Serpentine Gallery, London, presents with Cao Fei ?Blueprints? a photo, film and

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Serpentine Gallery, London, presents with Cao Fei ‘Blueprints’ a photo, film and multimedia installation by Chinese artists Cao Fei on automation, virtuality & technology

“We are living in an age of rapid technology. We need to know that virtuality has changed the way reality works,” says Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei. In her latest exhibition in London’s Serpentine Gallery (thru 17 May 2020), she creates a virtual world with the aid of film, photography, digital media and installations, themed upon the transformation of the Peking district Jiuxianqiao in which she lives.

“For me virtuality is a means to express myself, to understand reality, which is what I’m interested in. I use writing and film too, but we are living in an age of rapid technology and in this context, we need to know that virtuality has changed the way reality works. And to do this we need to be part of it.” says Cao Fei

Serpentine Gallery: Cao Fei is a multi-media artist and filmmaker based in Beijing. Video, digital media, photography and objects all play a role in the artist’s engagement with an age of rapid technological development. This exhibition brings together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology that Cao Fei continuously draws upon.

Born in 1978 in Guangzhou, Cao Fei is one of the most innovative young Chinese artists to have emerged on the international scene. Presently living in Beijing, she mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.

 

 


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