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"Shanghaiing Istanbul" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Shanghaiing Istanbul" (掠夺伊斯坦布尔)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA GSM module, PC desktop, serial server, adobe flash interface, metal lettering
DATE 2013
SIZE Variable
WEIGHT Variable
CRATE SIZE -(W)×-(H)×-(D) cm | -(W)×-(H)×-(D) inches
EXPOSURE Contemporary Istanbul 2013

Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Margaret Johnson (production assistant) • Imre Balanli (production assistant) • Gaye Günay (production assistant) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor)


“Shanghai-ing Istanbul” is an interactive art installation created by the mad minds behind the Liu Dao art collective. Humorously playing off of the notion of being ‘Shanghaied’- a delightful euphemism for kidnapping- the artists have arranged a with haphazard calculation a working phone number on the wall resembling a ransom note. Upon calling the mysterious number, you are immediately hung up on as you receive a quick, ominous text response.
Perhaps you should check on your precious shih tzu’s whereabouts, are you sure he is safely sleeping at home? Oh… you thought that pretty lady was really interested in your seasoned art collection…I bet your pocket is feeling a little lighter than usual now, maybe you should check for your wallet. Left your drink out of sight on the table while you fastened your shoe? We’d advise you to pour another… You never know, one slip of the hand and you might just end up in Shanghai.
Serving as a friendly reminder from the kind Samaritans of Liu Dao - keep calm, keep your eyes open, never lose sight of your cocktail and whatever you do… Do Not call the police! [Margaret Johnson]

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