"Turn Me ON" (起动我)
"Turn Me ON" by island6 A
// BLURB //
Have you ever been afraid that you would "fry a squid" because you "touched a fish"? Well, if you are Chinese, maybe you have, but no dictionary would be able to translate your experience. It’s the same with colloquial expressions that are not meant to be literal in every language. Unfortunately, the Chinese language is based on the use of such words and expressions; hence it’s extremely difficult to learn. And I’m not even talking about the thousands of ‘chengyus,’ short sayings that often have a complex back story, but the slang words or internet language that is changing here faster than anywhere else. The most famous colloquial phrase is “losing face” that infiltrated English language as well, but you may want to know that planting strawberries means giving someone a hickey. To blow air into a cow is to boast. If it’s too hot, or for that matter too cold, you may just turn into a dog. So what would phrases such as “spill the beans” or “blow somebody away” mean, if one tried to translate them into Chinese? And what would you say in Chinese if you were turned on?
SOLD. Private Collection, Sydney.
Unique Edition, Shanghai 2017-2019
RGB LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙) on Plexiglas, paper collage, Corian & teak frame
102(W)×102(H)×5.5(D) cm // 29 kg
• SLC SD Card
• 1×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• 5×ELN-30-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.75A / OUTPUT 5V@5A)
• 10×RGB P5-2525-8S-HL1.0 / D180580​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
117(W)×117(H)×21(D) cm // 61.6 kg
 “Tales of the Girl with the Blue Wig” at island6 Main Space
Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (performance & production supervisor) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction, animation & technical guidance) • András Gál (blurb & documentation)
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