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Lu Yang 陸揚

Ultimate Energy Conversion, 2011

Reference material of LuYang’s work. Modify the inner structure of a traditional grand piano. Remove the original parts such as the strings and dampers and replace the soundboard with a lying board with countless perforations, upon which the participant can lie down naked. Select a proper position to secure the participant. When the player presses a key, the corresponding hammer rises and strikes the skin of the participant through the holes of the lying board.

The participant feels the music through his body physically. The hammers of the INSTRUMAN. are modified into two different stimulation modes: Acupuncture Mode and Temperature Mode. 1. In Acupuncture Mode, the hammers are replaced with acupuncture needles and repositioned according to the acupuncture points of the participant, who senses the music through these stimulations. 2. In Temperature Mode, ceramic hammers are heated to temperatures corresponding to the notes played.

The music becomes a flow of heat through the body.As the player proceeds with his/her playing, the participant feels varying degrees of stimulation. Under strong stimulation, the participant could lose control and start to moan or even burst out yelling, at which point the player can change his/her playing style and start to improvise. Such is the so-called INSTRUMAN.

The participant can also request different music from the player according to his/her preference of stimulation; however, the requested music must be played in its entirety before the participant can leave the lying board. During this whole process of music playing the participant and the INSTRUMAN must remain completely unseparated; the participant must feel rather than listen to the music from beginning to end.

1984年出生於中國上海,2010年畢業於中國美術學院新媒體系碩士學位,目前生活並工作於北京和上海。陸揚在新媒體藝術領域中備受矚目,她善於利用多種媒介, 包括影像、裝置、動畫、攝影和遊戲等,探索有關生命、宗教及相關形式方面問題的本質。在陸揚的藝術實踐中,生物學、神經學、醫學、宗教等不同領域的元素彼此交融重組,形成了她獨特的視角。此次個展延續了藝術家一直以來創作的概念及元素,遊走於宗教與腦科學的範疇,清晰的構造著她一直以來作品中的重要線索。
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