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"Land of Illusion" Machinima

Land of Illusion net-art platform

Land of Illusion, a platform dedicated to Internet-based art, is founded by new media artist team from Beijing, Lily & Honglei, in 2006. Since being launched in Second Life, the multi-user-virtual-environment,  in 2007, a series of virtual installations, online performances and forums have been created in “Land of Illusion.” By collaborating with artists,  educators and scholars from all over the world, many new media art projects have been innovatively developed to reflect on cultural values and issues.

Chinese contemporary artist Honglei Li


We seek dialogue with institutions and individuals to improve cross-cultural communications, arouse environmental and social awareness through art on the Internet, more importantly, support new media artists making contributions to humanity.  Visit Land of Illusion in Second Life now.

Virtual Construction and Implications
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Land of Illusion, the large-scaled virtual installation in Second Life includes three major constructions, namely eastern section Grand View Garden (figure 1), western section Great Firewall (figure 2), and underground section Crystal Palace (figure 3). It interprets themes in Chinese history and folk tales by deploying animation, sound, digital video components and interaction online, and is designed to challenge the existing artistic approaches, also explore new ways of communication in an increasingly globalized world.

The net-art project is evident that the overseas real-time collaboration of artists become more efficient, and the author/reader interactivity can achieve a new level through online channels. As the definition of “public space” keeps altering and expanding in the Internet era, artists need to adopt new tools in order to re-examine the relationship between individual and society. In cyberspace, artists find their visions of history, the inner lives characterized by cultural experiences, finally become globally approachable and shareable. The project also reflects on a cultural position “in-between”, and intentionally blurs the boundaries between art and research, creativity and cultural studies. Land of Illusion, the platform launched in Second Life in 2006, has developed a wide variety of themes rooted in eastern folklore in forms of virtual world happening and video installation.

Grand View Garden in "Land of Illusion"
(figure 1) Eastern Section:Grand View Garden

“… basically, I’ve got bored by the physical reality, the so-called ‘real world’ in which individuality is dying. … with Land of Illusion, I’m able to live with my dream and actually share it with others. Because the characters in folk tales have been living in my imagination or dream since childhood, they naturally become part of my identity in forms of avatars in the virtual world. For me, creating a virtual world is a procedure reflecting on the cultural and personal experiences as well..”

“… here, I can live any life of the character in tales told hundred times by elders around me, live in the landscapes created by ancient Chinese masters with genuine admiration of nature…”

Underwater City

“… here, we live, dream and question

… What did we loss and why…”

– Lily Jun in SL

Net-art & Cultural Studies
Originally, the Web-based art project “Land of Illusion” is dedicated to the study of Chinese folklore’s influences and implications in the globalized world as well as within the Internet culture. In contrast to the existing research and presentation solutions, artistic approaches, especially those involving digital multimedia and Web-applications, have been used to disseminate messages. With this collaborative art experiment, we aim to enhance the understanding of the relation of cultural heritage and contemporary societies.

Our team members have devoted to the creation of “Land of Illusion” since 2006. In order to achieve communications globally, we launched the project on Second Life as a Multi-user-virtual-environment at the beginning of 2007. Since then the collaborations with scholars and artists have been taking place. Indeed, “Land of Illusion,” the platform designed for meditating, reflecting on historical and contemporary cultural phenomena, is intended to induce more dialogues and studies to uncover the profoundness of eastern folklore.


Land of Illusion Team

The realization of “Land of Illusion”is made possible by the collaborations of a group of dedicated contemporary artists and thinkers.

Lily (Lily Jun in Second Life) & Honglei – artist collective. USA/CHINA  Website

He Li – artist, Yale University, USA

Scott Grant (Xilin Yifu in Second Life) – educator, Australia

Kristy Lee (Victoria Bury in Second Life)educator. USA

Ry Daniel Shanks (Meixing Yu in Second Life) – Beijing Opera performer, artist. USA.

Bill Weaver – media artist/activist. Canada. Website

Philip Zhai – music composer, philosopher. Guangzhou, China Blog

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For the Attention of lilyhonglei,

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We would like to feature two of your photos in a section to be called GRAND VIEW GARDEN 1954 – Dream of Red Chamber [ Mansion ]

the photos are:

Grand View Garden in ” Land of Illusion.” &

New Progress in Grand View Garden in ” Land of Illusion.”

PLEASE ADVISE by email to

Thanking You


John Jeffery

Artisan advocate for miniature landscapes – Chinese gardens & penjing;
preservation of same & authentic representation particularly in the West.

Chinese garden scholar, before & since spending a few months @ the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
in Vancouver, BC. during 2006 & subsequently providing voluntary assistance to the NZ Chinese gardens
being established currently; and establishing contact and a global web site for all the China & Chinese garden representations, worldwide.

Penjing artisan learned, under the tutelage of Mrs. Dorothy Koreshoff, Sydney, Australia; over many years.
( whose late husband, Miniature landscape Master Vitaliy Koreshoff , learned the art from Chinese gardeners in his birthplace, Manchuria. )

Risk Management from past professional career, in risk & residual insurance protection, through the company now called Aon and historically Alexander & Alexander.

Trees in Pots Limited
Miniature landscapes research company

Chinese Penjing Artists Association of Australasia Incorporated
Secretariat & Executive Director

Jeffery Lee Wong Foundation
The owner of

69 Cavell St,
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Ph 006434550725

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