Since 2006
Works in Shanghai China

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.
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“Broken Bones & Bruises: An Occasional Mess of Moving Parts”

Sat Apr 04, 2015 18:00 - Thu Jun 18, 2015

Broken Bones & Bruises:
An Occasional Mess of Moving Parts

The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

We are all a hell of a lot more fragile than we like to think. Just try to recall the last time you hurt yourself. What were you doing? What happened? Did it have a serious impact on your day? Your week? The rest of your life? Did it make you change some fundamental part of how you go about your day or what you keep an eye out for? It’s a miracle that humans live as long as we do, what with the falling down, and soda consumption, and bar fights, and weekend Netflix binge sessions that we flaunt in the face of health. The human body is a freakishly amazing structure that constantly has to fight off our own stupidity to maintain homeostasis.
Bones aren’t easy to break, but that doesn’t stop us from obliterating them on an alarmingly frequent basis. The average person will have two fractures during their lifetime.1 This would be a good time to dispel the myth that a broken bone heals stronger than it originally was. Bone density increases with use and, conversely, decreases during prolonged periods of inactivity. This is known as Wolff’s Law and it’s the reason astronauts have dramatically decreased bone density after spending long periods of time in space. Nobody ever mentions that little perk when they encourage childhood dreams of space exploration. Wolff’s Law is also the reason tennis players and baseball pitchers have greater density in their dominant arm. Imagine your arm breaks. It’s put in a cast and you’re sent off to recover. As the bone heals the body devotes an awful lot of resources to the troubled area and calcium is constantly being deposited. As this is happening, you aren’t using your arm as much as you normally would so the rest of the bone’s density is decreasing. For a brief period it is possible that the fully healed site of the break is stronger than the rest of the arm and this is likely the root of the often-used line “it will heal stronger.” Ah, humans and their eternal optimism.

Of the 206 bones in the human body, the most commonly broken bone is the ankle.2 Its role (no pun intended) as a supporting hinge for almost all of the body’s weight puts it in a particularly vulnerable position, especially when you decide to run or play sports. And even more especially when you consider obesity rates in developed countries. After the ankle, the most common bones broken are: collarbone, arm, wrist and hip. After that it’s pretty much a crapshoot of freak accidents, loss of balance, and oh shits. All you can do is watch your step and hope that everything clicks in place. Even then, our bodies are subject to twists of fate and extremely unlucky accidents. Consider Californian construction worker Ron Hunt, who in 2003 fell off a ladder face first into a goddamn 18-inch drill bit.3 Doctors were understandably confused about how to save Hunt, who survived the fall. Hours and hours of complex surgery eventually allowed the doctors to remove the drill piece by piece. JUST KIDDING. They unfuckingscrewed that 18-inch drill bit from his head like his skull was an old piece of floorboard. No one deserves to whine about a paper cut after hearing about something like that.

Things all in all could be worse for us today. We take for granted that in most developed places on the planet we can simply go to a hospital and have ourselves patched up within a couple of hours, or have a drill unscrewed through our face. Human history however, is racked with horror stories stemming from medical malpractice and misinformation. Doctors used to believe the cure for common illnesses was bloodletting. This horribly ineffective practice was used for almost 2,000 years, right up until the late 19th century. Veins were punctured and ill “humors” were released as blood dripped into bowls or into the mouths of hungry leeches. Leeches were so popular that they were allegedly imported by the millions to France and England in the early 19th century. Thankfully we slap Band-Aids on cuts instead of bloodthirsty worms nowadays.

In the 1500s, a broken bone was something that only a “bone-setter” could heal.4 This profession was seen as almost an art form, as the bone-setter would run his hands along the bone to locate the break by touch and determine the best way to set it and begin healing. Early medicine was no joke. Archaeological evidence from Siberia shows that ancient nomads of the region performed major skull surgery around 2,300-2,500 years ago. Skulls from the Altai Mountains show that individuals survived procedures that involved scraping the skull with a bronze tool.5 In Chengdu, China bamboo slips dating from the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC – 9 AD) are purported to have been written by successors of Bian Que.6 Legend has it that Bian Que performed the first organ transplant when he exchanged the hearts of two men to rebalance their energies. Now we just chug a beer or head to an over-priced yoga class to do that.

Bruises are another of the fascinating processes that the body undertakes to heal itself. Like a soft rotten spot on a piece of fruit, a bruise lets you know that something is amiss. A bruise, also known as a contusion, is caused by blood leaking from damaged blood vessels and, obviously, the harder the impact the more bruised because the more vessels are damaged. Correlatively, bruising often gets worse with age due to the deterioration of blood vessels. A firm punch to the arm of an 18 year old and an 80 year old will often produce a drastically difficult result. But let’s hope you aren’t going around punching octogenarians on the regular.

The body is an amazing blob of moving parts, and we sure know how to make a mess of it on occasion. The ways a person could injure, maim, or kill themselves are literally infinite. If anything proves that point it’s a simple Google search of freak accidents or injuries. Although it’s not a particularly pleasant category to wade through, it certainly confirms the sadistic and profoundly unlucky diversity in our fate. We sling arms over lovers and legs across crosswalks every day without considering what’s moving and jouncing along underneath our skin. We’re bags of glass who get by on pain pills and bikini waxes without thinking too much about the corporeal unit that contains a soul or whatever you want to call whatever you are. Look at you. Beautiful, broken, lucky, curious, freakish, greasy tower of bones.

DATES: From April 4th to June 18th, 2015
VERNISSAGE: Saturday, April 4th, from 7:00 - 10:00 pm
CURATION: Ryan Nimmo & Kathleen McCampbell
ART DIRECTION: Thomas Charvériat, Anto Lau
SCENOGRAPHY: Jean Le Guyader
SOUND SCORE: David Poppell (Long MP3/FLAC)
VIDEO Video Documentation by Irmantas Bortnikas & Anto Lau
RESEARCH : Fred Farrow, Jiang Linping 江琳萍, Lin Zang 臧琳, Chris Warnock
ART RESEARCH: Jin Yun 金云, Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师
COORDINATION: Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁, Adam Hsieh 谢昕
VENUE: island6 ShGarden, 50 Moganshan Road, building #7, G/F, Shanghai
ARTISTS: island6 art collective (Liu Dao 六岛)

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Shanghai Drift at island6 ShGarden

Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:00 - Thu Dec 24, 2015

Shanghai, China

Who knows Shanghai better than those old salt-dogs? Those seasoned vets of the cooking-oil slicked streets that bubble and burst day and night with life and neon lights? They move slow and keep quiet but they’ve seen an evolution most people take for granted. From village-town to booming international powerhouse, what a time to have been alive in Shanghai. So, what’s their story? What do they think about when they stroll around the streets they’ve strolled for decades? “Shanghai Drift” is a visual ode to the olds, a glimpse of the glimpses they’ve had amidst one of the biggest cities on the planet.

Exhibition Date: October 30th to December 24th, 2015
Vernissage: Friday, October 30th. 6:00-10:00pm
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"Mercedes with Benefits" Art Exhibition at island6 Shanghai

Sat May 23, 2015 11:00 - Fri Jul 10, 2015

Shanghai, China

Liu Dao offers up its quirky (and very well-informed) take on the connection between cars and sex. What are the unwritten rules of this big speeding game of cat and mouse? Is it possible to write them down? What differences exist between China and the western-world when it comes to the steamy alter of the backseat? All this and more is offered up in a lust-fueled visual drive-by.

The show opened up with a vernissage on 23rd May, will continue until 10th July.

island6 flagship gallery Shanghai
50 Moganshan Lu, bld 6, 2F
Shanghai 200060, P.R.C
(near Changhua Lu and Xi Suzhou Lu, behind Aomen Lu)
Chinese Address: 六 岛, 莫干山路50号6号楼2楼 (近昌化路和西苏州路)


"Between Red Queens" at island6 Shanghai Bund

Fri May 08, 2015 11:30 - Wed Jul 08, 2015

Shanghai, China

In their latest exploration of environment, Liu Dao questions mankind's conscious push to out-evolve the competition. This multimedia meditation on a dynamic evolutionary model, The Red Queen Hypothesis, dives into just what makes us tick, and the lengths we'll go to outrun the clock.

Friday, the 8th of May, from 7:00 to 10:00pm
(Show will continue to 8th July)

island6 Bund
17 Fuzhou Lu, G/F (near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu)
Shanghai 200002, P.R.C
Chinese Address: 黄浦区福 州路17号 (近中山东一路)


Broken Bones & Bruises at island6 ShGarden

Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:00 - Thu Jun 18, 2015

Shanghai, China

Sinew, spit, sensations, and slips - just how do we keep our bodies together with everything we put them through? Liu Dao has explored the mind, and it's high time they turned their LED eyes to the bodies that execute all the lewd, lustful, and lovely things our brains persuade us to do.