Wall & City – Virtual World Art Exhibtion @ Monash Univeristy

“Wall & City “- collaboration of Lily & Honglei, Ry Daniel Shanks

Exhibition @ Monash University, Australia

Wall & City

Poster: Wall & City exhibition @ monash university

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. [1]“ 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:

Legend of Xi Shi - work on view in Exhibition @ Monash Univ.
Legend of Xi Shi - work on view in Exhibition Wall & City

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Story of Bao Si
Story of Bao Si - work on view in Exhibition Wall & City

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Story of Yu Huan Yang - work on view in Exhibition @ Monash Univ.
Story of Yu Huan Yang - work on view in Exhibition @ Monash Univ.

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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)

play fire-cracker for opening at Monash Univ.

play fire-cracker for opening at Monash Univ.

visitors at Wall & City exhibition

visitors at Wall & City exhibition

Published by Lily & Honglei (杨熙瑛, 李宏磊)

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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