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Lu Yang Creates Virtual Human Music Video for British Band The 1975


Shanghai-based new media artist Lu Yang has used her digital media creation “Doku” to create the music video for “Playing on My Mind” a new track from British band The 1975 off their new album, Notes on a Conditional Form.

The video starts out with the artist’s digital human creation Doku walking towards the camera, while wearing a pair of white trousers covered in Chinese characters. At around the 30 second point of the video, Doku — whose torso is lit up in neon symmetrical patterns — begins dancing to the music in a circular hi-tech arena.

You can watch the music video below:

Speaking about the inspirations behind Doku and the music video in general, Lu Yang says: “In the virtual world, I was able to do things such as choosing my own gender-neutral body and creating an appearance that reflects my own sense of beauty, which are not possible in real life. I consider Doku as my digital reincarnation.”


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She goes on to say, “He is me but someone else at the same time. Just like the Buddhist concept of alaya-vijnana [storehouse consciousness], he represents a stream of consciousness which lingers in different worlds and different selves.”

The release comes as part of a 14-part series of videos directed by Ben Ditto in support of The 1975’s fourth album, Notes on a Conditional Form, which was released in May. The project features a multi-national group of 14 artists engaging with AI, robotics and more.

Bryan Grogan
Bryan is RADII's former culture editor. He is a Shanghai-based writer and editor with an interest in culture stories with a social bent. He once correctly guessed all 151 original Pokemon in seven minutes for an online quiz. He also correctly guessed all 100 second generation Pokemon in eight minutes for an online quiz.
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