DOKU Mind Matrix, 2022


Location Gallery 3


Title Film Still from DOKU Mind Matrix
Medium 3D animation film, 4:42 min
Copyright Courtesy the artist and Société, Berlin
Exhibition number AW310

In the dance videos that LuYang produces expressly for the different avatars, the multilayered relationships to global pop and youth culture become clear. LuYang collaborates with the music, fashion, and entertainment industries: At Paris Fashion Week, DOKU appeared in a virtual performance for the Chinese sports label Li Ying, and starred in a music video by the British band THE 1975. This involves an expansion of the artist’s role, as LuYang continually develops new product lines for the virtual worlds, games, and avatars, and promotes the DOKU avatars like “real” people. Performances like Miku Hatsune’s serve as a point of reference. This Japanese virtual pop singer has advertised as a live hologram for international corporations, performed with Pharrell Williams, and sang as an opening act for Lady Gaga on her ARTPOP tour in front of sold-out stadiums with a computer-generated voice. For LuYang’s music video DOKU the Matrix, Chinese musician liiii composed dance music in K-pop style, after contributing music to LuYang’s film DOKU the Self. Thus the DOKU avatars do not appear as figures from the realms of Samsara, but in their respective roles as a perfectly choreographed present-day boy band.

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