The Ballad of Xiu Ying


Xiu Ying once waltzed through these gates on her padded little slippers, slinking past guards and adoring courtiers without granting them a look into her deep, black eyes. She was a favored Guìfēi 貴妃, one of only two noble consorts in the imperial harem. Xiu Ying did not know much of politics when she was first brought to the Zǐjinchéng紫禁城, but she used her shapely ears for more than just listening to music, and soon she could follow the most intricate of political concertos.  Evenings saw Xiu Ying whispering tinkling melodies of plans for urban development and food distribution, and hers was a cherished voice. She smiled to think of what her beauty had done for the world, and she was content. One night, her cantatas of guidance caught the ears of the emperor’s advisors, and they decided to silence the perceptive songbird. Xiu Ying was plucked from her gilded cage and thrown into the moat, broken and forever quieted. It is said that the ghost of Xiu Ying can still be seen taking care of her beloved home. Phantom voices cannot sway politics, but she finds other ways to maintain the symphony that she helped to build.

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The spirit and purpose behind all Liu Dao artworks, literary contributions, and exhibitions is collaboration. The group places emphasis on interaction in order to engage artists, curators and technicians in the process of creating and experiencing art focusing on collective rather than individual values, with the direct aim of benefiting a young Chinese contemporary art scene promotionally and creatively.
An appealing comparison is to the film industry: the island6 gallery acts as the producer for the artists (actors), curators (film directors), while utilising the skills of cameramen, set designers, choreographers, scenographers, and writers. The digital artworks produced by island6 also use postproduction editors, such as Affect Effect experts or sound designers. Each artwork and exhibition has a cast with credits for people of different skills.


Unique Edition, 2014

Media: RGB LED display, Giclée print face-mounted on plexiglass, stainless steel frame

Size: 79(W)×31.5(H)×3.5(D) inches

Tech Specs:

• 4×ELN-30-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.75A / OUTPUT 5V@5A)
(6+1 spare)×RGB PH5-RGBV1-16S-S3528-DQ

112 lb (unpacked)


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only USA – 4 to 6 weeks

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