- By Sophie Arni
Stepping into the gallery halls of Island 6 was a thrilling experience. Island 6 is a digital enclave in the middle of Shanghai's M50 gallery district. It's actually one of the largest and most well-designed gallery spaces of the district. On view was the latest exhibition of the artist collective in residence and founders of the gallery: Liu Dao. This Shanghai-based collective deals primarily with digital art, and pushes public conception about what kind of visual experiences are possible thanks to LED lights, jpg collages, computer programming and a little magic. The subject matter they tackle with takes from Chinese porcelain history, to the fetishization of the oriental Chinese women in the colonial era, to the fast urban development of Shanghai.
I recommend all digital art fans to look at Island 6's work via their incredible website, which feels like a modern-day video games arena.