"Land of Illusion" - Reconstituting History and Culture in Virtual Reality (2008)

'Land of Illusion' is a web-based interactive project. Constructed in Second Life online virtual world, the work creates an in-between space reconstituting Chinese history and culture, collapsing past, present, and future into an amalgamation that visualizes a tranquil inner world usually ignored and denied by societies.

‘Land of Illusion’ interweaves tradition and globalization, and explores unlimited artistic possibilities offered in a virtual platform such as Second Life. Its virtual environment, architectures and performance components compose a multi-layered tale about freedom of thought and cultural isolation, and superimposes different Chinese traditions and folkloristic elements, both of its glorious past and elements from its chaotic and contradictory present. From the Great Wall in flame to the submerged ancient city near Three Gorges Dam, from the character of the silenced Chinese girl to the transformation of individuals, the work reveals symbols and visual metaphors pointing to current social issues.

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'Land of Illusion' is a web-based interactive project. Constructed in Second Life online virtual world, the work creates an in-between space reconstituting Chinese history and culture, collapsing past, present, and future into an amalgamation that visualizes a tranquil inner world usually ignored and denied by societies.

‘Land of Illusion’ interweaves tradition and globalization, and explores unlimited artistic possibilities offered in a virtual platform such as Second Life. Its virtual environment, architectures and performance components compose a multi-layered tale about freedom of thought and cultural isolation, and superimposes different Chinese traditions and folkloristic elements, both of its glorious past and elements from its chaotic and contradictory present. From the Great Wall in flame to the submerged ancient city near Three Gorges Dam, from the character of the silenced Chinese girl to the transformation of individuals, the work reveals symbols and visual metaphors pointing to current social issues.

'Land of Illusion', which meditates on personal and cultural identities, on foreignness and displacement, has been developed by ourselves as well as collaborating with artists globally on the Internet since the year 2006.

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