Peacock Flying Southeast Trilogy
A video installation in both physical space and virtual world, consisting of large-scaled oil paintings, animated graphics and soundtrack. The Trilogy consists of Peacock Flying Southeast, The Fourth Cry of the Monkey, and Butterfly Lovers, which took two years to complete. The creative process is deeply rooted in and inspired by Chinese folklore traditions, including folk stories, music and opera costume from ancient China. For many years, the artists have immersed themselves in rich cultural heritages to achieve reflections upon Chinese history and society.
Artist – Lily & Honglei
Lily & Honglei, the artist team from Beijing, China, work as new-media artist, designer, educator, blogger and curator. Their creativity and activities aim to promote development of new media, net-art and virtual-world-art in China, provoke free-thinking, as well as making serious social, political and cultural commentaries in cyberspace.
Lily & Honglei are currently based in Massachusetts, USA. They founded “Land of Illusion” project in Second Life in 2007, a platform generating virtual-world performance and exhibitions, hosting symposiums and forums for Chinese cultural studies. Lily & Honglei’s digital art projects emphasize interpreting Chinese cultural traditions, particularly folklore themes, with contemporary approaches, creating new expressions in the contexts of Internet culture and globalization.
Lily & Honglei’s net-art projects, video installations and multimedia work have been presented in Broadway Gallery in SOHO New York, NY Arts Beijing Gallery in Beijing, Upgrade! Boston new media art presentation, ImageRadio New Media Festival in Netherlands, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery in LA, ElectroFringe Festival of Electronic Arts & Culture in Australia, Art Program at Monash University in Australia, Chinese Culture & Art Program at American Library Association in New York, Rencontres Internationales in France, Main University Gallery at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Axiom New Media Gallery in Boston, among many others. They both hold BFA degrees from Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, MFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. While teaching art in colleges in Boston, Lily and Honglei are also dedicated blogger and curators supporting Internet-art and experimental new media in mainland China.
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