Work Description: “Land of Illusion” team is presenting their online performance and installation, Paradise of the Assassins, at ImageRadio 2008 new media festival held in Emergent Art Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands, October 30 – November 2, 2008. Performance, scheduled at November 2nd, 19:00 -22:00 CET, will be on view both in the exhibition and online in Second Life. Participants include new media artists Lily & Honglei, Ry Daniel Shanks, Bill Weaver and members of “Land of Illusion.”
Networked performance Paradise of the Assassins is a reflection on the traditional theme in Chinese folklore – assassinations of tyrants and authority, yet being interpreted with language of computer art. In the gallery, projection and computer workstation will allow viewers to interact with virtual encounters while
immersing in a fantasy landscape and storytelling. By controlling the avatar of Emperor Qin, in a online virtual space, viewers become confronting with performers taking forms of famous assassins from ancient China. This author/viewer relationship provokes rethinking of the individual identity in historical, social and cultural contexts.
Festival Outline: The festival is an experiment, critical reflection, and preview of how new media in public space impact our cultural, social and physical surroundings. The increase of display devices, data clouds, sensor networks, particularly in urban centers, provides a new medium. Public space becomes a playground in which dynamic and manipulative data influence our perception. Potential applications are shown in experimental installations. Theory, discussion and exchange on these topics are facilitated in the professional program and symposium.
Lily & Honglei (杨熙瑛, 李宏磊）, contemporary artist team from Beijing, currently base in Boston and New York City. Their creative projects emphasize on using digital imaging tools to reinterpret Chinese folklore themes. They also actively curate Internet-art and new media exhibitions for cultural exchanges between China and the United States. Lily & Honglei founded "Land of Illusion" platform dedicated to Second Life art, net-art and new media art in 2006.
In 2008 Lily & Honglei founded NY Arts New Media & Net-Art program affiliated with NY Arts Magazine.
In 2009, Lily & Honglei founded DSL Cyber MOCA for DSL Collection of Chinese contemporary arts.
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