Feng Mengbo (1966-Present)

Feng Mengbo was born, raised in Beijing, China, where he also currently works.

In 1985, he graduated from the Design Department of the Beijing School of Arts and Crafts, and then in 1991 he graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. While also a painter, he considers himself to be a video game artist. He is known for introducing different spins on numerous moments from Chinese stories, history, and icons through the use of digital media.

The Long March: Restart, 1994

The Long March: Restart, which he created in 1994, is one example of the video games Mengbo created. In this fully operational two-dimensional game, the player controls Mao Zedong during the Red army’s 5,000-mile march of the Chinese Civil War. In addition to themes of Communist China propaganda, it contains throwbacks to other popular games such as Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter II. The game is displayed on two 80-foot long projection screens, creating a hallway for visitors to walk through.

The Long March: Restart, 1994, single screen view

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(Jonathan Helms)