Lu Yang
‘Electromagnetic Brainology Live’
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

MetaObjects worked together with Shanghai based artist Lu Yang for her Electromagnetic Brainology Live performance for the closing event of the You Me OurSelfies exhibition presented by Videotage at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. The work features her 3D animated figures of Buddhist deities. For the performance, we used HTC Vive trackers to capture the movements of a live hip hop dancer (Ken Chung) to animate the characters. An interface was developed to allow Lu Yang to control the background environments, trigger effects, character costumes and camera movements live. The result was a high energy performance with music and live projection behind the dancer. An upgraded performance was later presented in Hangzhou at the Powerlong Art Centre.

About the artist

Lu Yang is a Shanghai-based artist who creates original and provocative experiences that celebrate the internet and its offer of control over one’s identity, partially liberated from the rigid confines of nationality, gender, and sexuality. Incorporating virtual reality, gaming subcultures, and popular music, Lu Yang’s work is as saturated with manga and anime influences as it is with religion, neurology, and the human body—interested not in the ends or means, but the pursuit of unexplored territory.

Lu Yang graduated with a BA and MA from the New Media Art department of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. Her work has been featured in exhibitions internationally including Lu Yang: Encephalon Heaven, M WOODS, Beijing (2017), People’s Republic of China Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015), KIMO KAWA CANCER BABY, Rén Space, Shanghai (2014). Notable projects include Delusional Mandala (2015), 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.