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Cao Fei: Apocalypse Tomorrow

Experience an interactive game environment that re-imagines China's urban landscape.

The flash game installation Apocalypse Tomorrow depicts an expansive seascape where the viewer-player, as a stoic, surfboarding monk, must avoid obstacles made up of familiar architectural forms and monuments from China’s recent past. Videos from the RMB City project are composed of montaged scenes incorporating a multiplicity of characters—including Cao Fei’s avatar China Tracy—within a fictional city collaged from existing cities in turn-of-the-millennium China.

Presented as part of the exhibition Cao Fei: Simulus and as part of Yellow Signal: New Media in China, which takes place in various venues throughout Metro Vancouver between March and September.

Read the Cao Fai: Simulus exhibition brochure.

About the Artist

Cao Fei was born in Guangzhou, China, in 1978. She earned a BFA from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou, China (2001). Using a combination of personal narrative, fantasy forms, and dramatic inventions, Cao Fei has been highlighting the new economic order, and its effect on the personal lives of those negotiating China’s rapidly changing social systems. Cao Fei’s work has appeared in solo exhibitions at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand (2010), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2007); Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands (2006); and Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong (2006). She has participated in Utopia Matters, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); New Museum Triennial (2009); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2008); and Prospect.1 New Orleans (2008). Cao Fei lives and works in Beijing.

Image credit: A viewer plays Cao Fei's flash game Apocalypse Tomorrow at Surrey Art Gallery. Photo by Scott Massey.