Lu Yang Electromagnetic Brainology Live at Powerlong Art Centre, Hangzhou

For the grand opening of the new Powerlong Art Centre in Hangzhou, Lu Yang presented a new and upgraded version of her Electromagnetic Brainology Live motion capture performance. The performance was presented during the opening ceremony of the centre alongside video installations of her work in a group exhibition title Nine Tomorrows curated by Yao Dajuin.

For the performance, MetaObjects worked with the virREAL Centre for Art and Technology, China Academy of Art to use their motion capture OptiTrack system. Over the week in the lead up to the event, we worked with Lu Yang and dancer Jin Xin to create a high energy audiovisual performance. Effects, backgrounds and camera movement were controlled by the artist live with choreographed movements mapped to 3D avatars of Buddhist deities. The environments creates an immersive underworld of our digital afterlife. A video derived from the performance is presented in the exhibition alongside other video works by Lu Yang. The performance was followed by and evening of audiovisual performances with a larges scale digital art exhibition featuring VR, installation, robotic and kinetic artworks by international artists including Elena Knox and Katsumi Watanabe, Victoria Vesna, Daito Manabe and Rhizomatiks Research. The exhibition is on display from 4 May until 4 August 2018. Read more about the exhibition.

About the artist

Lu Yang (b.1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist who creates fantastical, often morbid visions of death, sexuality (or a-sexuality), mental illness, and neurological constructs of both real lifeforms and deities. Deeply immersed in the subcultures of anime, video games, and sci-fi, Lu Yang taps into the enormous influence of Japanese cultural imports on a particular generation in China (those born in the 1980s) as means for provocative imagination that never fails to fascinate, bewilder, and even enrage her audience. Lu Yang earned two degrees from the new media art department of the China Academy of Arts, and has been featured in important solo and group exhibitions at venues such as the UCCA in Beijing, Centre Pompidou, and DFB Performance Gallery (Chicago), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Momentum (Berlin), and Tampa Museum of Art. Some of her notable projects include Kimo Kawa Cancer Baby (2014), Uterus Man (2013), and Wrathful King Kong Core (2011), often in collaboration with performers, designers, experimental composers, and controversial figures such as Mao Sugiyama.