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  • Cao Fei, Nova, 2019, HD video, color, sound, 109 minutes 53 seconds.

    Cao Fei, Nova, 2019, HD video, color, sound, 109 minutes 53 seconds.

    Cao Fei

    UCCA Center for Contemporary Art | UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心

    Recently asked what the world would look like in 2050, Cao Fei answered: “A democratic China presides over its global hegemony, as flights from New York to Beijing take thirty-nine minutes. Aliens have made first and friendly contact. I gladly sign a confidential agreement to participate in Hans Ulrich Obrist’s last project, which will send my remains to Mars.” Despite the Mars flight and aliens, this vision is hardly science fiction. In fact, Cao is putting a Chinese spin on a well-worn formula, one where state power cloaks itself in the language of democracy: the Washington Consensus.

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