Cao Fei is the lead architect/designer of "RMB City," a huge art project on the online virtual world of Second Life. Collectors, artists and other members of the community drive the content of this web-based art site, for example creating virtual art and earning virtual money. Cao Fei's Second Life avatar is called China Tracy.  A commentary on rapid Chinese urban growth and real estate development, RMB City also serves as a model of how to collect internet-based art.  Much like video or performance art, virtual pieces can be transformed into limited-edition collectible objects.  Documentary photographs and promotional videos of the RMB City project, for example, have been sold for real money to collectors.
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Natasha DEGEN

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English

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11 Oct 2008

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The Financial Times, 11 Oct 2008, p. 6

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1

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