Live in RMB City by Cao Fei

Cao Fei has established an international reputation as one of the most inventive and original Chinese artists of her generation.


Length: 25 minutes
Art Fund grant:
£19,493 ( Total: £19,493)
Acquired in:
Vitamin Creative Space

Her work in film and video critiques contemporary China and the conflicts between capitalist consumer culture and communist ideology. This video work is part of the acclaimed RMB City series which uses the idea of the Utopian or ideal city as a framework for examining aspects of Chinese and global culture. She has created a Second Life on-line urban community inhabited by the avatars of herself, her friends and fellow artists. It is a realm in which the imagination has free rein but retains the architectural and cultural icons of the real world transformed into a spectacular, shimmering metropolis. Live in RMB City is the culmination of this major series in which the artist in the person of her avatar, China Tracy, takes us on a conducted tour of the virtual city. Presented by the Art Fund through Art Fund International.

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 348 8000

Entry details

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