Lu Yang
Dance Dance Revolution Installation
Shanghai Biennale

For the 12th Shanghai Biennale 2018, Lu Yang created a large scale installation including modified arcade machines, LED displays, videos, and set design. For the installation, MetaObjects helped to create a Dance Dance Revolution game using an arcade cabinet modified with the artist’s characters, custom music, backgrounds and animations. Users can play the game by selecting characters, outfit, background, music and play using the dance pad. The exhibition titled Proregress by chief curator Cuauhtémoc Medina is on at the Power Station of Art from 10 November 2018 until 10 March 2019. The exhibition also features works by Ryoji Ikeda, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Nadim Abbas, Yang Fudong, C&G, Francis Alÿs, Alfredo Jarr, Seth Price, Samson Young, and many others.

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.