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Adopting the adage that each of us is born and dies alone, Dokusho Dokushi Hello World transposes the solitary journey toward spiritual enlightenment into the virtual realm. Lu challenges the boundaries of reality by harnessing new technologies to, according to the artist, digitally reincarnate himself as a non-binary digital avatar, Dokusho Dokushi (aka Doku). Without the physical constraints of time and space, Doku is able to consider the possibility of immortal life in the virtual realm. Doku’s search for answers to enduring existential questions relating to consciousness and the meaning of life, influenced by Buddhist and Daoist philosophy, creates a provocative take on humankind’s search for purpose and absolution from our mortal coil. (Asia Society Triennial 2021)
Turning to motion and facial motion capture technology, Lu builds on his ongoing research into the digitization of the human body and mind, the technological representation of human individuality, and the regimes of presence at a distance. Exploring the possibilities and limitations of the "digital body”, Lu Yang's Digital Incarnation opens up a new way of collaborative expression for creative talents from all fields including artists, musicians, dancers, poets, sci-fi writers, scientists and philosophers, to collectively construct a world of infinite possibilities.
Lu Yang, Dokusho Dokushi Hello World, 2021. Single-channel high-definition game-engine-rendered animation with sound, 3:25 min. Image courtesy of the artist.