The Great (Fire) Wall & Crystal Palace (the underwater city)

As a significant extension of Land of Illusion, this part of virtual constructions aims to unveil criticism on the critical condition of freedom of speech within the Internet culture.

The Great Fire Wall in fact refers to both the Great Wall of China and the notorious Golden Shield Project that implements the Internet censorship in China.

The Underwater City visualizes the cultural phenomena taking place in the Three Gorges Dam area, which threaten not only the thousands years of cultural heritage, but the natural environment, even the survival of the residents.

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Legend of Bao Si

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Great Fire Wall in Land of Illusion

The Great Firewall and Legend of Bao Si
Performance: Lily Jun (SL), environment design: Lily & Honglei, director: Lily Jun
Great Wall is probably one of the most important themes of Chinese folk tales. Legend of Bao Si is an old story  teaching a lesson about telling lies, or the obsessive results in loss.On the other hand, Great Firewall of China, or officially entitled “Golden Shield Project” in mainland China, is notorious  for implementing Internet censorship with support from western companies. The two historical instances  coincidentally obtain a similar vision: burning flames on the Great Wall. In “Land of Illusion”, Great Firewall virtual construction is located in the western section which is, according to Taoist philosophy, associated with elements “white, metal, autumn” and implies the rise of “yin”, or the force of death. When two layers of meaning become overlapped, an image of turbulent society emerges.
Wall & City - Western Section of "Land of Illusion"

Wall & City - Western Section of "Land of Illusion"

Legend of Xi Shi

Legend of Xi Shi

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace and Legend of Xi Shi
Performance: Lily Jun (SL), environment design: Lily & Honglei, director: Lily Jun

Crystal Palace is an underwater city in “Land of Illusion”. In Chinese folk tales, Crystal Palace is Dragon King’s residence, who collects all kinds of lost treasures from wrecks. Yet the visual design of the virtual underwater city is largely based on the submerged cultural sites in Three Gorges Dam area. Here, Xi Shi becomes a symbol of sacrifice for political struggle of ruling class. Unsurprisingly, the new combination of cultural symbols   reinterprets themes in ancient stories. The medium itself, virtual world, becomes a bridge between traditional, historical materials and Internet culture.

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