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"He is sitting there with his legs wide spread" by Liu Dao
TITLE "He is sitting there with his legs wide spread" (他惬意地坐在那儿)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, fiber optic, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2010
SIZE 58×58×9 cm | 22.8×22.8×3.5 inches
TECH SPECS INPUT 200-240V AC /4.0A or 100-120V AC/6.5A 50/60 HZ - OUT 5V/50A (1× MW S-350-5)
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Fakirs"
CREDITS Li Lingxi 李翎溪 (performance) • Wang Dongma 王东马 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (artistic direction) • Wang Binbin 王彬彬 (production assistant) • Jean Le Guyader (production assistant) • Rebecca Bian 卞懿敏 (production assistant)

Discover and be astounded by a multitude of fiber optics as you closely inspect this image of a tied and bound master artist. His assistant’s feet are chained to the cold mud packed ground and those handcuffs cupping her small yet strong wrists do well to keep her dependant.
Well over four thousand thumb-print LED images are all doing their part to hit your cornea, emitting an immeasurable amount of light in order to help you remember your childhood fascination for magic men and card tricks.
Can you imagine, the life of a Fakir?  What a life of awe filled with immeasurable aura, of teachings and purpose, of wandering on a mission of ambition! If you lived in the Middle East in 1907, you may have been one of the lucky one’s to have seen Herbert Ponting as he taught on alms and energy, or lived to tell of how he walked barefoot over coals so treacherously hot that the sole’s of his feet no longer hand ridges and lines. Where sitting, or sleeping on a bed of nails was considered a spiritual practice and meditating for hours in the middle of a public square induced peace and discipline.  Where has the magic gone?
Take a moment to reacquaint yourself with a world of unexplained phenomenon where physic is tampered with beyond the imagination. Harry Houdini, born in 1874 was a man of Hungarian decent, an American performer, both an escapologist and a magician. Like this picture of three assistants, he worked with collaborators, assisted in projects such as being buried alive, all while attempting to keep his sanity intact during experiments with the Chinese water torture cell. Challenge yourself to think outside of the here and now and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. [Kristen Delaney]

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六岛是由艺术家自发创立, 由创作人员管理的公益艺术机构。其精神是为艺术家提供平台并支持各项协作项目。