ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, AsiaTOPA and Exhibitionist present
DOKU: Live Alone Die Alone – The Karma Circle
Sat 19 Mar - Sun 20 Mar 2022
Lu Yang takes the exploration of digital augmentation into contemporary and historical realms for his latest motion capture performance.
Investigating themes of cybernetics and the digitisation of human identities, Lu Yang questions the relationship between our IRL and URL selves. In an online era where our minds are allowed to flow freely through networks, do our physical bodies still matter?
DOKU is the digital reincarnation of the artist Lu Yang. Based on the cycle of Karma in Buddhism, DOKU has six costumes which represent the six divisions of the wheel of Karma: Tenjin Road, Shura Road, Animal Road, Hungry Ghost Road, Hell Road, and Human World. The performance will take the audience through these Karmic cycles, as DOKU lives and dies in each virtual Buddhist environment.
The live performance features contemporary dancer Harrison Hall fitted with motion capture technology. Hall will control the 3D incarnations of DOKU via a motion capture suit, while the audience's perspective of these worlds will be directed by a Xbox controller. The artist will not be IRL present for these performances. However if Lu Yang embodies these digital reincarnations of himself through DOKU, does this physicality even matter?
In addition to this, Melbourne based multimedia artist Henry W Lai-Pyne (AKA Eek) will perform a new work. Through contemporary forms of conservation, sampling and generative animation (Title TBC) he explores hauntology and eastern practices for encountering and communicating with the spiritual world.
Artist - Lu Yang
Motion Capture Performance Program - Meta Object
Creative Producer - Mathew Spisbah
Choreography - Harrison Hall
Dancers - Harrison Hall, Imanuel Dado
Live game environment control - Sam Mcgilp
Hell Scene 3D design - Extreme John
DJ Mix by Cloudy Ku
DOKU: Live Alone Die Alone – The Karma Circle is commissioned by ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, Asia TOPA and Exhibitionist, in collaboration with curator Mathew Spisbah and HK digital studio Meta Objects. It was developed through the Asia TOPA Virtual LAB. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of Arts Centre Melbourne and the Sidney Myer Fund. This project is also supported by the Australian Government (Office for the Arts), Playking Foundation and the National Museum of Australia.
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