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"Biomimicry" by Liu Dao <Click to enlarge>
TITLE "Pay Phone" (公用电话)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LCD screen, GSM module, PC desktop, serial server, adobe flash interface
EDITION Original version was commissioned by Lee Jeans. Artist proofs are available
DATE 2011
SIZE Variable
EXPOSURE exhibited in HK Art Fair 2011 and SHContemporary 2011
CREDITS Ayunga 阿云嘎, QianCheng 钱乘, ShiChenyi时晨依 and ZhangYang 张扬 (performance) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Tony Argueta (video & editing) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination) • Adam Sinykin (sound design) • Clare Jacobson (choreography assistant) • Pete Bradt (choreography assistant)

As China’s consumer middle class explodes, so too does the demand for foreign brands. This video artwork was commissioned by Lee Jeans for a China-wide advertising campaign. Companies like Lee have only recently entered the Chinese market and are employing fresh and innovative methods to attract their youthful clientele. This artwork depicts four artistic young people: a painter, a photographer, a musician, and a man doing talented bike tricks. Each is displayed alone on the screen but when a viewer calls the number listed, the character answers, disappears into the phone, and then is replaced by another figure. This artwork, in many iterations, is displayed in malls all over China, moving to new places every few weeks. Every day thousands of people interact with the piece and become, for an instant, a part of the campaign as they connect with the characters. Each call creates new existences for the characters, making each viewer an integral part of the ongoing art experience. [Pete Bradt]

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