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We introduced you to fine artist Silvy Liu in the second instalment of The Shady Series. Liu uses the tools of design to educate both adults and children alike. This makes for a variety of engaging, interactive work that is stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining whilst maintaining an element of simplicity that is accessible to all.

Silvy Liu (2016) Final Exam

Silvy Liu (2016) Final Exam

My work with children informs me of how to create work intended for adult audiences and through this, I explore the possibilities for unlearning the ideologies created by the strictures of schooling and punishment. In a series of new experiments in which the audience interacts with unlearning tools that activate embodied thinking, they are confronted with the discomfort of cognitive reconfigurations, subconsciously revealing the frameworks of childhood and adulthood cemented by our memories of institutionalisation. This process, through amplifying and disabling movements, collecting and analysing primary data, aims to dissociate the negative connotations from the concept of childhood and reconstruct a process of learning separate from the tyranny of failure.
— Silvy Liu

One of the most interesting elements of Liu's work is that it inadvertently functions as a sociological measuring tool; from the moment the audience is faced with her work, their decisions paint a picture of human behaviour. That includes whether the choice to engage with the piece is made or not, in addition to how the work is interacted with.