"People Like Them Like People Like Me Looking At You" (他们和我一样在看着你)
"People Like Them Like People Like Me Looking At You"  by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
Are we the possessions of our own possessions? Lacan, as a young man on that French coast, felt watched by an empty sardine can floating on the water and would have said yes. So too would have Sartre, over a cigarette and a coffee, staring into the eyes of babes. Are you owned? Maybe not. Are you watched? In more ways than one, dear friend. But it’s not bad! It’s not bad. It’s the watching that gives you to you, that feeds the fire of choice and personality. If we weren’t watched, how would we spend our time? If we didn’t have parents to please or mouths to feed, we wouldn’t spend it any way in particular. We’d float like Lacan’s sardine can or graze like Sartre’s cow. And then what? And then nothing. In a world without watching, this question would be powerless, expectations would be pure imagination, and shame would be as toothless as in the Old Story. But we live in this world, where we are the possessions of our own possessions, where our smartphones literally and philosophically gaze, asking us what we are really doing here. It’s best if you just smile and take the goddamn selfie.
SOLD. Private collection, Shanghai.
Unique Edition, Shanghai 2019
RGB LED display, TFT display, CCD camera, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, Indonesian Merbau frame
120(W)×120(H)×6.5(D) cm // 44.5 kg
• 1×SLC SD Card
• 1×1/3" Sony SUPER HAD II CCD (HS1177) with OSD, 600TVL, 10 mm lens (INPUT DC5~22V)
• 6.4" TFT LCD display with LED backlight - TKUN JT064 (INPUT 12V 3A)
• 3×ELN-30-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.75A / OUTPUT 5V@5A)
• (6+1 spare)×RGB P4-1921-64X32-8S-S1 / SWP4190826XMJF-0238/7112
• 6.4" TFT LCD display with LED backlight - TKUN JT064
• 1×M120300P911 (INPUT 100~240VAC@1.2A / OUTPUT 12VDC@3A)
• 2×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
133(W)×133(H)×22(D) cm // 85.5 kg
Perimeters, Edges, and Walls” at island6 Shanghai Main Space
Owen 欧文 (painting) • Katrina Louy 卡萨琳娜 (performance) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (performance & production supervisor) • Carlin Reinig (blurb)

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