Lu Yang - DOKU, The Binary World
Networked Live Motion Capture Performance
Freespace and Sydney Opera Houss

MetaObjects co-produced and developed a networked live motion capture performance with Lu Yang as a collaboration with dancers in Sydney and Hong Kong interacting in a shared virtual environment. The work Doku, The Binary World explores binaries in a networked performance between Hong Kong's Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District and Sydney Opera House from 7-9 Oct 2022.

The high-energy audiovisual experience draws on Buddhist philosophy, club culture, video games and the aesthetics of anime. Embodying the avatar forms of Lu Yang's genderless digital reincarnation Doku - Dokusho Dokushi, “We are born alone, we die alone” - the dancers present binary combinations of deities from the six realms of Buddhist reincarnation: Heaven and Hell, Human and Animal, Hungry Ghosts and Asura (Jealous gods). The performance includes music by liiii and virtual visual effects manipulated live by a game controller.

A motion capture demonstration workshop led by MetaObjects was held jointly with audiences in both venues on 8th Oct. Additionally, a panel discussion Beyond Binaries: Digital Performance in a Post-COVID Era was held on 28 Sept at Eaton HK with speakers Lu Yang, Stuart Buchanan, Head of Digital Programming, Sydney Opera House, Karen Cheung, Acting Head of Contemporary Performance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District, Mat Spisbah, Artistic Director, Exhibitionist, Ashley Lee Wong, Artistic Director, MetaObjects.

Co-presented by:
Freespace and Sydney Opera House

Co-presented by:
MetaObjects and The Exhibitionist

Core Team:
Artist: Lu Yang
Musician/Composer: liiii
Production and Development (Sydney): Exhibitionist
Production and Development (Hong Kong): MetaObjects
Hell Environment 3D Design: Extreme John

Hong Kong Live Performance:
Producer: Dr Ashley Lee Wong
Technical Lead: Andrew Crowe
Technical Assistant and AV Coordinator: Edwin Lo
Choreographer and Dancer: Kenny Leung
The programme in Hong Kong is part of “Creative Tomorrow” exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Sydney Live Performance:
Producer: Mathew Spisbah
Motion Capture Technician AV Coordinator: Dr Sam McGilp
Choreographer: Harrison Hall
Dancer: Taiga Kita-Leong
Motion capture equipment sponsor: Noitom

About the artist

Lu Yang is an artist who works across video, installation, animation, performance, motion capture and games. Lu Yang graduated with an MA in New Media Art from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. Lu Yang’s work explores existential issues about the nature of life through references to Chinese medicine, neuroscience, popular culture and religion.

Lu Yang has presented solo exhibitions at Zabludowicz Collection, London (2022), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (2021), Spiral, Tokyo (2018), M Woods Museum, Beijing (2017), and many others. Lu Yang was selected for the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale and has featured new work in The Milk of Dreams exhibition at the 2022 Venice Biennale. Lu Yang won the BMW Art Journey award in 2019 and was selected as Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year in 2022.