video art by Lily & Honglei, new media art China, new media artist

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]





Opalnest produces Inaugural Gala for TODAY IS THE DAY

TITD Inaugural Fundraising Gala and Auction Benefit

November 27, 2012
Tuesday 7-10 PM

The Jane Hotel Ballroom
113 Jane Street, New York City

10 PM Video Art Afterparty
(Free Event, RSVP Essential)
hosted by Hotel Americano
518 W. 27th Street

On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, TODAY IS THE DAY, a new, visionary non-profit foundation (New York, Hiroshima), announces its Inaugural Benefit Gala and Auction at the Jane Hotel Ballroom, generously produced by Opalnest. The evening’s events will be co-hosted by Arto Lindsay beginning with an introduction by gallerist, collector and TITD friend Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, followed by a tea ceremony by Junko Hasegawa of CHARAKU, a live auction conducted by Gabriela Palmieri, Senior Vice President & Specialist of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, and special guest speaker David A. Ross former Director at SF MoMA and Whitney Museum of American Art.

The night at the Jane Hotel will close with the screening of an exclusive video of Marina Abramović. The festivities will continue at the Hotel Americano with a video art after-party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m

Window, video by Lily & Honglei

The evening’s proceeds will go to support the launch of  the fledgling non-profit and a portion will go to benefit children affected by the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Proceeds from TODAY IS THE DAY benefit auction, ticket sales and all other financial support will be eligible for tax exemption through the Fiscal Sponsorship of Fractured Atlas a 501(c) non-profit arts organization in New York.


For more information on tickets or to RSVP for the after-party, contact

Events Produced by Helen Homan Wu (Opalnest)

More info:

Slash: Paper Under The Knife

Museum of Art & Design, New York


David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator, and Laura Stern, Assistant Curator

movingpaper.madmuseum.orgMoving Paper is the Museum of Arts and Design cut paper animation festival.

Lily & Honglei’s Forbidden City showcased at MAD Museum Theater, 3/27/10

The Winners!
People’s Choice award

Paper Boy by: iank [grand prize winner!]

Legend of the Raven God King by: leahnolbrich

Forbidden City by: lily&honglei

Museum’s Choice award

NZ Book Council – Going West by: The New Zealand Book Council [grand prize winner!]

American Dream Anton Cabaleiro

Plume Maya Erdelyi

The Museum of Arts and Design is pleased to announce the winners of the People’s Choice and Museum’s Choice awards of the Moving Paper cut paper animation festival. Out of the many exceptional videos we received, these pieces are recognized as being particularly noteworthy by the Museum and by the thousands of visitors to the festival website

You can come and see the winners in the Theater at MAD on Saturday, March 27th. We’ll be screening a selection of videos all day long, and admittance is included with your Museum admission.

Many thanks to all of the people who submitted. The Museum had the highest of expectations for this project, and we were pleasantly surprised to find our expectations exceeded.

Lily & Honglei's Milkyway Projection at Queens Museum of Art

our new animation “milky way” will be on view during Fluid new media art fest. in NYC, Queens Museum of Art on 11/15/2009

Milky Way animation still Museum of Art

Interactive Digital Art
Closing Celebration

{Interactive Installations}


88 Constellations for Wittgenstein

Your Life, Our Movie



Steven and Jared II


The Cube V 2.1

{Audiovisual Art}

Sinus Aestum & Lacus Temporis

The Sea Remembered Yesterday 1 & 2

Dristi III



{Invited Performers}

Roboaction 5


Heavy W8Bit

Sperm Whale

Sand Box Animator


Sub – C


From One Dream to Another

Dream Test Pattern


Zumo Natural

Milky Way


[Untitled] Cubicle


Internet, robotics, programing and animation technology selection