In her videos and multiplatform installations, Chinese artist Cao Fei mixes fantasy, documentary, and virtual reality to reflect on the ways China’s rapidly changing economy has transformed the everyday lives and imaginations of its citizens. Her latest film, Haze and Fog (2013) is a darkly humorous reinterpretation of the zombie film set in Beijing. Here the undead are real estate agents, nouveau riche businessmen, security guards, and manicurists seeking contact in an increasingly individualized, materialistic, and alienating society. Cao accompanies the film with her haunting 2007 short i.Mirror, recorded entirely in the virtual world of Second Life, and a discussion of her practice to date.
2007–13, China, multiple formats, ca 80 min + discussion
In Mandarin with English subtitles
$11 General public
$6 Film Center members
$7 All students