"On Top Of The World, Under The Tip Of My Feet" (世界在我脚下)
"On Top Of The World, Under The Tip Of My Feet" by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
The best is like water. The goodness of water consists in its being beneficial to the ten thousand things, and in that it, when there is contention, takes the place that the mass of people detest – Dao De Jing chapter 8 (tr. Hans-Georg Moeller).
Nothing gets the juices flowing like a good competition. The will to win, to be better than those who came before pushes some of us to the edge—sometimes quite literally. Tightrope walking is not often thought of as competitive, but its history is steeped in the unforgiving glow of one-upmanship. In the mid-19th century, the Great Blondin was the first to walk a rope over Niagara Falls, during which crossing he stopped, sat on the rope, and drank a beer (maybe to take the edge off?). Chinese tightrope walker Adili Wuxor spent 60 days living in a rope-cabin 60 meters above the earth atop the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Bejing— where he racked up a total of 198 hours in a single walk. His juices were certainly flowing. Are yours? Don’t answer that! Because it’s not just tightropes that have this effect. The call to greatness eats us all—from chefs to construction workers, Swiss billionaires to homeless New Yorkers. There’s a balance.
SOLD. Private Collection, Miami.
Unique Edition, Shanghai 2020
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, Indonesian Merbau wood frame
120(W)×120(H)×5.5(D) cm // 46 kg
• 1×SLC SD Card
• 5×MWLPV-60-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@1.2A / OUTPUT 5V@8A)
• 1×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• (12+1 spare)×RGB P5-2525(RGB20)-64X32-8S-M1 / D190483
135(W)×135(H)×21(D) cm // 86.5 kg
Perimeters, Edges, and Walls” at island6 Shanghai Main Space
Gao Lei 高磊 (painting) • Zoé Charvériat-Young 杨素儿 (performance) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Carlin Reinig (blurb)
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