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 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.