Instruction for Visiting DSL Cyber MOCA

March 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

go to DSL Cyber MoCA website

(If you are already a Second Life user, please start from Step 3)

Step 1.

Register a free Second Life (SL) account with this link:

Step 2.

Download and install Second Life software (as instructed in the Registration or with the link below)

Step 3.

Link to DSL Cyber MoCA:

Click on the image below to open the page, then click the “Teleport” button.

cyber moca "teleport" page

Step 4.

Log in SL with your user name and password.


Step 5. Once logged in, you will find yourself is in front of DSL Cyber MOCA –


As advised, click on the sign, the Location Menu (in the red circle) will pop up. Select any gallery you wish to visit.

entrance of Cyber MOCA
(click to enlarge) choose gallery from Location Menu


Artworks in DSL Collection of Chinese contemporary art are on view in 4 galleries : Photography Gallery, Painting & Print Gallery, Installation Gallery and  New Media Gallery. Similar to  using any computer game’s interface, by controlling the movement of  “avatar”  (representation of oneself in SL ), one can walk even “fly” around to see the exhibits in DSL Cyber MOCA. Alternately, a device called “Teleporter”( in the red circle) is provided for navigating from one gallery to another –

(click to enlarge) "Teleporter" - navigation device
(click to enlarge) use “Teleporter” to navigate
Photography Gallery
(click to enlarge) Photography Gallery
(click to enlarge) an "avatar" viewing in Installation Gallery
(click to enlarge) an “avatar” in Installation Gallery
(click to enlarge) New Media Gallery
(click to enlarge) New Media Gallery

have an immersive experience of contemporary art studies

in DSL Cyber Museum of Contemporary Art

For questions, please contact:

In Second Life: Lily Jun


“Land of Illusion” by Lily & Honglei (杨熙瑛, 李宏磊)

March 17, 2009 § 2 Comments

Since being launched in 2007, virtual installations, multimedia presentations and online performances have been launched in “Land of Illusion.”  Artists Lily & Honglei (杨熙瑛, 李宏磊)aim to make the virtual world a space developing new art forms, experimenting  new media  as vehicles conveying rich cultural meanings, especially exploring the relationship between aesthetic traditions and digital arts. 

“Land of Illusion” Virtual Construction (also view video): the large-scaled virtual installation in Second Life includes following five major constructions.

Grand View Garden

(eastern section)


The riotous and lonely garden once merely existed in our silent imagination… It’s disassociated, drifting in-between the history and trend, traditions and identities, yet always persisting in inherent dream and childhood recollection. Such inextinguishable inner existence, like an eye, is gazing at all occurrences, the vicissitude, the struggle with losses, then passing through the dust and fog, until met the fellow traveler…

Red Chamber Courtyard

(central section)

Lily & Honglei - China new media art

How many years, this garden has been alive in our mind and body, despite thrive or deterioration, grows in the samsara, finally extends to the cyberspace, reaches the edge of physical reality…

Great Firewall

(western section)

Lily & Honglei - China new media art

…it has been opened widely, becomes a shareable dreamland with ocean and sky for gaming, meditating and lamenting. Step by step, we are establishing “Land of Illusion,” which achieves cultural reflection through Chinese art tradition, especially the folk art expressions, while Second Life multi-user virtual environment increases its social function significantly.

Crystal Palace

(underwater section)


Here, we use the ancient language to narrate today’s story. It is an extended dream of being a real individual, and bridging ancestors’ spirit and the deepest self …

Heavenly Palace

(upper section)

lily & honglei - new media art

“Land of Illusion” is also a paradise of gamers, staying away from material reality, waiting for brave visionary’s visit. The game is fun, simple, innovative, and uncompromising. With given rules, one needs to found rather than chasing. Discovering, preserving and promoting cultural tradition, the profoundness is beyond the impetuous development. We are not short on value, but tend to get lost in the social transformations. Yet being solitude and rethinking perhaps appear unbearable. To maintain the independent thought and free expression as a human, we need to build our community with members participating this creative game. The Internet time and digital reality have made the promise to fulfill the dream.


Net-art & Cultural Studies:  “Land of Illusion” net-art project interprets themes in Chinese history and folk tales by deploying animation, sound, digital video components and interaction online, and is designed to challenge the existing artistic approaches, also explore new ways of communication in an increasingly globalized world.

hongleiAs new media artists, on one hand, we propose using digital media and communication technologies, the effective and relatively low cost approaches, to enhance dialogue and collaboration in artist, intellectual communities global wide; on the other hand, we submit a constructive plan based on our several years dedicated work in reinterpreting folklore culture of China with  digital art, which aims to cause awareness in audiences and artist community to rethink the cultural impact of globalization, the value of tradition, especially, view our own heritage with a fresh eye, and translate them into a global language with digital arts, therefore contributing to studies of culture and value in the Internet age.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

“Butterfly Lovers” – Excerpt of Trilogy “Peacocks Flies Southeast”

Visit “Land of Illusion” in Second Life, please click here. If you don’t have a free Second Life account, register from here.

For more information about Lily & Honglei, please visit:


March 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

Report from Fourth Arts Block

Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC) & Fourth Arts Block cordially invite you and a guest to an open house…
Let us stimulate you with complimentary wine & food as well as performances of dance, film, music and art on three floors at DMAC. (Why? Because boy do we need it now.)

Monday, March 16, 2009
Doors open at 6:45PM

7:15PM Main Theatre – Cocktails & Performance
I.M.D Project from Yin Yue Dance Company
Get Me Out Of Here
Choreographer: Yin Yue
Dancers: Clare Cook, Christina Noel Reaves, Leah Schrager, Yin Yue
Musicians: Jenna Barvitski, Ben Engel, Seth Lieberman, Travis Stewart
Video: Hunter Herrick

7:45PM Emergence (3rd Floor gallery) – Stimulating buffet and Digital +New Media Exhibit

Featuring works by Mirjana Ciric, Jeremy Newman (USA), Neil Ira Needleman(USA), Jonathan Monaghan( USA), Meg Oakley (Australia), Andre Sier (Portugal), Lee Arnold (USA), Lily & Honglei (China/USA), A. Jacob Galle (USA), Jen-Kuang Chang (USA), Peter Prautzsch (Germany), and Shani Peters (USA).

8:30PM Dance Studio B (4th Floor) – Studio Performance TBA

9:00PM Main Theatre – NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Screening
Word on the $treet Comedy Directed by: Nick Barbieri A young latino drug dealer finds himself way over his head. Partying within the New York City nightlife is pushing him over the edge he owes his ruthless boss money that he does not have and corrupt cops are trying to kill him. Crime in the big apple has never been this funny.

DMAC 62 East 4th Street East Village, NYC USA
RSVP required by Monday March 16, 2009 at Noon.

Stimulation guaranteed.

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