Art
779 Hypes 0 Comments

Cao Fei Presents 'Duotopia' Exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin

Caught between fiction and reality, the solo show reflects on what it means to be human amidst the changing tides of the 21st century.

Over the course of human history, civilization has always been caught in a state of flux, a tension that ebbs and flows between tradition and modernity. Nowhere is this thought perhaps most present in the technology that has guided us throughout and continues to change the way we experience daily life, as a result. A constant observer of culture, Chinese artist Cao Fei has dedicated the past 20 years to understanding what it means to be human amidst the rapid advancements ushered in by the 21st century.

On view now at Sprüth Magers Berlin is a new solo exhibition where Fei transforms the entire gallery into an unworldly think-space that ruminates on the blurring lines between reality and the growing digital realm of the metaverse. Well-known for her elaborate scenography, each aspect of the gallery has been layered with unique approaches to lighting and colored window panes to wall decals and LED monitors that are made to imbue a feeling of transcendence.

Complementing the interior are a series of films and installations showcasing some of Fei’s most recent works, such as Isle of Instability (2020), which documents the early stages of quarantine in Singapore, where the artist created a faux island in her living room for her daughter as an escape from the confines of lockdown; as well as Nova (2019), a melancholic tale exploring concepts of time, space and fictional geopolitics. In the latter, a Chinese scientist is trying to crack the mystery of time travel with a Russian scientist, whom he falls in love with. As the story unfolds, he accidentally traps his son in a space time continuum — setting the stage for a series of retro-futuristic escapades.

If one were to ponder the on the idea of time travel, usually what comes to mind — more than just experiencing the period itself, with all its nuances — is an insistence on whether an event actually unfolded in the way it has been recorded. Fei’s work, however, is “neither about ordering and archiving things nor about revealing forgotten histories,” as she’s recounted in the past, but rather, both a dramatic and frantic meditation on social upheavals, physical and virtual spaces, along with age-old themes pertaining love and grief.

Fei will also be debuting newer works for the first time outside China, such as Meta-mentary (2022), in which everyday people were interviewed about their thoughts pertaining the metaverse. When asked what they’d do in the virtual world, one man responded: “I would probably try to leave.”

The title of the exhibition, Duotopia, stems from the Mandarin word, “多 (duō)”, which means many — lending each film and installation to many different possibilities, where past and present, promise and peril, virtual and physical are conflated to meditate on the uncertainty of the times. As one of her largest solo shoes to date, Duotopia will be on view at Sprüth Magers until August 19.

Elsewhere, Othelo Gervacio meditates on the cycle of life in Mind Flowers.

Sprüth Magers
Oranienburger Straße 18
10178 Berlin

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

JOOPITER Hosts Charitable Auction of Works by Influential Artist Ernie Barnes
Art

JOOPITER Hosts Charitable Auction of Works by Influential Artist Ernie Barnes

Proceeds to benefit the Yetunde Price Resource Center.

Kenny Scharf Partners with the New York Academy of Art on a Limited Edition Print
Art

Kenny Scharf Partners with the New York Academy of Art on a Limited Edition Print

Proceeds of the sale will help fund a new scholarship by the institution.

Rhymezlikedimez Reveals "Skate To The Sun" Collectible
Art

Rhymezlikedimez Reveals "Skate To The Sun" Collectible

Releasing only 150 units.

Meet Tomas Gittins, the Manchester-Based Artist Facing The Truth with His "POORTRAITS"
Art 

Meet Tomas Gittins, the Manchester-Based Artist Facing The Truth with His "POORTRAITS"

Hypebeast caught up with the emerging talent to discuss using art for therapy, his inspirations, and what more can be done to support up-and-coming talent.

Holly Hendry Unveils Sinuous Sculpture Atop London Rooftop
Art

Holly Hendry Unveils Sinuous Sculpture Atop London Rooftop

Her first public commission in the British capital.


Photographer Jérôme Favre Looks to Subvert the Image of Millwall Football Fans
Art

Photographer Jérôme Favre Looks to Subvert the Image of Millwall Football Fans

‘No One Likes Us’ is a new book that documents his experiences with the notorious London club.

For Kotao Tomozawa, “SLIME” Is Both a Mask and a Medium That Reverts Her Back to a Blank Slate
Art 

For Kotao Tomozawa, “SLIME” Is Both a Mask and a Medium That Reverts Her Back to a Blank Slate

At her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Kotao details how her adolescence and idol-experience shaped her artistic vision.

Othelo Gervacio Meditates on the Cycle of Life in ‘Mind Flowers'
Art

Othelo Gervacio Meditates on the Cycle of Life in ‘Mind Flowers'

Going on view at CONTROL Gallery in Los Angeles from July 29 to August 26.

Joan Cornellà Set to Release ‘Idiotmeter Man’ Sculpture via AllRightsReserved
Art

Joan Cornellà Set to Release ‘Idiotmeter Man’ Sculpture via AllRightsReserved

Dropping exclusively on the DDTStore on July 20.

Hypermaremma, Terraforma & K-Way Present Charlemagne Palestine at La Ferriera
Art

Hypermaremma, Terraforma & K-Way Present Charlemagne Palestine at La Ferriera

Set against a 19th-century villa, renowned for its picturesque gardens.

More ▾
 
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.