➔ Exhibition: 'Alien Invasion: Fu Manchu vs White Devil', Tone Balone, 2 September - 23 October 1998

Exhibition: 'Alien Invasion: Fu Manchu vs White Devil', Tone Balone, 2 September - 23 October 1998

Type: Exhibition

Information

Date(s)

1998 Sep 05 (has start date) ; 1998 Oct 23 (has end date)

History

Shown as part of ISEA98 and Digital Summer 98, the installation featured a video game developed by artist Tone Balone (synonym of digital artist Anthony Ward) which could also be played using Sun Microsoft Kiosks around Manchester City centre.

Aiming to provide a basis and perspective to tackle the complex issue of identity in multi-racial Britain and finding inspiration from the 'Space Invaders' and 'Breakout' games of the 70s, the work explores the levels of discrimination and bigotry (past and present) towards Chinese people in Britain. Compiling a satirical cast of characters of the Chinese as seen by the British, and forced into lowest dominator of name-calling and role-playing – the public choose to play defending an Imperial Britain from invasion of the big head of Fu Manchu, or as an immigrants dodging bullets loaded with xenophobic abuse.

The exhibition was due to open on the 2nd September, but was relocated to the ARC Gallery on Oldham Street after a fire a the Centre. The private view was held at the Manchester Craft Centre on the 5th September.

Related People and Organisations

Chinese Arts Centre, 1989-2013 (organised)
Manchester Craft and Design Centre, (1982-) (Held)
Arc Gallery Store, Manchester (Held)
Balone, Tone (participated in)

Related Places

Manchester (was location of)

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