Lily & Honglei

The Dragon’s Pearl

Dragon, the imaginary almighty creature, is the symbol of power in Chinese culture. Inspiring personal and national ambitions in both ancient and contemporary China, this cultural icon is vividly alive throughout Chinese history. In this context, the AR installation visualizes how this thousand-year-old unreal creature has affected Chinese people’s mindset and thinking.

About The Artists

As a new media artist collective, Lily & Honglei (Xiying Yang, Honglei Li) work in both New York and Beijing China. Their projects utilize traditional painting techniques and digital imaging technologies including animation, virtual reality, and augmented reality on mobile phones, which construct an in-between space reflecting Chinese cultural heritages and current social issues in the context of globalization. Lily & Honglei both studied fine arts in China and continued their education in art in the States. Lily Xiying Yang received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media from College of Visual and Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts, while Honglei Li earned his MFA degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Lily & Honglei have exhibited art projects internationally, with solo exhibitions in Germany, China, Australia and United States. As members of Manifest.AR, they have participated in a series of augmented reality art exhibitions including Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention at Nurture Art Gallery in New York, Gradually Melt the Sky at Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn New York, Boston CyberArt Festival at Institute of Contemporary Art in Massachusetts, among others.

Artists’ Website : Lily & Honglei – New Media Art from China

Other (Un)seen Sculptures By This Artist

The Butterfly Lovers
Crystal Coffin – the Virtual China Pavilion