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"Machine Dreams" at island6 ShGarden

Machine Dreams

We sat down with some of planet earth’s most prominent machines and digital characters to ask the hard-hitting questions. We wanted to know what makes them tick, what they think about and where they’re going.

Q - How did becoming famous affect you?
Donkey Kong: All I’ve ever wanted to do in this world was to keep the princess by my side and destroy anyone who tries taking her away… especially that little Italian cock-sucker who keeps having a go at me. Once I became famous I started thinking more in terms of, like, hey, there are other women out there. Suddenly I realized that the prison for the princess was, in many ways, a high-walled prison for myself.
Pac-Man: I thought once I became a famous figure and pop cultural icon that my incessant need to consume little beans would sort of fade away, that I’d have time for other things in my life… good golly was I wrong about that. The more popular I became, the more beans I needed. There were days when I easily ate several million of them. With an increased need for those delectable little beans though, came increased risk. I suddenly found myself roaming to further and more dangerous places than I ever imagined I’d have to.
A tattoo gun: I’m suddenly in a lot of really odd places doing an absorbent amount of really bad work. It’s nice to feel needed, but also a bit embarrassing if I’m being honest. I mean how many lower-back butterflies am I really going to have to do before I’m worn down to nothing?
Mario: It was great but it was like wow, ya know, everybody knows me now, that’s it. I can’t take a stroll downa tha block without someone sayin “It’s meeeee.” It gets old fasta, ya know? I thinka tha fame is overrated, ah?
Xerox Machine: I feel so much more used than I ever remember feeling before. I’m also the target for a pretty unnecessary amount of anger and frustration, I mean why kick me just because you can’t put a god damned cartridge in correctly? And also suddenly I’m getting more ass than ever before.
Smartphone: I began being touched a lot more. Swiped, dragged, pressed and wiped. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like to be held and to feel important… but there’s a limit to what I’m comfortable with.
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"Machine Dreams" at island6 ShGarden
“Machine Dreams”
island6 ShGarden, Shanghai
DATES From May 26th to July 23rd, 2016
VERNISSAGE Thursday, May 26th, 2016 from 7:00-10:00 pm (by invitation-only event, please fill this FORM to be added to the guestlist)
ART DIRECTION Thomas Charvériat
ART RESEARCH Jin Yun 金云, Song Jinxuan 宋堇萱, Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师, Ryan Nimmo, Charlie Caplan, Michael Sedbon
COORDINATION Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁, Ellie Zhang 张莹
SOUND SCORE Mychaelangelo Norkus(Long MP3/WAV)
VIDEO Video Documentation by Michael Sedbon // soundtrack by Mychaelangelo Norkus
VENUE island6 ShGarden, 50 Moganshan Road, building #7, G/F (#109), Shanghai
ARTISTS island6 art collective (Liu Dao 六岛)
Drink SPONSOR Jameson Irish Whiskey
FOOD SPONSOR Strictly Cookies

We all have dreams, hopes and aspirations. Some good, some bad, some unspeakable. Often times though, it is the dreams of the most unlikely dreamers among us that are the most deserving of attention: the machines that do our daily bidding. From our washing machines to our digital icons and avatars, Machine Dreams explores the quiet hopes of the hopeless, with a little bit of insight from the sources themselves. (read more >>>)

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