Lu Yang (born in Shanghai, based in Shanghai) deftly deploys the latest 3D modeling and motion capture technology to make works on video. In contrast to their intense, pop appearance, the meditative life and death-themed content of his works, informed by science, philosophy, neuroscience and religion, draws on computer games, manga, anime and Japanese aidoru (idol) culture to deliver razor-sharp critiques of contemporary society.
This edition of MAM Screen will take a close-up look at the realm of Lu Yang’s art, via a lineup centering on his latest work, The Great Adventure of Material World - Game Film (2020), which offers observations on modern materialism in the setting of a virtual game world, and including a documentary on the making of his work.
1. DOKU - Hello World 2020 3 min. 25 sec.
2. The Great Adventure of Material World - Game Film 2020 26 min. 22 sec.
3. Electromagnetic Brainology - Brain Control Messenger 2019 10 min. 7 sec.
4. Lu Yang Delusional Mandala 2015 16 min. 26 sec.
Total duration of the screening is approximately 57 minutes and it is scheduled to begin running at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 (On Tuesdays, the last screening begins at 16:00 as the Museum closes at 17:00).
Born 1984 in Shanghai and currently based in Shanghai. Lu Yang studied under Zhang Peili (b. 1957), a pioneer of video art in China, at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and obtained a master’s degree in 2010. The following year, he took part in a group exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, and began working internationally.
Lu Yang’s major solo exhibitions in recent years include: Delusional Mandala at Fotografiska (Stockholm, 2019); Electromagnetic Brainology at Spiral (Tokyo, 2018); Encephalon Heaven at M WOODS (Beijing, 2017); and Lu Yang: Delusional Mandala at Cleveland Museum of Art (USA, 2017), while his notable international exhibitions include the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014.