LU YANG: DELUSIONAL WORLD
WITH LOUISE LECAVALIER [CA-QC]
26, 27, 28 January 2023
6th International Digital Art Biennial
Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal
12.01.2022 - 02.05.2023
To see the performance, get the 6:30 pm time slot when booking your ticket, this will also give you access to the exhibition, included from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The performance starts at 7pm.
Doku Human, Lu Yang, 2021
Louise Lecavalier is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. She joined La La La Human Steps in 1981 for the production of Oranges, and carried the company's colors until 1999.
In 1985, she received a Bessie Award for her performance in Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel, making her the first Canadian woman to receive this award.
At the turn of the millennium, she decided to become an occasional performer for various choreographers such as Benoît Lachambre and Tedd Robinson.
In 2006, she founded her own company, Fou Glorieux, in order to give herself the freedom to explore and work with artists whose vision of dance is close to her own.
In 2014, the company won the Grand Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. In 2017, Louise Lecavalier received an honorary doctorate from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
STATIONS © André Cornellier
Lu Yang is an artist who works across video, installation, animation, performance, motion capture and games. The artist’s work explores existential issues about the nature of life through references to Chinese medicine, neuroscience, popular culture and religion. Lu Yang has presented solo exhibitions at Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2022; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, 2021; Spiral, Tokyo, 2018; M Woods Museum, Beijing, 2017, and others. In 2015, Lu Yang was selected for the Chinese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, and was featured in the 59th Venice Biennale exhibition The Milk of Life in 2022. Lu Yang was selected as Deutsche Bank’s Artist of The Year in 2022 and was winner of the BMW Art Journey initiative in 2019.
ELEKTRA presents the North American premiere of Lu Yang: Delusional World live motion capture performance by Lu Yang with the dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier. This work is one of a series of live motion capture performances by Lu Yang exploring the realms of Buddhist reincarnation (saṃsāra) as virtual environments for embodying diverse forms as avatars created by the artist. The digital avatars represent Buddhist and Hindu deities, including the thousand-armed Avalokiteśvara and grotesque forms, such as a three-headed and torso-less Lu Yang in a hellish afterlife. In Buddhism, one must endure pain through continuous reincarnation in one’s spiritual journey towards self-realisation.
Lu Yang: Delusional World is a high-energy audiovisual performance that draws from video games, Japanese manga and club culture. The use of motion capture stems from Lu Yang’s on-going interest in neurology and control of the body by the brain. One’s consciousness is reincarnated into multiple bodies and realities in the digital afterlife. The work questions whether we are truly in control of bodies or are we subjected to our psychological delusions and the fates determined by divine powers. As a hybrid event, the work creates a dialogue between the virtual and the real with the live dancer/choreographer on stage and the digital realm displayed on screen. The avatars are animated by the live movements of Louise Lecavalier in a motion capture suit. Visual effects and camera movements within the virtual environment are controlled live using a game controller, alongside a dark trap soundtrack by GameFace.
Lu Yang: Delusional World premiered in 2020 as a live streamed event commissioned by ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, Asia TOPA and Exhibitionist, in collaboration with curator Mathew Spisbah, Chronus Art Centre and MetaObjects.
Artist: Lu Yang
Dancer: Louise Lecavalier
Production Development: MetaObjects
Technical Director: Andrew Crowe
Curatorial Advisor: Ashley Lee Wong
Motion Capture Production: Squeeze Studio Montreal
Executive Producer: Julie Tighe
Mocap Technical Director: Jérémy Meunier
Mocap production Manager: Isabel Llanos
Mocap Shoot Manager: Clément Curay
Mocap Assist-Shoot Manager: Kévin Défosses-Lapierre
It Support: David Chevrier
Music: GameFace & Liiii
DJ Mix and Hell Environment 3D Design: Extreme John
Live 3D Game Controller: Emma Forgues