Xia Han

The Last Watcher

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Anima+
Electronic Language International Festival

The Last Watcher is a third-person video game. The story happens after a devastating nuclear war; humans almost disappeared. Most of people stored their awareness in a virtual system in a super spacecraft and sent it to the TRAPPIST-1, but still a few people live in Earth. Survivors built a new civilization on the waste land; they modify their bodies to adapt to the new world. For example, they have a microchip that connects with the visual nerve: the sights will output pleasant colors to the brain, which can make them be peaceful. In this work, you will play a little boy, #931127, trying to find the truth behind the story through a series of adventures.

Xia Han is a Chinese artist who focuses on the ethics of technology, including environment, biology and information of technoethics. His works is usually set in an unreal word or a virtual landscape; most of them are pessimistic about the future. Recently, he is exploring the unique language from video game engine.