Shadow Play by Lily & Honglei Art Studio (Xiying Yang, He Li and Honglei Li) is exhibited at SOMArts center in San Fransisco, CA:

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APICC presents ONE IN WHICH WE ARE, May 1–27

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Screenshot of multimedia project ‘Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization’ by Lily & Honglei Art Studio

As part of the 18th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Sparking Light, and with the support of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, ONE IN WHICH WE ARE is a visual arts exhibition which explores the complex interdependencies between structures, processes, events, and the collective individual. Conceived as a relational map of reflections and experiences, this group exhibition brings forth inquiries surrounding individual positionalities and collective responsibilities. Through video works, painting, sculpture, photography and performance, these artists from the Bay Area and beyond explore personal and social wounds as collective attachments from where we may interpret and embrace our daily lives.


The opening event on Friday, May 1, 7–10pm opens with a special performance by NAKA Dance Theater, The Anastasio Project. Click here to read about this performance.

Exhibiting Artists: Zach Blas, Cristina Battle, Craig Campbell, Sarah Farahat, Tanja Geis, Kristina Lee Podesva, Lily & Honglei, Sanaz Mazinani, Omar Mismar, NAKA Dance Theater, Andrew Norman Wilson, Gala Porras KIm, Lordy Rodriguez, and Shelly Silver

Curators: David de Rozas and Alex Wang


Images courtesy of: Lily & Hongleil; Kristina Lee Podesva; Tanja Geis


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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,
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

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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

Manifest.AR is an international artists’ collective working with emergent forms of augmented reality as interventionist public art. During the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, the group responded to the theme of the biennial, “Seeking Silicon Valley,” by created a citywide augmented reality public art exhibition with parallel components at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania. Titled “Manifest.AR @ BIC,” the group drew on collective, participatory art practices centered on mobile augmented reality technology to aggregate and map a series of artworks, which re-imagined and reinterpreted the high-tech corporate campuses and products of Silicon Valley. Performative and site-specific works were located throughout the cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Lewisburg.

Whereas the public square was once the quintessential place to air grievances, display solidarity, express difference, celebrate similarity, remember, mourn, and reinforce shared values of right and wrong, it is no longer the only anchor for interactions in the public realm. That geography has been relocated to a novel terrain, one that encourages exploration of mobile location based art. Moreover, public space is now truly open, as artworks can be placed anywhere in the world, without prior permission from government or private authorities – with profound implications for art in the public sphere and the discourse that surrounds it.

Distributed Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Strategy:
Led by a collective curatorial team including Jessica Gomula of the Building Imagination Center, Jaime Austin of ZERO1, Richard Rinehart of Samek Gallery, and Lanfranco Aceti of Kasa Gallery and Leonardo Electronic Almenac, Manifest.AR members will create iterations of the work produced for ManifestAR @ ZERO1, and modify it where necessary to address the change of context to Modesto. With its genesis in Silicon Valley the work will spread to the Central Valley as if on the prevailing winds. “Manifest.AR @ BIC: Seeking San Joaquin Valley,” will act as a prototype to explore how distributed inter-institutional curatorial approaches might support emerging distributed collective art practices.

Specific projects include:

  • “Monument to Cesar Chavez,” by John Criag Freeman
  • “Parking Lot  / Farm Decorator,” by Will Pappenheimer
  • “CreatAR,” by Mark Skwarek
  • “ARt Critic Face Matrix” by Tamiko Thiel
  • “Fortune 500 Cookies” by Tamiko Thiel
  • “From Silicon Valley to San Joaquin,” by John Craig Freeman, Mark Skwarek and Lily & Honglei
  • “Chinese Take Out,” by 4Gentlemen

The Documentary Film:
With support from the BIC’s 2013 Residence Filmmaker Challenge, a 10-15 minute  documentary film will be produced about the project in Modesto, and about the possibilities of new approaches to curation and exhibition, and to consider other ways institutions might respond to the challenges posed by these new art practices. It will include documentation of the projects below, along with artist interviews.

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Our new animation ‘Dragon’ has been invited to video art festivals around the world, including in Iran, Hungary and Russia.

Work Description

Production: L&H Art Studio
Animation Design: Bill He Li
Medium: Digital animation, Soundtrack
Duration: 4-minute
Year of Completion: 2012


The work is created during 2012, the Chinese Lunar Dragon Year. Associating imagery of human brain with Dragon, one of the most significant cultural creations of China, the work reflects on intriguing meaning of this symbol of Power. Dragon, the imaginary, almighty creature, is the subject of many Chinese classics specially focusing on its ability of adjusting itself for controlling. This cultural icon is vividly alive throughout Chinese history, inspiring personal and national ambitions in both ancient and contemporary societies of China. Within this context, the short film visualizes how this thousand-year-old unreal creature has influenced Chinese people’s mindset and thinking.

Screenings in Hungary and Russia:

Lily & Honglei once again collaborate with CologneOFF Video Chanel to present new animated short film Dragonat Art & Animation Festival, partnering with 3 art institutions in Europe:

–         the 8th. Budapest Short Film Festival, Hungary

–         XI Kansk International Video Art Festival, Russia

–        Anima Banja Luka (Bosnia – Herzegovina)

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Screening in Iran:
Private Negation


Experimental video animations
by 14 aritsts
Co-curated by
Morehshin Allahyari (Dallas & Denver, USA)
Alysse Stepanian (Los Angeles)
Sazmanab Location: Apt. 2, No. 99, Pardis St. Ariafar St. Sazman-e ab St. Sheikh Fazlollah HWY, Tehran, Iran
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Screening: 7PM – 8PM Tehran’s time
Q&A with the curators via the internet: 8PM – 8:30PM

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Curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Alysse Stepania

Our perception of reality conforms to human-made logic while the construct of logic is defined by the limitations of our perceptions. The language of power is built upon the illusion of logic, designed to create cultural hegemony and maintain social hierarchies. The subversive video animations in this show challenge the language of logic and control in unexpected worlds of simulated realities. On one level, the nature of the GUI (graphic user interface) of video and animation software directly influences the creative process, as the program itself exerts a self-contained logic and control rooted in the code and interface design. On another level, the medium of video animation in these experimental works allows visualizations of unfamiliar realities that call for reinterpretations and active participation from the viewer.


Christopher Coleman | Sachiko Hayashi | Shane Mecklenburger | Jonathan Monaghan | Morehshin Allahyari | Jon Satrom | Alysse Stepanian & Philip Mantione | Michael Lasater | Jenny Vogel | Claudia Hart | Lily & Honglei | Gerald Guthrie | Albert Merino | Julia Zastav

Collaborating with John Craig Freeman, our new AR project “From Lewisburg to Silicon Valley” is participating Zero 1 Biennial 2012 in San Jose, CA, Sept. 12 – Dec. 8, 2012, with a Media Preview at Catherine Clark Gallery’s New York Pop-Up Space in May 2012.

Mobile phone screenshot of AR project ‘From Lewisburg to Silicon Valley’

The connection from Lewisburg Pennsylvania to the high-tech corporate campuses of Silicon Valley can be traced in the migration of the worlds manufacturing on its never ending quest for the least expensive, least regulated labor force and the trail of economic devastation it leaves in its wake. Viewed through their own mobile device, the “From Lewisburg, PA to Silicon Valley” augmented reality public art projects asks the audience to consider their own implications in this global history.
– John Craig Freeman,  From Lewisburg, PA to Silicon Valley

MANIFEST.AR @ ZERO1 Biennial 2012 

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Commissioned by the Samek Gallery at Bucknell University for the ZERO1 Biennial and presented in collaboration with ZERO1

The collective proposes to establish an onsite installation for exhibition at the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with parallel components at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania. Titled “Manifest.AR @ ZERO1,” the group will draw on collective art practices centered around mobile augmented reality apps that aggregate and map a series of works re-imagining and reinterpreting the high-tech corporate campuses and products of Silicon Valley. Performative and site-specific works will be created around the cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Lewisburg.

Manifest.AR is an international artists’ collective working with emergent forms of augmented reality as interventionist public art. The group sees this medium as a way of transforming public space and institutions by installing virtual objects, which respond to and overlay the configuration of located physical meaning. Utilizing this technology as artwork is an entirely new proposition and explores all that we know and experience as the mixture of the real and the hyper-real.

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Manifest.AR at ISEA & Istanbul Biennial 2011

Unseen Sculpture, curated by Warren Armstrong

Sydney, April 9th ~ Melbourne, April 30th, 2011

In April this year, (Un)seen Sculptures, Australia’s first mobile 3D augmented reality art show will be staged in locations in Surry Hills, Sydney (as part of the  Surry Hill Festival) and around the Melbourne CBD.

Situated in these locations will be virtual digital works; hidden from the naked eye but visible to anyone with an iPhone, Android or Nokia smartphone and an app called the Layar Reality Browser, that can be downloaded for free from iTunes, the Android Market or the Ovi Store.

Once they have downloaded this app, people can simply open it up, search for “unseen sculptures”, select the layer set up for the show, then hold up their phones at the designated locations, and they will see 3D artworks that they can walk around, explore from any angle and even interact with.

The show will feature works by Australian artists and international visitors from as far afield as the USA, UK, China and Portugal. The pieces themselves will traverse a wide range of styles and subjects: anything from characters from a traditional Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet lost in the metropolis; to an infestation of psychotropic toads; to an 18th-century GPS device.

For specific details on the shows in each city, click on the Sydney or Melbourne links at the top of this site.