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‘Chinese Take Out’: new AR project at Zero1 Biennial 2012

Concept & Visual Design: Lily & Honglei

3D modeling & Augmented Reality: John Craig Freeman

Collaborating with John Craig Freeman, Lily & Honglei’s new project Chinese Take Out will be premiered during ZERO1 Biennial Seeking Silicon Valley, in San Francisco CA, along with another AR work From Lewisburg, PA to Silicon Valley. 

With locations at the Presidio overlook of the Golden Gate; the Powell Street cable car turntable at Market Street; the Gates of San Francisco’s Chinatown at Bush Street and Grand Avenue; and the Caltrain Diridon Station in San Jose, “Chinese Take Out,” visualizes the gruesome reality that the Chinese government has been systematically harvesting organs from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners for profit.

“Chinese Take Out”, augmented reality public art, Presidio overlook, Golden Gate, San Francisco, 2012.

This inhuman practice was exposed in 2007 by David Matas and David Kilgour’s investigative report Bloody Harvest. However, this topic remains taboo among Chinese intellectuals, who fear persecution by the Party. While the country recently set new regulations prioritizing organ transplantation operation for domestic patients, foreign demand has driven the market initially and continuously. We therefore intent to arouse greater awareness within international community by visualizing the issue with art.

Chinese Take Out”, augmented reality public art, Powell Street Cable Car Turntable at Market Street, San Francisco, 2012.
Chinese Take Out”, augmented reality public art, Gates of San Francisco’s Chinatown at Bush Street and Grand Avenue, San Francisco, 2012

Chinese Take Out from lilyhonglei on Vimeo.

By Lily Honglei

Lily Honglei, artist collaborate from Beijing, is currently base in United States. Their creative projects integrate digital imaging technologies, such as Augmented Realty, Virtual Reality and digital animation, with traditional art mediums to comment on current global societies as well as the relationship between Asian cultural heritages and globalization. Their projects received awards and grants from Creative Capital, New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship and Fiscal Sponsorship, New York States Council on the Arts, Queens Art Council, among others.

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