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"A Personal Revolution" by Liu Dao
TITLE "A Personal Revolution" (一个人的革命)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, stainless steel structure
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2009
SIZE 21×21×126 cm | 8.3×8.3×49.6 inches
EXPOSURE "Individual: New Art from Beyond Beijing"(Red Gate Gallery)
Art Central Art Fair 2015 with Bath Street Gallery
CREDITS Wu Yandan 吴艳丹 (performance) • Tom Lee Pettersen (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (production direction)

I twirl and I whirl, and I am one of many millions, doing my job and performing the right gestures. Every spin is perfectly executed, because like a cog in a giant machine, I cannot make a single misstep, or the entire mechanism grinds to a nasty halt. Does that make me the perfect automaton? Does blood flow through my veins, or do electronic diodes power my limbs? When I lift my arm in that flawless arc, is it muscle or circuitry that makes it look so beautiful? These thoughts follow my impeccable dance – left, right, up, down, hold your head up! Right foot forward, now left-turn – and suddenly I am tempted to leap down from my suffocating platform and run away screaming. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]


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