Long March: Restart is a large scale video game installation created by Feng Mengbo. Mengbo invites users to play through the video game as a Red Army Communist soldier and brings together imagery from the Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. video games, propaganda from Communist China, and Coke-a-Cola cans.
Mengbo resists popular culture by juxtaposing contemporary images and characters from video games we all know with political imagery of the Chinese Communist Revolution. Additionally, the game is set on two large screens, where the character moves from one wall to the other, transforming the traditional gaming experience. Through this work, the player and the audience is forced to shift and move to keep up with the game’s protagonist, or hero, as opposed to the screen and game moving through the scene for us.
Long March: Restart is currently on view at the MOMA through April tenth.