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"Give Them Hamsters" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Give Them Hamsters" (给他们仓鼠吧)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Neon sign
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2014
SIZE 96(W)×37(H)×6(D) cm | 38(W)×14.5(H)×2(D) inches
TECH SPECS multi-color 8 mm neon tubes
1×CoolNeon-NG.B408BL (INPUT 220~240VAC 50/60HZ @0.2A / OUTPUT 8kV@30mA)

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EXPOSURE Contemporary Istanbul 2014
CREDITS Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Imre Balanli (production supervisor)

We’ve given every daughter we’ve had a hamster at some point in their lives. Usually around six years old. It’s like an empathy starter kit. Will you recognize that this small thing needs you to do things for it? Needs Food. Needs Water. Needs it’s shit continually removed from its living quarters because, left untended, it will choke itself in mountains of its own shit. Really. We have, one by one, discovered the internal wiring of our daughters and how they step up to the task…or fall flat. We decided early on to never intervene in the affair. That hamster blood is on their hands not ours. Our first daughter- we admittedly bought her a hamster when she was too young and she predictably forgot about it after the second day. It took her just as long to forgot about it after it died and, sure enough, this was the brick and mortar base of her personality and many of the traits she grew to refine so well in adulthood. Easy come easy go. We thought our second daughter’s hamster would live forever. She made us actually look up the life expectancy in the encyclopedia (it is about 4 years, never more than 5). She remains an almost alarmingly caring individual that takes care of all her responsibilities on time and always. Our third daughter’s behavior was then, and remains, wildly unpredictable. So too, of course, did the health and well being of her hamster which died after a year from (we think) being stepped on. Anyone who has daughters I say buy them hamsters…or maybe balloons if you want the expedited version. [Ryan Nimmo]

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