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.

"Crystal Palace" installation

"Crystal Palace" installation

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!

monument-081

Monument '08

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.

Painting Installation at Crystal Palace

Painting Installation at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace - Painting Installation

Crystal Palace - Painting Installation

White Painting in West Chambers

White Painting in West Chambers

Monument 08 in "Land of Illusion" - January 2009

Monument '08 in "Land of Illusion" - January 2009 (early stage)

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“Land of Illusion – folklore in digital media”

presentation @ Upgrade! Boston

Upgrade! Boston Presentation

Upgrade! Boston Presentation

http://turbulence.org/upgrade/about.html

Curated by Turbulence.org

Location: Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Schedule: May 19th, 2009

Event: artists talk by Lily & Honglei

note: Upgrade! Boston is a monthly gathering of artists, curators and the public that fosters dialogue and creates opportunities for collaboration within the new media community. Hosted by the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, each meeting consists of one or two hour-long presentations interspersed with questions and comments from the audience. Theme-based panel discussions are organized once or twice a year. The events are informal, free, and open to all. Founded by Turbulence.org in January 2005, Upgrade! Boston continues to grow as a local node within the global Upgrade! International (UI) network.

Exhibition: Virtual Art @ NYC Broadway Gallery
 Virtual Art @ Broadway Gallery NYC

Virtual Art @ Broadway Gallery NYC

Exhibition Location:

NY Arts Broadway Gallery, 473 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10013 (212) 274-8993

gallery websites: www.nyartsmagazine.com, www.nyartsbeijing.com

Exhibition Dates: February 15 – 28, 2009, Tues – Sat 10: – 6:00 pm.

Opening Reception: Thursday 6-8PM, February 19th, 2009

Exhibition Description: the exhibition explores virtual world art as a form of assessment of globalization, a venue to explore Internet-based virtual world as a Modernist techno-libertarian utopia, a political utopia, and “reality” of the dream world. The exhibition also serves as part of initiative of a new platform promoting net-art by presenting work in this field not only on Internet but in galleries in both New York City and Beijing.

Participants:
Land of Illusion team: Scott Grant, Kristy Lee, Bill H. Li, Honglei Li, Ry Daniel Shanks, Bill Weaver, Lily Xiying Yang

lily, Patrick, Will & Craig discussing NY Arts Net-art initiative in VF clinic

lily, Patrick, Will & Craig discussing NY Arts Net-art initiative (first meeting in VF clinic)


Networked Performance: Hundred Schools of Thought

Dec.18, 9-10PM EST, 6-7PM SLT

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Hundred Schools of Thought - performance in "Land of Illusion"

Hundred Schools of Thought – performance in “Land of Illusion”

Performance Description: By reflecting on the cultural phenomenon in Chinese history, “Land of Illusion” team’s new performance in Second Life, Hundred Schools of thought aims to making critical social and cultural commentaries in Cyberspace.

From Spring and Autumn to Warring States Period, during nearly 500 years in China, thought was freed, learning was unrestricted. Scholars without official responsibilities, were able to develop their views freely; heterodoxies thus could widely prevail. Men of profound thought and far vision inevitably were moved to make critical inquires into the causes and influences of these great changes, and quite naturally voiced opposition or offered constructive proposal.

In this performance in Second Life, six major philosophers reside in the Grand View Garden, presenting or advocating their thoughts and strategies freely. While the characters are identifiable by appearances and activities through historical accounts, performers, six artists and educators from China, Australia and America, have been encouraged to interpret the profound cultural message with their own reading when retaining their personal virtual identities as certain degree. Exploring “multifaceted identities” is the focus of this social-cultural reinterpretations through symbolic approaches.

Viewers are invited to log in Second Life for an immersive experience of this performance reflecting on not only Chinese history and philosophy, but legend and personality.

more information at Turbulence.org, and

https://lilyhonglei.wordpress.com/stories-of-hermit-scholar/hundred-school-of-thoughts-second-draft/

Land of Illusion @ ImageRadio new media festival, Netherlands

Website: www.imageradio.nl

Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Schedule: November 2, 19:00 – 22:00 (CET)
Event: Live performance Paradise of the Assassins
Paradise of the Assassins

Poster:Paradise of the Assassins

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Work Description: “Land of Illusion” team is presenting their online performance and installation, Paradise of the Assassins, at ImageRadio 2008 new media festival held in Emergent Art Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands, October 30 – November 2, 2008. Performance, scheduled at November 2nd, 19:00 -22:00 CET, will be on view both in the exhibition and online in Second Life. Participants include new media artists Lily & Honglei, Ry Daniel Shanks, Bill Weaver and members of “Land of Illusion.”

Networked performance Paradise of the Assassins is a reflection on the traditional theme in Chinese folklore – assassinations of tyrants and authority, yet being interpreted with language of computer art. In the gallery, projection and computer workstation will allow viewers to interact with virtual encounters while
immersing in a fantasy landscape and storytelling. By controlling the avatar of Emperor Qin, in a online virtual space, viewers become confronting with performers taking forms of famous assassins from ancient China. This author/viewer relationship provokes rethinking of the individual identity in historical, social and cultural contexts.

Paradise of the Assassins performance - Grand View Garden

Paradise of the Assassins performance - Grand View Garden

Paradise of the Assassins in "Land of Illusion"

Paradise of the Assassins in "Land of Illusion"


Festival Outline: The festival is an experiment, critical reflection, and preview of how new media in public space impact our cultural, social and physical surroundings. The increase of display devices, data clouds, sensor networks, particularly in urban centers, provides a new medium. Public space becomes a playground in which dynamic and manipulative data influence our perception. Potential applications are shown in experimental installations. Theory, discussion and exchange on these topics are facilitated in the professional program and symposium.

More Information at Turbulence.org:

http://transition.turbulence.org/blog/2008/10/28/live-stage-paradise-of-assassins-second-life/

“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

Virtual Installation “Land of Illusion” @ American Library Association

Presentation Poster

Presentation Poster

Exhibition on view: Oct.3rd – 20th, 2008,

Location: China Cafe (American Library Association), Info Island International, Second Life

Opening: 9PM, Oct. 3rd. 2008https://lilyhonglei.wordpress.com/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=1161&type=image&TB_iframe=true

Description: The Cyberspace exhibition features Lily & Honglei’s digital artworks, including animations, machinima, paintings and 3D environment developed to illustrate and reflect on Chinese Folklore traditions and its social impact. Audience will have a unique reading experience in learning Chinese folktales and classical literature in an immersive virtual space.

About China Cafe: The project is funded by ALA and implemented in Second Life. It serves as a bridge to link China and the World, or, according to the founders, “a window for China to see more about the world and the world to know more of China.” The China Cafe offers weekly lectures and special events.

"Land of Illusion" Installation on view

"Land of Illusion" Installation on view

Audience at "Land of Illusion" installation, SL China Cafe (ALA funded project)

Audience at "Land of Illusion" installation, SL China Cafe (ALA funded project)

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* Discussion at Boston Cyberarts