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Lily & Honglei on Using Old Stories to Heal New Wounds

For the interdisciplinary artist couple Lily & Honglei, augmented reality is a bridge that allows them to connect gaps in time and space in order to create spaces for healing. Their current public art installation, “The Red String,” uses the technology to animate their paintings and bring traditional Chinese folktales into present-day NYC. “We found a lot of similarities between Asian immigrants’ life and ancient Chinese folk stories,” said Honglei. “Those hundred-year-old stories can be easily related to people suffering today.” The Amp’s editor Shannon Lee spoke to Lily & Honglei about their work, their use of augmented reality, and their experiences as Chinese immigrant artists living and working in NYC.
By Shannon Lee
By Shannon Lee