RMB CITY secondlife city planning, 2007
  • © Cao Fei. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton

    / Martin Argyroglo

  • © Cao Fei. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton

    / Martin Argyroglo

  • © Cao Fei. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton

    / Martin Argyroglo

  • © Cao Fei. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton

    / Martin Argyroglo

  • © Cao Fei. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton

    / Martin Argyroglo

"RMB City: A Second Life City Planning" is a postmodern amusement park whose name is an acronym of renminbi – the “people’s currency”. It offers a condensed image of rapidly evolving Chinese cities.

An imaginary island is home to landmarks jostling for space, including the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Grand Theatre, factories from northern China, the CCTV Tower by Rem Koolhaas, a Buddhist temple, a statue of Mao, the Three Gorges Dam and the National Stadium. This collision of traditional, communist and capitalist symbols highlights the complexities of modern China.
Interview of the Artist
Cao Fei talks about her meaning of "Bentu", and presents her artworks "RMB CITY secondlife city planning" and "Strangers".
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Cao Fei

Born in 1978, Guangzhou (China)
 

Inspired by popular and traditional sources – film, advertising, manga, theatre – Cao Fei makes videos and multimedia installations that explore relations between the real world, a collective utopia and the personal aspirations of a young Chinese generation immersed in a new culture, marked by the economic boom and growing access to the Internet. 

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