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"Pixel Pixie" by Liu Dao <Click to enlarge>
TITLE "Pixel Pixie" (小仙女)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LCD screen, GSM module, PC desktop, serial server, adobe flash interface
DATE 2011
SIZE Variable
EXPOSURE exhibited in "HK Art Fair 2011"
CREDITS Aima (performance) • Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (video) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Tony Argueta (post-production) • Pete Bradt (choreographer) • Clare Jacobson (production assistant) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

Pixel Pixie is an SMS-activated video narrative made for viewers at HK Art Fair 2011.
Presented within the confines of pages on an LCD screen, model Aima Hunon plays the mischievous pixie. Like in a true Classical myth, her actions and thoughts are left to the will of the gods, but, in this cutting-edge, comic book flavored version, the gods are played by the guests of HK Art Fair, who are invited to write their own narration with their mobile phones.
As the pixie lounges nymph-style to ponder, viewers can submit their own interpretations of her state of mind through SMS text messages. Whatever is typed and sent to the accompanying cell phone number appears in a thought-bubble above and remains for the next cycle of visitors to see, pairing the image with a context created by the global community of art lovers passing through Hong Kong. Multiple figures appear on successive pages to accompany new messages allowing many to be viewed at once and host dialog between individual observers
The interactive artwork takes Victorian intellectual Max Müller's theory that myths evolve out of limitations in language and relates it to the "70-character-culture" (Chinese language SMS text messages are limited to 70 characters) of today. The world sends hundreds of billions (and by some estimates, trillions) of SMS text messages per year, often choosing input efficiency over elaboration, and these commonly adopted abbreviations and symbols can currently be transmitted and universally appreciated with almost folkloric recognition.
"Pixel Pixie" also derives meaning from work by E .B. Tylor, a contemporary scholar of Müller who introduced the concept of "survivals", which aimed to explain similarities in present-day and ancient customs through cultural evolution. These "survivals" are essentially the Victorian version of modern memes, the viral and ephemeral information that flies through millions of computers and smartphones in a day, before refracting, dispersing, and giving birth to something new further on in time. "Pixel Pixie" subsists on memes in the form of text messages -quantifiable units of information passed from one location to the next- but also becomes a meme, itself, in the model of modern "internet memes", exposing cultural jokes and observations made about contemporary society, and even more intriguingly, about the art-ecosystem of HK Art Fair.
Many internet memes, including "lolcatz" and "Courage Wolf", like "Pixel Pixie", are based in the familiar graphic style of comic books with eye catching images and bold text. Inviting internet users to create their own captions and explanations, these memes make the viewer the author and, like the mythologies of antiquity and comics of the modern age, help to subtly transmit social values and trends through relatable humor. In a time when audiences expect to influence as much as they are influenced, everyone becomes a storyteller and art like "Pixel Pixie" serves as a blank page on which they may write. Thus, the daily environment and surrounding artworks of the HK Art Fair will manifest through impressions left on the piece by the participating crowd.
Alongside these notions, "Pixel Pixie" brings participants right back to the beginnings of culture and animism, when objects and natural phenomenon were perceived to have humanlike souls. The pixie onscreen is simply information on a computer chip, not alive, yet she has the behavior of model Aima and the thoughts of the viewers embedded into her being. When we begin to project psychological states onto the image, we are reminded that, biologically, we're no different from humans at the beginning of civilization. [Brittney O'Neill & Pete Bradt]

在LCD屏幕显示的页面中,模特Aima Hunon正扮演着淘气的小仙女。如同真正的古典神话一样,她的一举一动、一言一思都遵循神的旨意。但是,在这一漫画风味浓厚的高科技版本中,神就是香港艺术博览会的在场观众,他们可以用手机抒写神的手谕。
很多网络文化包括"囧"和"Courage Wolf",就如"小仙女"一样,是依据人们耳熟能详的漫画形象和文字创造而来的。通过邀请网络用户赋予注解,使观众成了作者,而这些文化信息也成了当代神话,通过幽默形式帮助传播社会价值取向。在当今这个观众期待着更多话语权的时代,每个人都是一个说书人,在"小仙女"这样的空白页面上书写自己的感触。因此,香港艺术博览会的日常环境和周边艺术作品将通过观众的参与而得到展现。

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