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VRAV – Art Collections and Metaverse

https://www.theverge.com/22423359/art-collectors-metaverse-dslcollection

…With his old Second Life collaborators Lily and Honglei, Levy is now working on an ambitious VR project to re-create the East Village, where several of Dslcollection’s artists honed their craft. Lily and Honglei considered several platforms for the VR Art Village: VRchat, Sinespace, and Second Life / Linden Lab’s Sansar, eventually going with Sansar for its capability to host several hundred people at the same time.

A short clip of the project shows a semi-armored virtual avatar jogging around a rural village on a cloudy evening. An abandoned cement factory looms large in the background. Players will be able to take part in events, watch live performances, and meet artists in the space. There’s even a transport system to get around. There will be artists’ workshops and storefronts — a barbershop and a bookstore — and a countryside school that houses a cinema, stemming from Lily and Honglei’s memories of growing up in Beijing.

Beyond bringing the fine art world into one small corner of the metaverse, the VR Art Village is also a living homage to one of the significant periods in Chinese contemporary art history, of which little historical material survived. “To everyone’s surprise, systemic documentation about 1980s and 1990s society in China is surprisingly scarce and scattered, you just can’t find things,” says Lily. Born from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, the East Village was a short-lived haven for political discourse through art in a particularly volatile era. “I think if we can provide the social context for the Dslcollection, that will be something special,” Lily says. “When you look at artwork in museums and galleries, they’ve somehow lost context with the society and environment which produced or influenced those artworks.”

The designers are also opening up the village to the Grand Palais, which will have a sculpture garden for their collection. The ultimate plan is to keep adding more spaces and connect them together, and Lily eventually hopes to include the art community in New York. “This platform is a bit like the game of Fortnite,” says Levy. “I think this will be the next level, and we will release this platform by the end of the year.” Lily estimates that the village is about 70 percent complete; they’re just waiting for the art to arrive.

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VR Art Village

Walking through VR Art Village (in progress)

Our Missions

Create a place artists may live, create, present their work and meet each other – through virtual reality and the Internet. Explore new artistic expressions on Social VR platforms.

Construct a space where art institutions can present their programs and reach new audiences worldwide by utilizing the social VR platform.

Offer immersive experiences to art lovers from any cultures; promote cultural exchange through art. Explore social VR’s potential as ‘3D websites’ serving cultural purposes. 

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VR Art Village virtual environment, created by Lily Honglei art studio, 2021.
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VR Art Village partners with RMN-Grand Palais museum, France, 2021.
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Zhang Huan performance art gallery

Find more info about VR Art Village at

https://lilyhonglei.net/vr-art-village/

For any inquiries, email us at new-media-art@lilyhonglei.com

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“SHADOW PLAY” Available on Artsy

Thanks to the efforts of Breezy Art Gallery and its founder Eleonora Brizi, the exhibition “Renaissance 2020” is viewable on Artsy along with artworks presented in the successful show held at Museum San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome, October 2020. We are thankful to the gallery and curator who was determined to launch the exhibition despite the pandemic that posed many difficulties and potential risks. Please find these refreshing, innovative artworks at Breezy Art:

https://www.artsy.net/breezy-art/artist/lily-honglei

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Remediating Collective Memory or Just a Moving Image: Augmented Reality in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

View at Medium.com

by Rachel Seah

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Figure 1: Lily Honglei Art Studio, Visualization of Butterfly Lovers augmented reality at Times Square, NYC, 2011.

Within the arts industry in China, artist collective Lily Honglei Art Studio whose primary use of VR and AR in their works presents a unique convergence of western and non-western visual traditions, as such have exhibited globally, extensively and sits as associate members of Manifest.AR. In 2011 as part of Manifest.AR, they created a series of Augmented Reality (AR) art projects concerning Chinese cultural identity, as well as social issues in this Global Era. With such a good stronghold in VR and AR technology embodied in art represented by Chinese nationals, it inadvertently places Asia on the map as strong competitors in the field of technology compared to other western countries.

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Digital concert ‘2020 Vision’ Premier

Lily Honglei Art Studio’s collaboration with Long Island City based classic group Astoria Music Project

Inspired by Astoria Music Project’s recording Capriccio (Cecile Chaminade), Lily Honglei created this new video art piece by reconstructing her earlier works. The characters, emerging in traditional Chinese opera customs, roam through empty Times Square, desolate shopping center and subway rail in New York City. The female falls into the dream realm and ascends to the azure of the sky above the metropolis, while the male character, carrying two toddlers with a shoulder pole, appears walking into the air through a bridge formed by kind-hearted magpies… when the music turns more vibrant, the characters are back to Times Square with fireworks bursting out and coalescing into the flow of vivid color and patterns embodying revivals.

Capriccio is the fruit of collaboration between Lily Honglei and Astoria Music Production in New York City during the 2020 pandemic. Comprised of a series of oil paintings on paper, the animated film starts from visualizing the rootlessness of Asian diaspora and new immigrants’ cultural dilemma, envisioning transitions in life, resilience and hope manifested by both individual and collective conscience of a highly diverse metropolitan community.

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Capriccio – New Video Art Inspired by Classic Music

Inspired by Astoria Music Production’s recording Capriccio (Cecile Chaminade), Lily Honglei created this new video art piece by reconstructing her earlier works. The characters, emerging in traditional Chinese opera customs, roam through empty Times Square, a desolate shopping center and subway rail in New York City. The female falls into the dream realm and ascends to the azure of the sky above the metropolis, while the male character, carrying two toddlers with a shoulder pole, appears walking into the air through a bridge formed by kind-hearted magpies… when the music turns more vibrant, the characters are back to Times Square with fireworks bursting out and coalescing into the flow of vivid color and patterns embodying revivals.

Composed of a series of oil paintings on paper, the animated film starts from visualizing the rootlessness of Asian diaspora and new immigrants’ cultural dilemma, then morphs into envisioning transitions in life, resilience and hope manifested by both individual and collective conscience of a highly diversified metropolitan community. Capriccio is the fruit of collaboration between Lily Honglei and Astoria Music Production in New York City during the 2020 pandemic.

© LILY HONGLEI 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Lily Honglei’s Video Art Featured in NewMediaFest 2020

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Lily Honglei @ SIGGRAPH Asia 2020, South Korea

Lily Honglei’s media art projects will be featured by Art Gallery, SIGGRAPHY Asia 2020 in December, 2020

Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization

https://sa2020.siggraph.org/en/attend/art-gallery/session_slot/230/2

The Sinking Garden

https://sa2020.siggraph.org/en/attend/art-gallery/session_slot/225/2