Open Space #14 Lu Yang “DOKU The Flow”

Exhibition From 06.04.2024 to 09.09.2024

© Lu Yang, DOKU The Flow, film still, courtesy the artist and Société, Berlin

Gallery 8

For Open Space, LuYang is presenting his new film DOKU The Flow, the second chapter of their ongoing work DOKU.

For Open Space #14, LuYang presents Doku The Flow, a film were we follow the new adventures of DOKU, a character whose name is inspired by the phrase ‘’Dokusho Dokushi’’ meaning in Japanese “We are born alone, and we die alone”.

Free access with a ticket for the Architectural Journey. Download the exhibition brochure.

LuYang is presenting his new film DOKU-The Flow, the second chapter of their ongoing work DOKU. Named after the phrase ‘’Dokusho Dokushi’’ meaning "We are born alone, and we die alone, ‘’ the character DOKU is a digital shell, a virtual human whose digital assets the artist has been building for nearly five years, as a reincarnation of himself in a parallel universe - an extension of his soul into the digital realm. Building upon his ongoing interest in the digitization of the human body and mind, Yang’s own body provides the template for this virtual human whose ‘’memories’’ form the core of DOKU’s second narrative film.
DOKU The Flow
draws upon the Buddhist philosophy of Madhyamika, which contends that all phenomena are devoid of ‘’nature’’, ‘’substance’’, and ‘’essence’’. In non-linear sequences of lusciously complex 3D-animation, Yang’s DOKU slips in and out of various digital skins to surpass conventional reality and arrive at the ultimate truth of emptiness.

DOKU The Flow was produced with the support of the Fondation. 


Claudia Buizza and Ludovic Delalande (Fondation Louis Vuitton)

The artist

Lu Yang

LuYang’s 3D animations and installations adopt strategies taken from science, religion, psychology, neuroscience, medicine, games, pop culture, and music to highlight the biological and material determinants of what it means to be human in the 21st century. 

LuYang has been the subject of solo exhibitions at international institutions such as Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Palais Populaire, Berlin; ARoS Museum, Aarhus; M Woods, Beijing; MOCA Cleveland; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Kunstpalais Erlangen. He has participated in group exhibitions at The Milk of Dreams at La Biennale di Venezia; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; CCA Tel Aviv; ICA, London; Muzeum Sztuki, Poland; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and Fridericianum, Kassel among others.

LuYang is represented by Société, Berlin. 


As a partner venue of the Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), K11 will host DOKU The Flow by Lu Yang in K11 Shenzhen next spring 2025.