Lu Yang was born in Shanghai in 1984. She received her BA and MA from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, in the new media department led by Zhang Peili.
She has won residencies at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan and in 2013 at the SymbioticA Lab., the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Lu Yang’s multimedia installations, often combine video, sculptural elements, lighting and soundtracks made in collaboration with different musicians). Her work explores neuroscience, mortality, pop culture, technology, and religion. She often works in collaboration with performers, designers and experimental composers. 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).
Some of her recent projects include Encephalon Heaven at M WOODS Museum in Beijing’s 798 (2017), Delusional Mandala (2015) that deconstruct and play with social, sexual, and religious taboos. Lu Yang has featured in important solo and group exhibitions. Her first solo exhibition in 2010 at ART LABOR was a critic’s pick with ART FORUM. She represented China at 2015 Venice Biennale and in the Shanghai Biennale in 2018, and also in a solo exhibition Electromagnetic Brainology at Spiral, Tokyo, the Royal Academy in the UK, UCCA in Beijing, Centre Pompidou, and DFB Performance Gallery (Chicago).