Cao Fei‘s work is characterised by an ongoing exploration of virtuality, with a focus on how it has radically altered our perception both of reality and of self.
At the core of this exhibition we find three distinct elements: “The Eternal Wave”, a Virtual Reality Artwork premiered as part of Blueprints; a site-specific installation including elements of the artist’s studio in Beijing and her latest film “Nova”. These three interconnected works represents Cao Fei’s extensive research over the last five years, examining the social history and urban transformation of Jiuxianqiao, the Beijing’s district where she lives and works.
“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 the artist.