➔ Alien Invasion: Fu Manchu vs White Devil, Tone Balone, ARC Gallery, 1998 Sep 02 - 1998 Oct 23

Alien Invasion: Fu Manchu vs White Devil, Tone Balone, ARC Gallery, 1998 Sep 02 - 1998 Oct 23

Type: Exhibition

Information

Type

exhibition

Category

Programme ➔ External Programme

Date(s)

1998 Sep 05 (is beginning 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 at the Chinese Arts Centre on 2nd September. Due to the arson attack, the show was relocated to the the ARC Gallery, Oldham Street. The private view was held at the Manchester Craft Centre on the 5th September.

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