Residency at Shan Studio, Beijing (July 2010)
Residency at Shan Studio (www.shan-studio.com) in Beijing. Collaborated with media artist Sheng (Gogo) Jie, Founder and Director of Shan Studio, on the project “One Step Beyond Shanzhai: Virtually Fake”. The project explores China’s knock-off/ fake (shanzhai) consumer culture through the creation of a virtual “Shanzhai” Village in Second Life. The virtual village-cum-store called “Shan Villa” was used to conduct market research in the local hutong community. Participants were asked to comment on the use-value of new utopian consumer products in their virtual state that would be coming to consumer markets in the near future.