Virtuale Switzerland

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Virtuale stands for Virtual Biennale and is a Festival for public space using new digital tools not only to view the artworks and to interact with them, but also to design the experience of participation itself.

The program content for Virtuale focuses on the use of public space, mobile communication technologies, and explores the types of audiences found in public space,  inventing “playful” new strategies to bring the public into the exhibit as “real” visitors being offered a unique experience.

The project encompasses Artworks using Augmented Reality, Urban or Location Based Gaming, and Digital Heritage applications. It is interdisciplinary, bridging areas such as art and technology, digital heritage and tourism, as well as digital culture and art mediation.

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The Butterfly Lovers – Derived from a popular Chinese folktale Butterfly Lovers, the painted figures in traditional costumes are placed at varied locations around the world. Utilizing Augmented Reality, the work addresses issues of Chinese diaspora and cultural identity, and visualizes the restless, roaming cultural spirit of the East hidden in western metropolis.

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The Crystal Coffin – The augmentation is inspired by the crystal coffin displayed in Mausoleum of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Square since 1977, a year after Mao’s death. In the twenty first century, while China has been transforming itself into a modern society in many ways and gaining more influences economically and politically around the globe, Mao’s crystal coffin, the immortal-looking shell, remains exist as a symbol of authoritarian ruling system. During spring 2011, a crackdown on dissent – including detaining many intellectuals and members of religious group – followed by distinct signs of revival of Maoist policies, has left people baffled about the future direction of China. We therefore use Crystal Coffin of Mao as main body of the virtual China Pavilion topped with a tower and roof with ancient Chinese looking, as regulated by Ministry of Construction of China: architectural ‘designs must reflect traditional Chinese building styles’.
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For immediate release:

Zhulong Gallery Premieres with Satellite

(Dallas, TX—March 11)  Zhulong Gallery launches in Dallas on April 3. Designed to showcase New Media art, its multi-level galleries reclaimed from industrial space provide a high-tech platform for contemporary art.  The gallery’s façade is a 17 x 10-foot screen for projecting images, text and video. Downstairs, the gallery space presents a museum-like setting that creates a sense of discovery for guests.  Upstairs, a poetic gallery deck provides views of Downtown Dallas and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Aja Martin, director of Zhulong Gallery, said, “In Satellite, we just begin to explore the wide-ranging field of New Media art.” She added, “Satellite is a sampling of artists who will be featured in future exhibitions.”

Zhulong Gallery, 1302 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
Premiere Exhibit:  Satellite
Preview, April 3, 2014, 6 – 9 pm, To RSVP, http://www.zhulonggallery.com/RSVP
Exhibit continues April 4 – May 10, 2014. Beginning April 5, Zhulong Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm or by appointment.

Satellite features New Media works by 11 contemporary artists and frames Zhulong Gallery as a hub for receiving and transmitting art and ideas. The artists interpret data, culture, travel, and time.  Some of the works contain subject matter relating to space exploration and others hint at the satellite and its functions in an abstract, yet tangible manner.

Artists in Satellite present works that explore the expanding parameters of New Media:

• Hiba Ali (b. Karachi, Pakistan, currently Chicago, IL) creates virtual environments and documents that explore power formations and alternatives to current Western infrastructures.

• Erika Blumenfeld (USA) – With special devices, Blumenfeld records light and presents it as phenomenon in the form of installations, sound and video art, and artist books.

• Lily & Honglei (New York and Beijing) – This two-person collective meld the virtual and ‘real’, offering augmented realities (AR), video works, and virtual films communicating ideas about Chinese history and culture and its relationship to the globalized present. They are also members of the collective Manefest.AR, which uses mobile technology as strategy for visual art.

• James Geurts’ (London, UK and Melbourne, Australia) ‘Expanded Drawings’ take an abundance of forms: public installations and sculptures, graphite drawings, projections and video works. All iterations convey the artist’s observations of specific geologic phenomena.

• Susan Giles (Chicago, IL) presents architectural sculptures that relay the fragility and folly of memory. Working with spectacular and banal architectural forms and features, the artist creates large and small-scale sculptural works and video deal with transmission of experience into language—audible and gestural.

• Ira Greenberg (Dallas, TX) works in the computation medium and most recently explores new life forms through programming. His ‘protobytes’ respond to their environments living and dying among us in real-ti

• Paul Hertz (Chicago, IL) will present works from his latest series of glitch art, a program that visualizes the collapse of time and memory.

• Chris Lattanzio (Dallas, TX) creates glowing relief sculptures and environments that play on Pop Art and render the banal and the spiritual with equal affect. Highly saturated or cool and atmospheric, the works alter both space and psyche.

• Anh-Thuy Nguyen (b. Vietnam, currently Claremore, OK) is a performance and video artist who explores our significant cultural relationships with food in an attempt to present distinct but universal ideas.

• Max Schich (Dallas, TX) culls massive data and interprets it into delicate visual representations. These info-pictures communicate trends, connections and disparities that might go unnoticed without this specific visual context.

• Lauren Woods (Dallas, TX) is a conceptual artist working in hybrid media. Her ‘inkblot projections’ and other video, film and sound works set up alternative means and roles for viewing, the viewer and subject.

Zhulong Gallery:  the new light on Dragon Street.  More information is available at http://www.zhulongallery.com.

For more information regarding Satellite, please contact info@zhulonggallery.com.

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Zhulong Gallery inaugurating exhibition ‘Satellite’ in April issue, Art in America magazine, 2014

Lily & Honglei’s work on view: video and painting of Milky Way

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Still image of animated film ‘Milky Way,’ by Lily & Honglei Art Studio

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 Turbulence.org.

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)

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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 Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Our Internet project ‘Celebration!’ along with interview by Video Channel are featured by JavaMuseum’s 10th anniversary New Media Art Festival –

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Fireworks at 'Water Cube' - Beijing Olympic Celebration

Merry-Go-Around

Medium: Online 3D virtual world platform, Oil on paper, soundtrack

Video running time: 2 minutes. Size: varied. Completion year: 2009

The work is in memory of the student victims of Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, in context of that Investigation on the death toll of students has become a taboo in Chinese official media. Ironically, this virtual merry-go-around is built inside Water Cube, the swimming pool of Beijng Olympic Game held three months after the historic disaster. In the video document of the virtual environment constructed in online 3D world, the scene of collapsed schools in Sichuan is inundated by grandiose national celebration.

More Information, please go to http://2010.javamuseum.org/?page_id=391

Watch Video/Machinima of “Celebration!”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY6fJ9m4vkE

Out new book ‘Fine Arts Film – Social Reflection in Multimedia Art’ is now available on Amazon.com – both paper back and Kindle edition:

Fine Art Film by Lily & Honglei

Honglei and Lily (Honglei Li, Xiying Yang) are two contemporary artists of our generation who represent the future direction of multimedia and mixed-realities arts for our time. Their first-hand experiences in Beijing for the greater part of their youthful years and later in New York City are inestimable, and bring a new vision to any society and institution which they engage. Lily & Honglei draw their generation¿s unique artistic expression informed by powerful eyewitness experiences resulting from ‘Tiananmen Incident’ to ‘September 11,’ a generation whose psyches are indelibly trapped in a struggle to make sense of a fractured world and a future, which will guarantee independent thinking. Lily & Honglei attempt to carve their personal path and journey for freedom of artistic and intellectual expressions. Their work asserts aspects of western fantasies that are revealed as ¿vacuous¿ when tested and that there is greater need than ever before for truthful understandings from both East and West as they enter into a newly profound global relationship.

– Bryan McFarlane

Printed Version:

http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Art-Film-Reflections-Multimedia/dp/3838306228/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1276884717&sr=8-3-fkmr1

Kindle Version:

http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Arts-Film-ebook/dp/B002KCO304/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1258280490&sr=1-1