Lunar New Year in “Land of Illusion”
Location: Monument ’08 in “Land of Illusion” SLURL
Exhibition Dates: Jan.25 (Chinese New Year Eve) – Feb.26, 2009 (end of first month on Lunar Calender)
[Event/exhibition video documentation will be presented in”Art Beijing” Contemporary Art Fair 2009, April 26th to 30th, 2009 in the Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing]
Opening: 8PM EST or 5PM SLT Jan.30, 2009, reception with live dance performance Winter Blossom by Story House group.
Monument ’08: Lily & Honglei, the new media artist team from Beijing, invites you to experience a unique installation exhibition in Second Life – “Monument ’08,” during the first month of Chinese Ox year.
Monument ’08 is designed as a visual meditation upon the past and the new year.
Using link provided, audience will find themselves immediately standing inside a giant ancient China’s chariot on the Great Fire Wall, and facing an endless long ladder leading to the heaven. Here, the symbolism is obvious: a Confucius’ chariot implies striving in society and hoping to change the world with their idealistic principles, and persistently follow the footprint of Confucius who “knows the impracticable nature of the time, and yet will be doing them.” The ladder in folk culture usually symbolizes high social status. Audiences are suggested to start from the chariot to “climb up – but be careful! ” one may fall from the clouds down to the ground any second!
But not too bad – audience might land down around an underwater “Crystal Palace,” another part of this virtual installation consisting of relics of a heritage site mimicing the Three Georges Dams area, with scattered paintings and digitized Chinese cutting paper, that allow visitors to take copies with them as a “souvenir.” Or, they might land on the other site in “Land of Illusion,” a Chinese court yard and garden indicating the correlative cosmology, and inviting you to access your inner garden.