Project: Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China

Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China is a multimedia installation that utilizes animation and emerging technologies to visualize the metamorphosis created by urbanization in China. With an outlook to the future through digital technologies, a retrospective into the past through the time-honored imagery of the traditional Chinese shadow play, and a reflection of the present through immersive fieldwork in modern China, the artists seek to present the unfolding of a monumental shift from agrarian to urban in Chinese society. The installation will include multi-channel video projections of animations, projections of a real-time virtual reality interface (Second Life), and an augmented reality installation that can be viewed with a smartphone or tablet in an exhibition space.

Awardee: Honglei Li

Moving Image, 2015

Honglei Li is a member of the artist collective Lily & Honglei.

Awardee: Xiying Yang

Moving Image, 2015

Lily Yang is a member of the artist collective Lily & Honglei.

Collab: Lily & Honglei

Utilizing traditional painting and new media such as digital animation, virtual reality and augmented reality, Lily & Honglei’s works intertwine current social issues with Chinese cultural heritage. The team has presented artworks at numerous international and national venues, including Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Queens Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, He Xiangning Art Museum in China, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, The Painting Center of New York, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, British Computer Society in London, ISEA in Istanbul, New York Artist Residency Studios, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and Dumbo Art Festival, among many others. Their projects received awards and grants from art institutions including the Museum of Arts and Design and for Net-Art commissions. Their recent artworks have been collected by the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University.