Paradise of the Assassins (2008)

The virtual world happenings "Paradise of the Assassins" are performed by the team members who are from China, Japan, America and Australia, and connected only by the Internet. They live the historical figures’ lives while retaining their “real-life” identities. Their performances are rooted in Chinese legends, literature and folklore, yet randomly altered when a stranger, that can be either the audience or a virtual world visitor, interrupts. Sometimes confronting, ridiculous, sometimes disappointing or silently enlightening. These conflicts are multi-facets while cultural unfamiliarity plays a significant role. During the happening, both audiences and performers may find themselves lost in their ambiguous identities. Here, the line between real and unreal, fiction and truth, east and west, past and present becomes so fine. In the gallery, projection and computer workstation will allow viewers to interact with virtual encounters while immersing in an eastern fantasy landscape. The performance takes place in "Land of Illusion", ...

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The virtual world happenings "Paradise of the Assassins" are performed by the team members who are from China, Japan, America and Australia, and connected only by the Internet. They live the historical figures’ lives while retaining their “real-life” identities. Their performances are rooted in Chinese legends, literature and folklore, yet randomly altered when a stranger, that can be either the audience or a virtual world visitor, interrupts. Sometimes confronting, ridiculous, sometimes disappointing or silently enlightening. These conflicts are multi-facets while cultural unfamiliarity plays a significant role. During the happening, both audiences and performers may find themselves lost in their ambiguous identities. Here, the line between real and unreal, fiction and truth, east and west, past and present becomes so fine. In the gallery, projection and computer workstation will allow viewers to interact with virtual encounters while immersing in an eastern fantasy landscape. The performance takes place in "Land of Illusion", a platform in Second Life for launching net-art, studying social space, cultural identities and globalization in the Internet era.

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