island6六岛 (pinyin: Liùdǎo) is a Shanghai-based art collective of tech-geeks and creative talents.
The collective produces cutting edge art that constantly contemplates the future of Asia, engages sights and scenes from old and new China and elevates the skills of new talents by working from a communal forum.
Since Liu Dao's beginning, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, new media artists, software and digital imaging artists, dancers, writers, engineers, guest artists and curators have worked together to produce original, intriguing shows.
The island6 art collective has appeared in acclaimed art fairs around the world, including Art Paris, Slick Paris, the Hong Kong Art Fair, SHContemporary, Scope New York, Miami & Basel, Art Asia Miami, Los Angeles Art Show, Art Stage Singapore, Art Dubai, Istanbul Contemporary, KIAF Seoul, and many more…
Special invitations for solo and group shows include Louis Vuitton Cultural Space in Taipei and Macao, Chivas Collection and Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, Opposite House and Green T. House in Beijing, Chongqing Museum of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington D.C. and Art Seasons Singapore.
In recent years, Liu Dao has also forged partnerships with acclaimed galleries in China and around the world. Apart from long-time partners Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, and former Studio Rouge in Shanghai, Liu Dao is also represented by Art Seasons Gallery in Singapore , Gallery Etemad in Dubai and Tally Beck Contemporary in Bangkok and New York. In 2013, Liu Dao also established exciting new collaborations with Bath Street Gallery of Auckland, NZ and Conny Dietzschold Gallery in Sydney, Australia.
Liu Dao is exclusively represented in Hong Kong at island6’s second space in the art district of Sheung Wan.
In the Fall of 2013, Liu Dao welcomed two new members to their Shanghai family, a second space in the m50 compound - island6 ShGarden- as well as island6 Bund on the historic Shanghai Bund riverfront.
In March of 2014, the Collective welcomed its newest member to the family, island6 Marina, located in the Royal Phuket Marina in Thailand.
Philosophy: Liu Dao works on a collaborative platform in making multimedia and interactive artwork, while utilizing the skills of videographers, photographers, curators, choreographers, and writers. The digital artworks also use post-production editors, such as After Effects experts or sound designers. Each artwork and exhibition has a cast with credits for people of different skills.
Production Process: All the work exhibited is made on site and specifically for the theme of a show. The collective works on a flexible open platform between multiple collaborators. After curators conceptualize a theme, the artists create pieces specific to the theme of the exhibition. Through this close collaborative process there is an ongoing dialogue between curator, art director and artist.
People: The island6 team consists of artists, art directors, curators and guest curators as well as a technical team. When the collective is not making art, each individual helps in running the exhibition space.
The collective regularly invites performers and guest curators to come onboard for individual artworks or themed shows. The collective has ranged from 6 to 22 people since its inception in 2006.