanism that unites man with his surroundings.
Exhibition Information Title : Spring Floods and Peach Petals
Co-Organised By : island6 Arts Center and The Arts House
Venue (Room/s) : Gallery, The Arts House
Date & Time : 20 Jul - 9 Aug | 10am – 8pm
Tickets : Free admission
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About Liu Dao Art Collective
The island6 collective, Liu Dao (六岛), is the in-house artist collective at island6 Arts Center, Shanghai, comprising Chinese and international new media artists, a production team, and an international artistic direction unit.
The spirit and purpose behind all island6 artworks, literary contributions, and exhibitions is collaboration. The group places emphasis on interaction in order to engage artists and art lovers in the process of creating and experiencing art focusing on collective rather than individual values, with the direct aim of benefiting young Chinese contemporary artists promotionally and creatively.
island6 and Liu Dao were founded around a framework of eclectic, artistic, and academic interests. The ideas continue to serve as a nucleus for a system which produces cutting edge, acclaimed art where the future of Asia is continuously contemplated, and the talents of diverse artists are elevated by working in the inspiration of a communal forum.
Since island6’s beginning, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, new media artists, software and digital imaging artists, dancers, writers, and engineers have been recruited to collaborate inside a dynamic that sees the constant emission and development of original, intriguing work, bred from distinctions among the participating artists’ fields of work and study.
About island6 Arts Center
island6 Arts Center is an artist-founded, artist-run "art first" not-for-profit organization based in Shanghai with a production site and an adjoining gallery for the cutting-edge, new media artwork of the island6 art collective in Shanghai. The production studio is equipped for all manner of artistic creation – from traditional Chinese papercutting to interactive video animation – while the spacious gallery is used for thematic exhibitions. Every "art forward" island6 exhibition is the product of multi-disciplined, collaborative in-house workshops.
The history of the center dates back to 2006, when it was founded by Thomas Charvériat in a rehabilitated flour mill warehouse on Moganshan Road. Since then, it has occupied various locations and has set up partnerships with several galleries in Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Bangkok and New York. The island6 collective primarily creates LED artworks, interactive installations, Photography and sculptures. island6 explores the cultural potential of the convergence of art, technology and science, and promotes cross-cultural dialogue through their unique collaborative philosophy.
About The Arts House
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore's first Parliament House, The Arts House since its opening in 2004 has been offering its visitors a broad spectrum of lifestyle options, while at the same time playing an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene. From 2011, The Arts House will focus on the development of Literary Arts, while supporting and presenting programmes and festivals that aim to give a wide and multidisciplinary experience to our audiences along the theme of "Writing our Worlds" this year.