Lu Yang (intro by Xin Wang)

October 26th, 2014 New York City

FIELD MEETING Associate Curator, Xing Wang, introduced the practice of Shanghai-based multi-media artist Lu Yang, who creates fantastical, often morbid visions of death, sexuality, mental illness, and neurological constructs of both real-life forms and deities. Followed by Lu Yang’s specially conceived performance for FIELD MEETING developed from her latest project “Cancer Baby” (2014), in collaboration with experimental composer Du Yun || duYun. Immersed in subcultures of anime, video games, sci-fi and music, the performance attempted to provoke a dialogue about cancer and human mortality. “I wanted to try to make cancer more cute, kawaii or something… to break the serious view of death and disease. In human history, people have had very different ideas about death. Before people had a natural feeling about it, they thought they could die any day, but after hundreds of years they started to believe death was a long way away. Sometimes they even forget they will die at all. All my work says that death and disease are just a part of life.” (An excerpt from interview with Lu Yang published on China Animation and Game Network)

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Bio – Lu Yang (Shanghai)
Lu Yang (b.1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist who creates fantastical, often morbid visions of death, sexuality (or a-sexuality), mental illness, and neurological constructs of both real lifeforms and deities. Deeply immersed in the subcultures of anime, video games, and sci-fi, Lu Yang taps into the enormous influence of Japanese cultural imports on a particular generation in China (those born in the 1980s) as means for provocative imagination that never fails to fascinate, bewilder, and even enrage her audience. Lu Yang earned two degrees from the new media art department of the China Academy of Arts, and has been featured in important solo and group exhibitions at venues such as the UCCA in Beijing, Centre Pompidou, and DFB Performance Gallery (Chicago), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Momentum (Berlin), and Tampa Museum of Art. Some of her notable projects include 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.


Lu Yang’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by Residency Unlimited

Lu Yang, Cancer Baby Project, 2014, poster for video. Courtesy of the artist