Lynn Lu

Lynn Lu is a visual artist from Singapore. She was trained at Carnegie Mellon University, San Francisco Art Institute, Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Lynn exhibits, performs, and lectures extensively throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas. Recent venues include Wellcome Collection (2016), Palais de Tokyo (2015), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2013), Singapore Art Museum (2012), and Tate Modern (2010).

Lynn lives and works in London as an independent artist, educator, curator, and Advisor to ]performance s p a c e [.

In her practice, the sentient body is seen as the main medium for perceiving and presenting (versus representing) meaning (versus message) through direct personal experience. Engaging vigorously with the present reality of all that is here-and-now, the meaning of her context-specific works often manifest in the resonant relationships created between herself and my audience, and between the audience themselves.

Her current research looks at the connection between experiential knowledge and the innate human capacity for empathy, in relation to a genre performance art she calls “gutty”. This gutty form of performance art which uses the body just as it is – as vulnerable/resilient/sensitive as it is in everyday life – relies heavily on empathy to create meaning that is not merely conceptual but also affective and visceral. In other words, she looks at why some performances not only tickle our brains but also quite literally leave us feeling like we’ve been punched in the gut.

 

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