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"Open Sky"

As part of Open Sky 打开天空, an exhibition curated by Gu Zhenqing 顾振清 at Chongqing’s first privately owned contemporary art museum, the Changjianghui Contemporary Art Museum 长江汇当代美术馆, island6 (六岛) was invited to present its take on the theme of technology creating new possibilities with human perception and interaction.

In island6’s showcase at Open Sky, artists explore intimacy and the shifting concept of private life in a world that is increasingly accustomed to baring all. As people willingly push more of their personal moments and thoughts online and observe endless hours of other people’s lives through reality TV, we wonder where the door left ajar will lead.

As we find the woman in "Kiska Vibe" drowsing in her lingerie, waiting for our contact, we sense we have been let into a space behind closed doors. Though as we follow her seductive and open prompt to call, triggering her intimate response, we wonder if she knows she is being watched. To what extent did she invite this? Did she mean to share so much or are we imposing?

Similarly, in "Waiting for Godot", our subjects stand waiting in the hiatus of a day, in the most public of places, roadside. Yet they do not know we stand on the opposite side of the street, and other side of the glass, staring unflinchingly at their every move, as we were always taught not to in public. As we reflect on the many apps and services we now use that track our geolocation information, we play with the dynamic of being able to affect people’s lives when the feed of information about location and activity is not mutual.

And as our gaze lifts to the girl in "A Wire With a View", precariously balancing above the buildings for all to see, we are captivated by the beauty and fragility of the moment as she juggles the competing focuses of her love and life. Has she chosen a life exposed as the deep red fish in the tank of "Nian Nian You Yu", in constant motion though never escaping an audience?

In its final exhibition for 2012, island6 was featured alongside over 30 new media artists from China, Taiwan, UK, USA, Italy and Japan including Miao Xiaochun 缪晓春, Xu Zhongmin 许仲敏, Sui Jianguo 隋建国, Yang Qian 杨千, Shy Gong, Diego Zuelli and Akino Kondoh, displaying a huge range of disciplines including painting, installations, animation and 3D video. island6 goes out with a bang and takes to the Open Sky for the start of 2013.

"Open Sky" at Changjianghui Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing
 
"Open Sky"
打开天空
Chongqing
DATES From December 22 2012 to February 22 2013
VERNISSAGE Saturday 22 December 2012, 4 pm
CURATION Gu Zhenqing 顾振清
ORGANIZATION Changjianghui Contemporary Art Museum 长江汇当代美术馆
PRODUCER Chen Jing 陈京, Chen Lu 陈露
SPACE DESIGN Liu Heng 刘珩
COORDINATION Guan Yan 官彦, Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳
VENUE Changjianghui Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chongqing 长江>汇当代艺术中心重庆
ARTISTS

island6 art collective (Liu Dao 六岛), Bu Hua 卜桦, Diego Zuelli 蒂亚戈佐艾里, Akino Kondoh 近藤聪乃, Li Hui 李晖, Li Qing 李青, Liu Qianyi 刘茜懿, Li Ran 李然, Lin Xin 林欣, Liu Yanhu 刘艳虎, Liu Gui Di 六桂地, Luo Helin 罗禾淋 & Chen Yichun 陈依纯, Miao Xiaochun 缪晓春, Niu Miao 牛淼, Shi Danqing 师丹青, Shy Gong 施工忠昊, Shi Jinsong 史金淞, Sui Jianguo 隋建国, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tang Yihu & Xiang Yandong & Zahng Wentao 孙原+彭禹、 汤一虎+项砚冬+张文韬, Tian Xiaolei 田晓磊, Weng Fen 翁奋, Wu Qiuyan 吴秋龑, Wu Weihe 吴玮禾, Wu Xiaojun 吴小军, Xu Zhongmin 许仲敏, Xue Lei 薛雷, Yang Qian 杨千, Zhang Meng 张锰, Zhou Changyong 周长永, Zhou Shaobo 周少波, Zhu Jia 朱加

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Exploring themes of intimacy and the blurring of lines between public and private lives, Liu Dao presents four artworks in Gu Zhenqing’s Open Sky exhibition at Chongqing’s first, private, contemporary art museum, the Changjiang Contemporary Art Museum. (read more >>>)

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island6 is a philanthropic project founded by artists and managed by voluntary staff. The spirit & driving force behind all of island6's works and art-forward exhibitions is collaboration.
六岛是由艺术家自发创立, 由志愿者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。