Turbulence Commission: Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China by Lily & Honglei [Download Second Life for desktop and Layar for mobile devices]
Over the past few decades China has been urbanizing at an astounding pace. In 2013, the People’s Republic unveiled its plan to relocate 260 million people from China’s countryside to one of 21 “mega regions” by 2020 (cbsnews.com). Such a significant shift will undoubtedly transform China’s national character, which has been predominantly agrarian for millennia. Shadow Play weaves three interfaces, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Physical Reality (PR), and combines the past and present — through time-honored imagery, paint, “shadow play,” and new media technologies — to immerse participants in the realities of contemporary China.
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, now celebrating 50 years of the creative spirit of emerging artists.
Based in New York and Beijing, Lily & Honglei is an artist collective consisting of Xiying Yang, Honglei Li and He Li. Utilizing traditional painting, video, and new media Lily & Honglei creates ‘visual fables’ which intertwines current social issues with cultural heritage. Their artworks have been presented at numerous international and national venues including Museum of Art and Design in New York, Queens Museum of Art in New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, He Xiangning Art Museum in China, ICA Boston, The Painting Center of New York, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Electronic Visualization & Arts at British Computer Society in London, ISEA–Intel Society of Electronic Arts in Istanbul, New York Artist Residency Foundation Gallery, Shanghai University Gallery, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, SIGGRAPH 2008, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, Dumbo Art Festival in New York, among many others.
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