SHADOW PLAY: Tales of Urbanization in China has finally reached completion. The project commenced in 2014 with the objective of digitally visualizing the artists’ investigation into a complex socio – economic reality – the process of urbanization in China. The product, which is a culmination of several years of experimentation, integrates thoroughly-researched narrative storytelling with the sensory capabilities of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. Over the trajectory of its development, the project has grown into a multiplatform project interweaving VR, AR, painting, and Chinese folk art forms. The artists created numerous visual compositions with traditional Chinese shadow puppetry motifs and transplanted them into a 3D virtual world platform, where the main narrative – the tragic tale of the village chief’s family – unfolds. Lily Honglei subsequently produced a series of large-scale paintings that they dub postdigital fine art based on imagery in the virtual world.

Shadow Play will be presented at Renaissance 2020, a new media art exhibition held in Museum Of San Salvatore In Lauro, Rome, Italy, which also serves as the project premier supported by Creative Capital foundation in New York. Given the potential restrictions on public event during the pandemic and the digital nature of the work, the premier will be simultaneously launched on the Internet. A comprehensive preview of Shadow Play can be found on the project website:

Contact Breezy Art Gallery, Italy about the artworks:

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Lily & Honglei @lily_honglei, “Shadow Play” VR Installation Part III. The City: Into the Void Part III. The courageous mother commences her journey searching for her young son in the city. She witnesses the urban landscape and its inhabitants are being transformed in astounding scale and speed by an unknown force, either being productive or destructive. She laments everyday people's struggles and tribulations: parents abandoned their own babies outside children’s hospitals as they cannot afford medical treatments; migrant workers, blue or white collars, tread their shaky path of life like walking a tightrope; without a safety net, some of them are falling into destitution. ~ ~ To be shown in Rome, Oct 20th. Prints + AR available for sale. • • Shadow Play project receives support from New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. It is a recipient of Creative Capital Awards in Visual Arts, US.

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Lily & Honglei Art Studio continues the creation of Shadow Play in 2018. Besides the funding support from Creative Capital since 2015, the artist collective is also thankful to the Artist Fellowship & Fiscal Sponsorship from New York Foundation on the Arts since 2017 and New York State Council on the Arts Grant this year., the very first funder of Shadow Play that provided initial support during the 1st Phase of the project, is currently collaborating with Extremeno and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain on exhibiting their net-art collection including Shadow Play. 

Take a closer look work-in-progress at L&H Art Studio. Please direct any project-related questions to

Shadow Play, Chapter I, design by Lily & Honglei©. Medium: Virtual Reality platform, Chinese shadow puppetry motifs.

Shadow Play, Chapter III, design by Lily & Honglei©. Medium: Virtual Reality platform, Chinese shadow puppetry motifs.

Shadow Play, Chapter IV, by Lily & Honglei©. Medium: Oil on Canvas

Shadow Play in production, inside L&H Art Studio


Special thanks and acknowledgement to He Li, assistant producer, researcher and artist at Lily & Honglei Art Studio.



Creative Capital is pleased to announce its 2015 awardees in the categories of Moving Image and Visual Arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects selected from a nationwide pool of more than 3,700 proposals. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

The 2015 Creative Capital Artists are an incredible group of creative thinkers, representing 50 artists at all stages of their careers with an age range of 28 to 80 years old. They hail from 13 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada; more than half are women, and more than half identify as non­-European American. Each funded project receives up to $50,000 in direct funding, plus additional resources and advisory services valued at $45,000, making the organization’s total 2015 investment more than $4,370,000. “We believe it is so critical to sustain a commitment to invention and experimentation, to provocation and beauty,” said Ruby Lerner, Founding President & Executive Director, Creative Capital. “This class of Creative Capital awardees does it all; these artists are engaged with the world, and the immediacy of their projects is breathtaking.”

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The 2015 awardees in Moving Image are: Michael Almereyda (New York, NY) Martha Colburn (Gettysburg, PA) Cherien Dabis (Los Angeles, CA) Christopher Harris (Oviedo, FL) Lauren Kelley (New York, NY) Maryam Keshavarz (Los Angeles, CA) Klip Collective (Josh James and Ricardo Rivera) (Philadelphia, PA) Andy Kropa (Brooklyn, NY) Lily & Honglei (New Haven, CT) Shola Lynch (New York, NY) Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen (Los Angeles, CA) Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva (Mayer\Leyva) (Miami, FL) Lotfy Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) Pat O’Neill (Pasadena, CA) Carlo Ontal (Jersey City, NJ) Lorelei Pepi (Vancouver, Canada) Shawn Peters (Brooklyn, NY) Jennifer Reeder (Hammond, IN) Jon Rubin (Pittsburgh, PA) Ry Russo-Young (New York, NY) Lee Anne Schmitt (Altadena, CA) Dan Schneidkraut (Minneapolis, MN) Travis Wilkerson (Los Angeles, CA)

The 2015 awardees in Visual Arts are: A.K. Burns (Brooklyn, NY) Heather Cassils (Los Angeles, CA) Carolina Caycedo (Los Angeles, CA) Mike Crane (Brooklyn, NY) Danielle Dean (Houston, TX) Abigail DeVille (Bronx, NY) Maria Gaspar (Chicago, IL) Mariam Ghani (Brooklyn, NY) Eric Gottesman (Cambridge, MA) Titus Kaphar (New Haven, CT) Jon Kessler (New York, NY) Narcissister (Brooklyn, NY) Brittany Nelson (Richmond, VA) Lorraine O’Grady (New York, NY) Jeanine Oleson (Brooklyn, NY) Gala Porras-Kim (Los Angeles, CA) Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Carrie Schneider (Brooklyn, NY) Anna Sew Hoy (Los Angeles, CA) Amie Siegel (New York, NY) Katrin Sigurdardottir (New York, NY) Wu Tsang (Los Angeles, CA) Ivan Velez (Bronx, NY) Read more about these artists, their projects and the selection process at

Image credits (clockwise from top left): Eric Gottesman, Barbershop. A.K. Burns. Heather Cassils, Becoming an Image. Titus Kaphar, Untitled II. Jon Kessler, The Web. Cherien Dabis, still from May in the Summer. Martha Colburn, study for Western Wilds. Lily & Honglei, Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China. Maryam Keshavarz, research image for The Last Harem.

About Creative Capital

Creative Capital’s pioneering approach, inspired by venture-capital principles, surrounds adventurous artists in all disciplines with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers. Since 1999, Creative Capital’s awards program has committed more than $35 million in financial and advisory support to 465 projects representing 579 artists, including Kyle Abraham, Janine Antoni, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates, Meredith Monk, Laura Poitras, Rebecca Solnit and The Yes Men. Creative Capital has reached nearly 10,000 additional artists in more than 400 communities through its career-development workshops and webinars.

Creative Capital receives major support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Lambent Foundation, The Theo Westenberger Estate, Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Catharine & Jeffrey Soros, Paige West, Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Muriel Pollia Foundation, Clifton Foundation, Cordish Family Foundation, Sylvia Golden, Rappaport Family Foundation, Stephen Reily & Emily Bingham, Tequila Herradura, Two Sisters and a Wife Foundation, and more than 250 other institutional and individual donors.

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Butterfly Lovers, still image of video by Lily & Honglei.
Oil on paper. 2009

Video painting is a form of video art presented via projectors, LCD or other flat panel display and wall-mounted in the same manner as traditional paintings. [1]

Ambient video will emerge as a supremely pictorial form – relying on visual impact and the subtle manipulation of image, layer, flow, and transition. It sits in the visual background of our lives – always changing, but never too quickly. It does not conquer, it seduces. It rewards attention, but never commands it. Rather, its aim is to support whatever level of attention the viewer cares to bestow in the moment: a passing glance, a more intentional look, or a longer and deeper immersion within the dynamically changing experience of an ambient video world.” – Jim Bizzocchi (, an artist and Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology.


Title: Flow. Chinese ink painting on rice paper. Still image of video ‘Moon,’ by Lily & Honglei. 2012-13

“my philosophy is that collectors should have a screen devoted to art in their home. It’s not about watching television—it’s about screen-based experiences that are art-related. And it comes down to cost and accessibility, right? You can buy a 46-inch screen today for $400, or you can buy a Mac Mini or a comparable PC that can run Quicktime movies, et cetera, for $500. A devoted system works great if you don’t have an enormous home but have several pieces of video art.

“Of course, this is dependent on the artist being okay with that—they may insist on their art being screened on a specific, single-purpose unit. But more often than not when you buy unframed video, as long as you’re playing it to the right specifications, it’s fine. So you, as a collector, can amass a large amount of work in a single location and experience many, many pieces as you wish. You can really have an incredible range of work within that devoted system. And you can frame it in beautiful ways, with wood frames made for the screen so they have more than a presence. Then you can have a central server to hold and maintain the art. There are so many different ways to do it.

“I’m a huge believer in promoting the integration of new media work into collections, especially in homes that have traditional displays. You buy it because you love it, and the fact that it’s active shouldn’t matter. I think the devoted screen in your home is just one avenue that will become more and more common, especially with art collectors. ” – Bitforms Gallery’s Steven Sacks [2]





Curated by DAW International

Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 8th May, 17:00

Exhibition Dates: 8th May to 19th May, 10:00 – 22:00


The project “Window Zoos & Views” was inspired by an image of a car driving down Singapore’s legendary Orchard Road. The windshield of the car was plastered with stickers of popular cartoon characters. By driving down the street, the car mixes the cartoon characters with the actual world and the cartoon characters augment the real world environment. The interior of the car was transformed by the stickers into a kind of a virtual space in which the passengers inside were able to exceed the bounds of physical reality.In keeping with the idea of the car and the experience it provides those inside it, a concept was developed to transform Orchard Road into a virtual exhibition space for pedestrians by creating an responsive smart phone application and overlaying the entire road with geo-tagged media common to game technologies and augmented reality systems. Like the car’s windshield, pedestrian’s mobile device screens become windows onto the virtual world that is emerging around us, expanding our notion of what constitutes public space and how art can be exhibited. Whether traveling by vehicle or by foot, artworks will augment the “stop and go” journey down the road adding to the hustle and bustle of the people and the glare and flash of window displays and neon signs. Utilizing this type of technology in an art context is a new proposition that explores all that we know and experience as the mix of the real and the hyper-real, calling into question the border between art and life itself.

Artists & Researcher
John Craig Freeman (USA)
Tamiko Thiel (USA/DEU)
Lily & Honglei (CHN)
Lalie S. Pascual(CHE)
Will Pappenheimer

List of Artworks → more

Participating Institutes
School of Digital Media and Infocomm Techology (SP) → more

Orchard Road, Clark Quay and other locations → more info

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Artwork can be viewed on Yahoo! News Singapore here

Domenico Quaranta, “Venice: the augmented reality”, Flash Art, issue 295, July – September 2011, p. 33.
Downloadable pdf here

On the other hand, the subliminal nature, and its ability to infiltrate their messages in a non-invasive in public spaces, the AR makes a tremendous opportunity for artists. The nature of rental reveals clear links with the street art, and it is no accident that terms like “delusional”, “infiltration”, “constraints” and “freedom” is fulfilled in the communication of the two major events that have been joined at the Biennale: the Invisible homegrown Pavilion, organized by curator Simona Lodi and the artist group Les Liens Invisibles, and ‘AR Intervention orchestrated by the international group Manifest.AR. The first had already given proof of the subversive potential of making it appear AR, April 23 St. Peter’s Square in Rome, a “invisible pink unicorn,” a deity created the paradoxical as a parody of the monotheistic religions. The latter have a long experience with this, with unauthorized access of AR around the world, by the ICA in London at the MoMA in New York. Both have resulted in the halls alternative, at once monumental and invisible, in places such as the Biennale Gardens and Piazza San Marco. On the other hand, only worked Amir Baradan performer, best known for being offered in marriage to Marina Abramovic at The Artist is Present. Augmented in Venice, parasitism is even more evident because Baradan has “hooked” holds its interventions to specific visual scattered among national pavilions and Cordero. “I am interested in how small acts of resistance, in particular the so-called virtual domains, can create pockets of transformation,” explains the artist.

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September 13-15, 2011
10:00-18:00 daily

MIND THE GAP is a multi-media, multi-platform arts initiative to be held in Istanbul September 13-15, 2011. Headquartered at IMC 5533 art space, MIND THE GAP presents performative and new media work by emerging artists from around the globe addressing gaps and borders of all kinds: geographic and social borders, and technological and spatial gaps. With site-specific performances in public spaces around Istanbul, daily guided boat tours on the Bosphorus that offer a new perspective on orientation and the sea, and a virtual interactive mapping project, MIND THE GAP creates unique and participatory experiences to revision the ways we experience art.

Please join us for a video screening preview on September 12th from 16:00-18:30 and our final screening and closing reception on Thursday, September 15 from 16:00-18:30 at IMC 5533.

Whether you are right here in Istanbul with us or on the other side of the globe, we invite you to participate in our interactive works. From downloadable audio soundscapes, to our Vimeo page featuring all of our video works, to our “Map the Gap” digital photo project, viewers from around the world can actively participate in bridging gaps. As a participant in the “Map the Gap” project, you have the opportunity to explore your own ideas of gaps and have your digital photos displayed on our Tumblr.

For more information on the schedule of events and how to participate in our interactive programming, please visit: or contact us at:

In addition to the arts programming, MIND THE GAP is featured as a panel at ISEA2011 at Sabanci University, Levent, on September 18th,13:00-14:30.

(in the Istanbul Textile Traders Market)
5533- İMÇ 5.Blok no: 5533 Unkapanı-Istanbul.

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Dumbo Arts Festival

Each year the DUMBO Arts Festival seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

The DUMBO Arts Festival attracts 200,000 visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 500 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners. This year, the Festival will take place on Friday, September 23rd, Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th. The official Festival hours are Friday 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm and 6pm to midnight all three nights for all outdoor projections.

Art revelers can enjoy: visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street; musicians, dancers, poets, performance and circus artists throughout the neighborhood, on street corners, sidewalk stages and in the park; communing with instrument makers in workshops; hearing from tech gurus about the latest advances; and joining walking tours to hear city historians share little-known stories of the neighborhood.

Please join us at the festival that brings DUMBO’s creativity to the world and the world’s creativity to DUMBO every Fall.

The Dumbo Arts Festival is produced by Dalzell Productions and Two Trees Management.

‘Crystal Coffin: Virtual China Pavilion’ at Dumbo Arts Festival website:

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Lily Honglei: Crystal Coffin, screenshot by John Cleater at Dumbo Art Festival, NY