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Contemporary

Lu Yang

Lu Yang - Encephalon Heaven - M Woods, Beijing, 2018Courtesy: M Woods, Beijing
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Lu Yang - Encephalon Heaven - M Woods, Beijing, 2018
Courtesy: M Woods, Beijing

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Lu Yang - The Great Adventure of Material World - Game Film, 2021 - video installation (4K), 26:22 min.

Lu Yang - Electromagnetic brainology - Installation view - Spiral Garden, Tokyo, 2018
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Lu Yang - Electromagnetic brainology - Installation view - Spiral Garden, Tokyo, 2018

Lu Yang - False Awakening - Installation view - kunstpalais Erlangen 2022
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Lu Yang - False Awakening - Installation view - kunstpalais Erlangen 2022

Lu Yang - Digital descending - Installation View - ARoS Museum of Modern Art - 2021 Courtesy: Anders Sune Berg
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Lu Yang - Digital descending - Installation View - ARoS Museum of Modern Art - 2021
Courtesy: Anders Sune Berg

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Lu Yang - LuYang Delusional World/ LuYang Hell, 2021 -
Video installation (4K), 30:57 min.

With a fascination of the human body, neurology and control, Lu Yang's works provide a bridge between scientific technology and aesthetics drawn from the hypermediated nature of the contemporary East Asian culture industry. Lu Yang professes to 'live on the internet' and Lu's works appear as a poetic madness of internet-era politics, religion, technology and consumerism.

Lu Yang often works with artists, designers, illustrators and composers to create immersive installations that move into provocative territories, with a visual language that draws on music videos, Japanese anime, manga and video games. The works are satirical and visualize a subversive approach to biology, and cyborg bodies - works that, despite their apparent absurdity and morbid expressions, ask basic questions about (trans)human living.

While sometimes using both the pronouns he and she, the artist doesn’t identify with either gender and prefers to be referred to by name. Lu Yangs concept of gender is fluid and ambiguous in ways that virtual spaces allow for and encourage. Biology and (a)sexuality are key themes in Lu Yang’s work, which centers around basic reflections about being present in a body in a physical and/or non-physical world.

Yang's works reflects the artist's fascination with control. The body - human and animal - is conceived of as an assembly of muscular and nervous mechanisms, functioning or malfunctioning with ambivalence to the philosophical determinations of mind or spirit. Most of Yang's digital productions involve manipulated rigged 3D models - cadavers of another kind -while recent works have employed other forms of choreographic control such as live motion capture performance.

The frenetic intensity of Lu Yang's works create a spectacle at once stimulating and exhausting. From anime to art world, idols to idolatry, Yang mobilizes a dizzying array of pop-cultural effects that say less about neuroscience or religion per se than the structures of beliefs, communion and consumption by which our market-driven culture is compelled.

Lu Yang was born in 1984 and raised in Shanghai, China. Lu Yang is a graduate of The New Media Art department at China Academy of Art and has been represented at numerous international triennials/biennials, representing China at the Venice Biennial in 2015 with the work Digital Gods. Lu Yang’s works have been exhibited at major international exhibitions such as UCCA Beijing, Center Pompidou, ICA London, Musée d’art Contemporain Lyon and Momentum Berlin.

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

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Lu Yang Digital Descending at ARoS

Lu Yang's Control Center

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Lu Yang

Born 1984, Shanghai, China

Solo exhibitions

2022

MAM Screen 015, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

False Awakening, Kunstpalais, Erlangen

2021

Digital Descende, ARoS, Aarhus

Digital Alaya, Jane Lombard gallery, New York

Asrava World, COMA gallery, Sydney

GIGANT DOKU, Garage Museum, Moscow

2019

Debut, BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai
Delusional Mandala, Fotografiska, Stockholm

The Game World of Material World Knight, CC Foundation & Art Center, Shanghai

Cyber Altar, Art Basel Hong Kong under the auspices of Société

2018

Electromagnetic Brainology – LuYang, Spiral, Tokyo

Âme Nue, Hamburg

2017

Lu Yang Asia Character Setting Show, Special Special, New York

Lu Yang: Encephalon Heaven, M WOODS, Beijing

Welcome to LuYang Hell, Société, Berlin

Delusional Mandala, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland

Delusional Mandala, Space Gallery, Portland

2016

Shanghainese in Yokohama, Zou no Hana Terrace, Yokohama

Lu Yang, Delusional Mandela, abc gallery night, Société, Berlin

LuYang Delusional Crime and Punishment, NYU Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai

Delusional Mandala Lu Yang, interstitial, Seattle

2015

Lu Yang Delusional Mandala, Beijing Commune, Beijing

ANTI-HUMANISME, OK Corral, Science Friction, Copenhagen

2014

Arcade, Wallplay, New York

Selected Videos, Ventana244 Art Gallery, New York

KIMOKAWA Cancer Baby, Ren Space, Shanghai

2013

UterusMan, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

The Images Beyond Good and Evil, AMNUA, Nanjing

Screening Program, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo

2012

Holiday, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

The Biggest Circle, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Plymouth Rock 2, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

World Peace, Kunstverein München, Munich

Rock, Vilma Gold, London

2011

11th Winds of Artist in Residence Part 2 – LuYang, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka

The Anatomy of Rage (Wrathful King Kong Core), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

2010

The Project of KRAFTTREMOR, Boers Li Gallery, Beijing

Hell, Art Labor, Shanghai

Torturous Vision, Input/Output, Hong Kong

2009

The Power of Reinforcement, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai

Group exhibitions

2022

THE MILK OF DREAMS, 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venezia

Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2022, Palais Polpulaire, Berlin

Beneath the Skin, Between the Machines, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai

Hacking Identity- Dancing Diversity, Möllerei, Luxembourg

Ultra Unreal, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney , Australia

Epoch Wars, Performing Lines, Australia

No False Idols, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney

2021

Lu Yang's Control Center, Gether Contemporary

The Earth is Flat Again, Muzeum Sztuki, Poland

Rehearsing the future: Dance with Nonhuman, Alien Art Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Rising festival Melbourne, Melbourne

We Do Not Dream Alone, Asia Society Triennial, New York

Borau Hall Screening, CineZeta, Madrid

Fake Me Hard, Rotterdam

Radical Gaming: Immersion Simulation Subversion, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel

Ultra Unreal 2021, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

MUNCH Triennale, MUNCH MUSEUM, Oslo

Multi-prismatic Mutual View, Macau Cultural Centre, Macau Museum of Art, Macau

5th Bian Metamorphosis, Organized by Elektra, Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal

IMAGE TO IMAGE, Person Projects’s video-art series, Berlin

Art for the Future International Biennial, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, Russia

2020

Art Is Still Here: A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum, M WOODS, Beijing

Neurones, Les Intelligences Simulées, Centre Pompidou, Paris

pixelsfest, Yeltsin Cultural Center, Yekaterinburg

FEEDBACK LOOPS, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

BIAN Biennale internationale d’art numérique, International Digital Art Biennale, Montreal

Live performance at ELEKTRA Festival, Montreal

Asia Society Triennial, New York

LICHTSICHT – PROJECTION-BIENNALE, Osnabrück, Münster and Bielefeld

Bangkok Art Biennale 2020, Bangkok

Made by Artists online exhibition, Content Lab, Videotage, Hong Kong

Bangkok Art Biennial 2020, Thailand

“Heavy Bored”, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Bit Street Hong Kong, New Art Fest 2020, Lisbon

Futurological Congress at Transart Festival, Bolzano

ACC Gwangju-Asia Artists Exhibition < UN·TACT >, Asia Culture Center, Korea

IMMATERIAL, RE-MATERIAL: A brief history of computing art, UCCA, Beijing

New Year Eve Screening, Tank, Shanghai

Player of Beings, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai

Manque de Recul, Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai

Learning What Can’t Be Taught, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

Both Sides Now 6, Videotage Hong Kong, Videoclub UK

Global launch of Cloud Nothing Music Video “Am I Something”

2019

Micro Era. Media Arts From China, Kulturforum, Berlin

Stumbling Through the Uncanny Valley: Sculpture and Self in the Age of Computer Generated

Imagery, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Chinernet Ugly, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester

LOW FORM. Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, MAXXI (National Museum of XXI Arts), Video Gallery, Rome

Some Kind of Halfway Place, Higher Pictures Gallery, New York

TEC ART, Rotterdam

2018

Roskilde Festival, “Diesel Worm”, Roskilde

Vector Festival, InterAccess Gallery, Toronto

China bi-annual festival “China Time”, Art Space Âme Nue, Hamburg

“Lumen Quarterly” by World Organization of Video Culture Development, Ullens Center for
Contemporary Art, Beijing

FUTURE FLASH 200, from Frankenstein to Hyperbrain, GOGBOT Festival for Creative Technology, Enschede

Computer Grrrls, HMKV, Dortmund / La Gaité Lyrique, Paris

Nowness Anniversary Exhibition, Shanghai

True Self, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, Beijing

Digital Art Festival Taipei, Taipei City

AN IM AL Art Science Nature Society, Hong Kong City University, Hong Kong

TAxT Taoyuan Science and Technology Festival, Taoyuan City

Big Workout-Annual International Project III”, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing

Conversation on the Edge, School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Film, Video and
New Media, in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank, Chicago

From/To: the Frontier of Chinese Art Education-China Academy of Art at SFAI, San Francisco Art
Institute, San Francisco

6th Athens Biennale, “ANTI”, Athens

12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai

2017

Zhongguo 2185, Sadie Coles, London

promises of monsters, Fuchsbau Festival 2017, Hannover

FOREVER FORNEVER, Rhode Island College, Bannister Gallery, Providence

Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto: Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto

After Party 1 : Collective Dance and Individual Gymnastics, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

one world expo 2.1 #like4like, K11, Hongkong

After Us, K11, Shanghai

2016

Hyperlinks 2, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Believe In the Power of Gesture, Projektraum LS43, Berlin

Post-sense-sensibility: Trepidation and Will, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing

ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul

Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Beijing Media Art Biennale, Beijing

Smart Illumination, Zou no Hana Terrace, Yokohama

Why the Performance, MCAM, Shanghai

CYNETART Festival 2016, Theater Hall Hellerau, Dresden

asia young 36, JEONBUK MUSEUM OF ART, JeonJu

Green celadon, The Artist House, Tel Aviv

Glas Animation Festival, Berkeley, San Francisco

Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition 2016, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonbuk

Liverpool Biennial 2016-Circuit Breaker Screening Program, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Queensland Film Festival 2016, Queensland

Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing

The 3rd Edition of the International Digital Art Biennial, Montreal

Mapping the Body, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innisbruke

ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Innsbruck

The Shadow Never Lies, 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

We: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai

WeChat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, CT; Asia Society Texas Center, Texas

Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas

2015

Glas Animation Festival, Los Angeles

Imaginary Circle, Asian-Plastic Myths, Asian Cultural Center, Kwangju

Weaving the Asian Democracy, Asian Cultural Center, Kwangju

Moscow Biennale 2016, Moscow

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku

Psycho/Somatic: Visions of the Body in Contemporary East Asian Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH

Breaking Joints, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Bad Asians 3.0, Dirty Looks NYC, New York

Absolute Collection Guideline, SiFang Art Museum, Nanjing

The 56th La Biennale di Venezia-China Pavilion, Venice

Renzez-vous, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

Essential Experiments: Introduce Chinese Video Arts, British Film Institute, London

New Directions In Chinese Animation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Fridericianum-Inhuman, Museum Fidericianum, Kassel

Transcending Tibet-Mapping Contemporary Tibetan Art in the Global Context, New York

2014

OCAT-Pierre Huber Prize Shortlist Exhibition, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai

Performance and Imaginations: Photography from China 1911-2014, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger

The 5th FukuokaAsian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka

The IV International Biennale for Young Art, the Museum of Moscow, Moscow

PANDAMONIUM: Media Art from Shanghai, Momentum, CAC/Chronus Art Center, Berlin

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, St.
Petersburg, Florida

PANDAMONIUM Micro-Exhibition #2: AI Weiwei + Lu Yang, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin

LA Asian Pacific Film Fest, Los Angeles

Animamix Biennale 2013-2014 Rediscovery, Museum of contemporary art Shanghai, Shanghai

Art Robotique”, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris

Unpainted Media Art Fair – LAB3.0, Munich

2013

Neo Folk, Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore

7th Move on Asia, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul

No Name, Ren Space, Shanghai

Queer project 2013, Nha San Collective, Hanoi

Degeneration, OCAT, Shanghai

Art World – Second Hand, Power Station of Art, Shanghai

GLOBAL PHOTO COLLABORATIONS, Diesel Art Gallery, Tokyo

West bund 2013 – A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai

ASVOFF – A Shaded Viewon Fashion Film, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Cutlog Paris, Paris

Rendez-vous 2013, Musée d’art contemporain of Lyon, Lyon

OFF COURSE, FUORI ROTTA, FondazioneQueriniStampalia, Venice

THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS:Exploring Independent Animation, OCT, Shanghai

Some like it ho, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai

Memo, White Space, Beijing

Truth, Beauty, freedom and money, K11, Shanghai

Tampere Film Festival, Tampere

Pépinière, Lavitrine, Limousin Art Contemporain& Sculptures, Paris

ON/OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept & Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

2012

ESCAPE(s) – in/from china #3, Centre d’Artsplastiquesetvisuels de Lille, Lille

UNFINISHED COUNTRY, Asia Society, Houston

PERSPECTIVES 180 – UNFINISHED COUNTRY: NEW VIDEO FROM CHINA, Contemporary Arts
Museum Huston, Houston

Dressing the screen – the rise of fashion film, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China Reactivation – Shanghai Biennale 2012, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Project Daejeon 2012:Energy, DaejeonMuseum, Daejeon

The Shadow of Language, Royal College of Art, London

Unseen – Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Fine Art Museum, Guangzhou

Hinterlands, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco

VIRTUAL VOICES – approaching social media and art in China, Charles H.Scott Gallery, Vancouver

Get It Louder, Beijing

Rapid Pulse, DFB Performance gallery, Chicago

Sub-Phenomena, the firstCAFAM-Futureexhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

The Untouchables, Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong

Solar Plexus, V Art Center, Shanghai

Solar Plexus, Space Station, London

It takes four sorts: A cross-strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Macau, Hong Kong, Osage
FOCUS2012, KunsthalNikolaj, Copenhagen

Symptoms, Iberiart, Beijing

2011

2011 Video Art in China – MADATAC, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

Hypnosis, TIVAC, Taipei

HIGH 5 – FIVE YEARS OF ART LABOR 2006 – 2011, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

CAFAM Biennale – Super Organism 2011, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Moving Image in China:1988-2011, Mingsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

Little Movements: Possibilities of Self-construction in Art, OCAT, Shenzhen Hypnosis, Other Gallery, Beijing

Future Festival, Top Building, Shanghai

Focus on Talents Project, Today Art Museum, Beijing

+Follow, Shanghai MOCA, Shanghai

In a Perfect World…, Meulensteen Gallery, New York

Grafted in, 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou

2010

Reflection of Minds-MoCA Shanghai Envisage 3, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Young Media Artists: China, Japan and Korea’ in INDAF 2010, Tomorrow City, Songdo, Incheon 2ND IMPRESSIONSArt Labor Gallery Openning Show, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

Use the Hand Do the Job, Excellent Graduation Work, Shift space, Shanghai

Exhibition of CAA, Gallery of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Seven young artist, Beijing Commune, Beijing

Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends Exhibition, Platform China,
Beijing Burning Youth, Hangzhou

GO Young Artist Group Show, OCAT Art Center, Shenzhen

2009

Bourgeoisified Proletariat —Small production, Songjiang, New City Thames Town, Shanghai

The Quantity Bears Identity-How Shanghainese people treat themselves in a public transport,
KultFluxArt Space, Vilnius

PRESENT exhibition, CANART, Shanghai

Yang Chang Xiao Dao, Am art space, Shanghai

Itchy Young Artist Group Show, Biz Art, Shanghai

2008

Small production–No.5, Shopping Gallery, Shanghai

Fractal Note–9/9], Metoo Space, Hangzhou, China 2008 [Spade], T-space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing

2007

Pierre Huber Creation Prize 2007, Biz Art, Shanghai

what’s the time? Beijing, Shanghai Hangzhou New Media Art Exhibition, Creek Art Gallery, Shanghai fruits of experimental contemporary art education in China, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai