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.

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“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:

“TransForm” Exhibition Unveils DSL Cyber MOCA in the 10th Boston Cyberarts Festival

March 6, 2009 § 1 Comment

DSL Cyber Museum of Contemporary Art will be unveiled during the 10th Boston Cyberarts Festival  (April 24 – May 10, 2009) with exhibition “TransForm.”  Based on DSL Collection of  contemporary Chinese art, “TransForm” presents influential contemporary Chinese artists’ work, including installations by Huang Yongping, Xu Tan, Gu Wenda, Lin Yilin, multimedia by Wang Gongxin, photography by Yang Fudong and Zheng Guogu. The exhibition is held exclusively in DSL Cyber MOCA Second Life virtual environment.

Lily & Honglei, the curators and co-founders of DSL Cyber MOCA, state that “TransForm” exhibition can be seen as the very beginning of contemporary art collection’s presence in virtual world, in this sense it is  meaningful to the art world. The exhibition is not only intended to showcase contemporary art in a new format, but challenge audiences, artists and theorists to rethink the relations of digital environment and the most significant achievements of artists in the 21st century.

In the future, DSL Cyber MOCA will launch a series of exhibitions with museum quality artworks as well as emerging artists’ latest experimentation.

Exhibition inquiry:

Yuang Yongping

Huang Yongping

immigrant sans papier
….and in the early morning of the next day, I made some pictures with a digital camera in a nearby cattle farm. A local farmer stopped me and took my camera away, trying to remove the film. I hurried to find the curator, who could explain in Dutch that a digital camera doesn’t have a film.[…]

"TransForm" Exhibition - curated by Lily & Honglei

Yang Fudong

The First Intellectual

“An earlier work of Yang Fudong, the photographic triptych The First Intellectual from 2000 shows an urban intellectual. We see an injured man in a business suit. He is threatening to throw a brick, but there is no clear object against which to retaliate […]

TransForm exhibition - curated by  Lily & Honglei

Xu Tan

Xu Tan

Uniform motion accélération

9 small slowly rotating motors install under ceiling, some articles for daily use, local foods, were hanging by these small motors and rotated round and round. The suspenders were salty duck, bra, injection equipment, 2 drug bottles (a black and a fluorescent pink), roast chicken, calabash and lucky amulet(with Mao Zedong’s portrait), and several fast lunch boxes with foods were on ground. […]

Gu Wenda

Gu Wenda

Deformed Characters
A handful of Chinese characters – seven, maybe only six and a half or even eight – float within a cloudily washed, black, grey and dimly white picture space. They are big and composed of the usual components of Chinese characters, they are clearly written, they create a solemn and aloft atmosphere and they remain ultimately un-intelligible.[…]

Lin Yilin

Lin Yilin

Standart series of Ideal Residence
Walls created from steel-bars and brick. Some impenetrable to sight and movement, some leaving open spaces to look through. In their brutal texture they remind one of construction sites – or vice versa of buildings demolished to make room for something new. The walls may be part of residences, as the title of the work indicates, or walls around something, markers of inclusion and exclusion.[…]


Zheng Guogu

Me and My Teacher
Starting from May 1997, Zheng Guogu found this person who is mad and has no education, in his photo piece “Me and my teacher”. He has followed the madman in Yangjiang and took pictures of his actions at all times and places for half year. Zheng Guogu was inspired by the madman who lives on the street.[…]
TransForm - curated by Lily & Honglei

Planting Geese
“On the large surface of the image three geese make a nice diagonal cut from lower left to upper right. Basically a traditional pattern of painterly composition, in that case the geese are the motif of a photograph and the bigger part of their bodies is dug into the soil […]

Wang Gongxin

Wang Gongxin

Baby Talk
In Baby Talk (1996), a suspended projector is hanging from the ceiling, projecting images of facial expressions of six adults: the parents, the paternal grandparents and the maternal grandparents, teasing and playing with a baby. These images are projected on the surface of a cradle. This cradle is actually a mini pool filled with milk.[…]

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