Commissioned by New Radio and Performing Arts Inc., new media art project Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China is complete in May 2014 and soon to be launched via

Designed and produced by Lily & Honglei Art Studio, a New York-based collective with three artists, Xiying Yang, Honglei Li and He Li, ‘Urbanization of China’ is a multimedia project comprised several phases. Following the first phase ‘Shadow Play,’ more work will be unveiled over next 2-3 years period, with funding from varied channels.

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Commissioned by New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.

Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China

Over the past few decades, China has been undergoing urbanization at an astounding pace. In 2013, the newly inaugurated national leadership raised the process to a new gear when it unveiled its plan of converting 70 percent of the population to a city-oriented lifestyle by 2025. Such a significant change would undoubtedly transform the character of a country that has been largely agrarian throughout its millennia of history. One may wonder how, and to what extent, the landscape, culture, and daily being of the nation’s people may be altered. As artists, we are compelled to explore and reflect upon the various phases of this historic undertaking. Through fieldwork in China, we collect the ingredients necessary for a multimedia production that combines traditional artistic expressions with emerging technologies. The project make use of innovative means of expression such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) to visualize the metamorphosis that results from the urbanization process. With an outlook to the future through digital technologies, a retrospective into the past through time-honored imagery, and a reflection of the present through immersion in the realities of the modern China, we seek to present the unfolding of a monumental development to the conscience of a worldwide audience.  (2014 © Lily & Honglei Art Studio)


visualization of “Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China”
© 2014 Lily & Honglei Art Studio

Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China is a 2014 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for its website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Three Wise Monkeys by 4gentlemen, is selected by Deirdre Scott, Executive Director of Bronx Council on the Arts, for online exhibition at Curate NYC :

The work is also on view at: Digital Arts Weeks, at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Art Of Placebo, October 24 – Nov. 2, 2011

Sound Massage with Three Wise Monkeys, by 4Gentlemen, screenshot by Test Subject Pappenheimer, Location: Open Space, Time: 9:12, Date: October 27, 2011.

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Lily & Honglei’s new video Home is participating international art exhibition ‘Mind the Gap’ at Istanbul, Fall 2011, as part of ISEA – Inter Society of Electronic Art.

Still sequence of Home

The international artist group CONT.cept is launching “MIND THE GAP”, a series of exhibitions, performance art events and conferences that will take place in Istanbul in fall 2011. MIND THE GAP playfully alludes to transportation, but also references borders and gaps of all kinds: geographic, social, and economic. These events are aimed at engaging discussions of contemporary issues including economic and cultural globalization, brain drain, and ecology within the artistic and socio-political traditions of Istanbul and Turkey. CONT.cept was formed in Istanbul and the US out of a need to create an accessible, global forum for emerging contemporary artists and thinkers to discuss, challenge, and connect new ideas. The exhibitions and events will present multi-media works from emerging artists from around the globe in reaction to the concepts of capitalism, consumerism and cultural imperialism, and the ways that we negotiate individual and collective identity.

With these exhibitions and events, “MIND THE GAP” asks the following questions:
•    In the face of global economic and environmental crises, what options do we have for a new vision?
•    What does nationality mean in a homogenized world in which multinational chain corporations are on every street corner in every corner of the globe?
•    How have our definitions of place been altered by the technologies we use every day?

“MIND THE GAP” will coincide with the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, one of the most prestigious international art fairs.  Istanbul serves as the geographical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia. Its unique position offers an exciting venue to examine global issues from various regional perspectives offered by artists from around the globe. In hosting these events during fall 2011, we aim to enlarge the conversation for the viewing public around the ways established and emerging artists are approaching contemporary issues from access and mobility to the role of technology in identity formation.

In addition to exhibitions and performance events, CONT.cept will organize a symposium bringing together artists, musicians, writers, business professionals, archeologists, historians and directors of non-profit organizations to discuss and challenge the issues raised in the exhibitions. Global capitalism is forcing us to reconsider our outlooks and the effects that we have upon our larger community. Art is being called upon to engage with other disciplines to explore these complicated questions and offer new perspectives on the possibility of a brighter future. CONT.cept and “MIND THE GAP” investigate the possibilities of contemporary art practices to shed light on and affect the political and socio-economic forces at work on the local and global levels.

Gawker Artists is a curated online art community and exhibition program promoting the works of artists of all media. Participating artists receive profile pages on Gawker Artists and are eligible to have their works published in the ad space on Gawker Media titles and included in Gawker Artist sponsored exhibitions. All participation for artists and exhibitors is free.

  • Lily & Honglei

    As a Chinese immigrant artist team, our work deals with cultural displacement and identity issues, as well as social and cultural problems in today’s China in the context of globalization. Taking form of digital multimedia presentation, our projects often adapt symbolism and metaphors from Chinese folklore, and reinterpret them in a contemporary context. To give new imputes to aesthetics and cultural traditions, we integrate new media approaches, such as digital animation and virtual reality, with fine arts language to create visual experiences belong to the 21st century. More 

  • CologneOFF V online video festival was officially Launched on 11/13/09.

    Thanks to the project director, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne’s tremendous efforts, the online video environment looks exceptionally beautiful and accessible. Our project “Forbidden City” has been included in the International Program 2 –



    Press Release

    Today, on 13 November 2009, VideoChannel Cologne is happy to launch

    CologneOFF V  – Taboo! Taboo?
    5th Cologne Online Film Festival 2009

    online starting together with its 2009 festival partners
    MICROWAVE – New Media Arts Festival 2009 Hong Kong
    13 Nov – 11 Dec 2009
    FONLAD – Digital Art Festival Guarda/Portugal
    14 November 2009 – 03 January 2009

    Earlier this year, Microwave Hong Kong invited VideoChannel to prepare two
    shows of video art for the 2009 festival, resulting two outstanding screening programs as a networked action
    “Memory & Identity”  – a show which was in September 2009 featured on VideoChannel
    contributed by VisualContainer Milan  and curated by Giorgio Fideli
    celebrating the partnership between VideoChannel and Visual Container –
    public screenings between 14 November until 24 November 2009 at I/O (Input/Output) Hong Komg
    “Body and Soul – 15:15:15”  – a thematic presentation  – one of the very rare physical manifestations of
    Agricola de Cologne (the encoded artist, chief curator of VideoChannel and director of CologneOFF)
    and an original way to launch CologneOFF V in physical space
    on 22 November 2009 at Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre Lecture Hall –
    which was made possible through the generous support by Goethe Institute Hong Kong

    For more info, please download the PDF –

    The second partner of VideoChannel in 2009 is FONLAD – Digital Art Festival Guarda/Portugal
    representing the framework for the 2nd  physical CologneOFF V manifestation
    in the two days screenings on 24 amd 25 November 2009.

    Read more about the festival partners on netMAXX – networked magazine
    FONLAD –

    In December 2009, another CologneOFF manifestation is scheduled in Bristol/UK
    and in February 2010 in India.

    About Cologne OFF V

    Founded in 2006 by VideoChannel in the framework of [NewArtMedia ProjectNetwork]:||cologne,
    the experimental platform for art and new media,
    CologneOFF is realising in 2009 its 5th festival edition under the topic of “Taboo”.

    According to (wikipedia) “A taboo is a strong social prohibition or ban against words, objects, actions, or discussions considered undesirable or offensive to a group, culture, society, or community. Breaking a taboo, considered objectionable, abhorrent or unacceptable by the majority in a community by in engaging in activities or not adhering to local customs usually leads to severe penalties applied by rule of law. Other common reactions by persons breaking taboos result in embarrassment, shame and are commonly  considered by others as a sign of rudeness.”
    In our Western socities “the taboo” changed its meaning profoundly and does actually not exist anymore as a dogma and an instrument of social and moral ruling, but it is replaced by a kind of individual “taboo” practiced by groups of mind-likes.  In this way, people can be confronted with different types of “taboos” depending on the needs of certain social groups.  The selected videos refer to this invidualization and take the artistic consequences in most different ways, whereby the digital technology  offers many solutions to the artists and the viewer. It is this variety, which makes the festival program so exciting and vivid. It  is up to the viewer to search and find his personal definition(s).

    CologneOFF V consists of 5 program sections including
    –>  50 shortfilms and videos in 3 international programs
    –> a feature of 14 German art films/videos and
    –> a selection of 14  One Minute Films made by the guest curator Ali Zaidi (London)
    and contributed by MOTIROTI London

    For more info about the festival and its films, please download the festival catalogue as PDF

    CologneOFF V can be accessed via the festival site on
    or directly via –


    On occasion of  the CologneOFF V launch,
    VideoChannel is releasing online “Feature II” of German Video Art
    Including viideos by the German artists/directors participating in CologneOFF V.

    After Feature I, presenting the outstanding Cologne based video artist Johanna Reich,
    Feature II is offering the diversity of digital video of 15 artist/directors.
    Feature III, the next following focus on German video art is planned to be released in
    January 2010.

    VideoChannel – video project environments

    CologneOFF – Cologne Online Film Festival

    MICROWAVE  – New Media Arts Festival Hong Kong

    FONLAD – Digital Art Festival
    media partner:
    netMAXX – networked experience
    Thanks to
    Goethe Institute Hong Kong
    MICROWAVE Hong Kong
    FONLAD Coimbra/Portugal
    Motiroti London/UK
    VisualContainer Milan/Italy
    powered by [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne
    the experimental platform for art and new media from Cologne/Germany

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    Hsiang chien huan

    Silent, alone, I climb the west tower
    The moon a hook
    Quite, secluded, the wu-tung, clear autumn locked
    into the court

    Cut it, it does not sever
    Sort it, it ravels more
    The sorrow of parting —
    A taste — a weight …

    West Tower - virtual environment in SL
    West Tower – virtual environment in SL

    West Tower Drawing

    West Tower Drawing

    Flower Burial

    Flower Burial

    The Nightingale –

    "Nightingale" sketch

    "Nightingale" sketch

    Lily & Honglei 杨熙瑛, 李宏磊 - new media art of China