Riku Riku Dance No.1 is a video work by Lu Yang derived from her Electromagnetic Brainology series of live motion capture performances. Through the work, Lu Yang draws on neurology together with Chinese medicine, Buddhism and the relationship to the body. Inspired by Japanese manga and games aesthetics, Lu Yang created 3D animated deities representing the four elements of Wind, Fire, Water and Earth. The characters have their own super powers as they dance in different environments from a city landscape to outer space.
Virtual avatars allow for manipulation of the body and movement where the idea of brain control runs throughout Lu Yang’s work. The movements of the characters are controlled using motion capture technology and a live dancer. The characters move in sync as the camera rotates slowly around them. The high-energy live performances feature music, motion capture, dance, and visual effects and has been presented at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, the Powerlong Art Centre, Hangzhou, and the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai in 2018, with technical production by MetaObjects.