The youth and the virtual world compared with the real world are the favoured themes to explore of Cao Fei, artist born in 1978 in Guangzhou, China, but now living in Beijing. With her installations and videos, she picks apart the contradictions of her homeland and the world around her. Cao Fei: Blueprints is the title of the exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, her first large-scale personal exhibition in the UK, looking at her utopian and dystopian scenes, the alienating effects of automation in China, as well as the escapes from reality through platforms like Second Life. The continual transition between physical and virtual is underscored by the artist through her creation of surreal encounters and characters that embody our collective future based on the use of technology. At the centre of the exhibition, a new work entitled The Eternal Wave, produced in collaboration with Acute Art, but also a site-specific installation and her latest film, Nova. These three works represent the focus of her efforts on Beijing over the last five years, the urban changes of where she lives and works. One of her first works is also on display - Whose Utopia? from 2006, placed in dialogue with the recent film Asia One (2018), which looks at the modifications automation imposes on the human body and our perceptions.