Lu Yang

The Great Adventure of Material World

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Installations
Electronic Language International Festival



The Great Adventure in Material World/Material World Knight is the most adventurous video game artwork that Lu Yang has created. The Great Adventure in Material World/Material World Knight has combined all the protagonists in Lu Yang’s artworks from the past and created an alliance of these heroes. In this video game, the world can be indefinitely explored by players. It has also incorporated several other elements created in various works from the artist before”. Once players enter the video game, they will transform into knights in this Material World. As protagonists of the alliance of heroes in the Material World, they will explore the Universe, absorb energy, be destroyed and achieve rebirth. They will fight all sorts of emotions, desires and eventually with themselves.


Shanghai-based multimedia artist Lu Yang creates fantastical, often painful, and shocking images which represent an interdisciplinary blend of religion, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology and modern technology, as well as the allusions to real life forms and structures of natural and religious origin. The output of Lu Yang’s artistic practice spans game engines, 3D-animated films, video game installations, holograms, motion capture performances, virtual reality and software manipulation. The artist also collaborates with acclaimed scientists, psychologists, performers, designers, experimental composers, music producers, robotics companies and pop stars.
His work has been featured in major museums and institutions internationally including solo exhibitions at the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark (2021-2022); Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany (2022); Spiral, Tokyo, Japan (2017-2018); M WOODS, Beijing (2017-2018); MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, USA (2017); UCCA, Beijing (2012); and Fukuoka Asia Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (2011). Recent works in large-scale thematic exhibitions include Asia Society Triennial 2021, New York; Shanghai Biennale 2018 and 2012; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014; Athens Biennale 2018; Liverpool Biennial 2016; Montreal International Digital Art Biennial 2016; the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 China Pavilion; the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. Lu Yang’s work was also included in the group exhibition Neurons, Simulated Intelligence at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2020. Lu Yang was awarded the BMW Art Journey in 2019 and Deutsche Bank’s 2022 Artist of the Year.