Manual City

Mao Wei

Power Plant Gallery

Inspired by “Plato’s Cave,” Mao Wei created a magic lantern combined with a music box. The audience can use the handle to operate at different speeds and create their own songs to play alongside the world she has created. 


Mao Wei is an artist currently based in Durham, North Carolina. Her artwork creates realms that explore mediation and representation in the real world and critiques the functions of various media production approaches through photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media. These artificially include her reflections on virtual reality, dream and uncertainty. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Advance Art Museum, China; 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Japan; Louis Jones Brown Gallery,and Power Plant Gallery, North Carolina. She is currently an MFA candidate in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke. |


In keeping with Duke University’s COVID-19 plan which includes instituting a series of social distancing practices to protect the health and continuity of the community, the public events, performances, and screenings for the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Spring Thesis Exhibition have been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester. Updated information and schedule details will be posted here, and additionally at and across MFA|EDA, Duke Arts, and exhibition venue social media platforms.