Lu Yang - Doku: Live Alone, Die Alone
Live Motion Capture Performance
ACMI, Melbourne

MetaObjects worked with Lu Yang to present a new iteration of Lu Yang’s live motion capture performance at ACMI Melbourne in March 2022. Doku: Live Alone, Die Alone features Lu Yang’s digital human avatar that is reincarnated into the six realms of the Buddhist cycle of death and rebirth: Heaven, Asura (Jealous gods), Human, Animal, Hungry Ghosts and Hell. The movements of dancers Harrison Hall and Imanuel Dado animate the 3D avatars displayed on screen with a DJ mix by Cloudy Ku.

MetaObjects developed the motion capture programme and visual effects in the environments controlled using an Xbox controller by Sam Mcgilp with the hell scene 3D design by Extreme John.

The performance was commissioned by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Arts Centre Melbourne, Asia TOPA and Exhibitionist, in collaboration with curator Mathew Spisbah.

About the artist

Lu Yang is a Shanghai-based artist who works across a variety of media including video, installation, animation, performance, motion-capture and games. Lu Yang's work explores existential issues about the nature of life through references in Chinese medicine, Buddhism and Japanese manga. Through navigating diverse fields from science, religion, psychology, neuroscience, medicine, games, popular culture and dance music, Lu Yang questions the belief that human control is privileged within the universe. Instead, the artist highlights the biological and material determinants of our condition, reminding us of our transient and fragile existence.

Lu Yang graduated with a BA and MA from the New Media Art department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where they are currently pursuing a PhD. Lu Yang’s works have been exhibited internationally in group shows, including the Kulturforum (Berlin), UCCA (Beijing), Centre Pompidou (Paris), 56th Venice Biennale 2015 China Pavilion, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Liverpool Biennial 2016, Shanghai Biennale 2012, Montreal International Digital Art Biennial 2016, Musée d’art contemporain of Lyon, Momentum (Berlin), Tampa Museum of Art, The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale and others. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions, including at Tokyo Spiral, M Woods Museum (Beijing), MOCA Cleveland, UCCA (Beijing) and others. In 2019, they were selected the BMW Art Journey winner to create a new ambitious motion-capture work. Lu Yang is represented by the gallery Société in Berlin.