“Wall & City “- collaboration of Lily & Honglei, Ry Daniel Shanks
Exhibition @ Monash University, Australia
Exhibition Description: The exhibition is sponsored by Chinese Studies Program at Monash University Australia. Exhibits include Lily & Honglei’s experimental videos: The Fourth Cry of the Monkey, A Dream of Red Chambers, Forbidden City; paintings composing animation “The Fourth Cry”; digital images extracted from new performance/machinima Wall & City.
Work Description: Wall & City is a machinima directed and edited by Lily & Honglei, performed by Ry Daniel Shanks and Lily Yang. The film contains three main scenes, Grand View Garden in eastern section where Yu Huan played her famous “drunk dance”, Great Wall in western section where Bao Si was entertained by the ultimate chaos in the history of China, and Underwater City that swallowed Xi Shi’s youth and beauty and left her lonely soul wandering around in the submerged city. “Fundamentally, the film reflects the concept of the directional symbolism, namely, related architectural structures are built upon ancient Chinese correlative cosmology, which teaches that the movement of the universe follows the ceaseless transformation of yin and yang forces and the five phases (wood, fire, metal, water and earth): life starts from the east (which corresponds to the element of wood, spring, rising yang, etc.) and ends in the west which corresponds to the element of metal, autumn, rising yin, etc. “ Lily states, “and this theory, for me, is not about belief, but seeking for order from chaos, eternity from confusion, or the antipathy of certian existing social structures …”
Works on View:
SL machinima excerpt:
Online Exhibition Location: Exhibition Hall at Chinese College, Monash University (SL)
Schedule: Friday, Nov.14 (USA/UK), Saturday, Nov. 15 (AU), 2008, 4-5PST (or Second Life Time)