Lu Yang has been included in this year’s Apollo 40 Under 40 list, the eighth edition of the project and the first to focus on the theme of Art & Tech. It comes at a time when new technologies are transforming how art is made and experienced at an unprecedented pace – with artists playing a vital role in communicating, scrutinising and taking creative advantage of these changes. The 40 individuals and partnerships selected for the list – all under the age of 40 – are expanding the possibilities presented by new tech to art and heritage across the world.
Lu Yang’s work explores how we live in the digital realm: how the internet is transforming our bodies, identities and beliefs. In collaboration with a team of scientists, 3D animators and technicians, the artist has created a non-binary ‘digital post-human’ avatar called Doku, based on Yang’s own body, which has since appeared in a number of the artist’s works: in 2020, in collaboration with Acute Art, Yang created the augmented reality work Gigant DOKU, in which the avatar becomes a giant dancing superhero.
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