SHADOW PLAY: TALES OF URBANIZATION OF CHINA (Phase II)
by Lily & Honglei Art Studio

PROJECT OVERVIEW

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 about 2030. 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. Weaving three interfaces, namely video installation in physical space, virtual reality (VR) in cyberspace and augmented reality (AR) on mobile phones, the multimedia art project visualizes the metamorphosis that results from the urbanization process. With 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.

GALLERY INSTALLATION (in-progress)

Lily & Honglei, Chinese contempoary art, Chinese shadow puppetry, Asian Art

Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, shadow puppetry, Chinese contemporary art
Shadow Play at Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art & Studies, 2016.
Photography courtesy of Shir Meller-Yamaguchi, museum curator.

 

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VIRTUAL REALITY INSTALLATION
(video documentation of VR in cyberspace. HD available)

Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, Chinese shadow puppetry, urbanization of China

Lily & Honglei, media art, Chinese shadow puppetry, Asian Art, contmporary Chinese art

Screenshot of virtual reality installation "Underground City" in Shadow Play, Chapter III.
Courtesy of Lily & Honglei Art Studio, 2016

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AUGMENTED REALITY INSTALLATION
(on mobile devices)

 

Lily & Honglei present "Shadow Play" at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat from Creative Capital on Vimeo.

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Read essays on Shadow Play here