Delusional Mandala

Lu Yang (China)

Galata Greek Primary School

“Lu Yang’s Delusional Mandala, is a digitized and asexual humanoid creation that is based on herself. Lu uses her body as the starting point to the piece, and applies the neuroscientific technique of stereotactic mapping, stimulating her brain with deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to map out her cerebral limbic system. By subjectively introducing religious imagery and thoughts revolving the physical world’s impermanence, Lu successfully induces a delusion. Delusional Mandala is an introspection of Lu’s past, present, and future artwork and inspirations. Through the production of this delusion device, Lu simulates a comprehensive destruction of her body and work, in order to reflect upon human consciousness and the connection between that consciousness and the human brain.” –LY


Lu Yang is a Shanghai-based new media artist. For her single-channel video Delusional Mandala Yang produced, manipulated and animated an avatar of her own body in order to construct a personal mandala — a metaphysical universe for herself. In the video the artist’s digital self is subjected to a continuous series of bodily and mental operations. Delusional Mandala is characteristic of Lu’s fascination with science, biology, technology, religion and the philosophical questions of life and death.