By Feng Mengbo (CND)

Ah_Q, which won the Award of Distinction Interactive Art, is an adaptation of Quake III, a game engine in which you have to kill or be killed by your ennemies.


In this version, the artist has replaced all the foes by himself as a war correspondent, armed with a video camera and a plasma rifle.

Players play with their feet on a dance-board (thus no keyboard nor joystick.)


The work bears also a strong autobiographical component as Feng is of the post-Cultural Revolution generation who came of age during the 1989 “incident” on Tiananmen Square. It reflects and critiques the Feng’s childhood aspiration to become a military painter as well as the collective trauma of certain historical moments of China’s recent past.
It also questions our fascination with violence and the darker side of human nature.


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