Youjia Lu is a Melbourne-based artist who is currently undertaking her PhD at VCA University of Melbourne. Lu’s current research explores how to evoke an immediate experience of an indeterminate Self through digital video art practice. Her ongoing artistic experiments test video’s capacity to digitally manipulate time, create illusory superimposed images and induce strobe effect in projection space. Drawing upon psychoanalytic theories of what precedes the formation of the ego and metaphysical conceptions of time and consciousness, Lu examines different artistic strategies for imaging the indeterminate condition of the Self.
Lu has shown at Columbia University (New York), The Windsor Hotel (Melbourne), Counihan Gallery (Melbourne), George Paton Gallery (Melbourne), Chin Chin Wall of Art (Melbourne), Melbourne Projection Space (Melbourne), Gertrude Street Projection Festival (Melbourne), Testing Ground (Melbourne) and has accomplished her first artist in residency in Picture Berlin (Berlin) in 2015. She has been the recipient of the finalist of Windsor Prize (2014), Contemporary Art Awards (2015) and Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (2017), the winner of NGV Women’s Association Graduate Encouragement Award (2014), John and Mary Kerley International Scholarship (2015), Fiona Myer Award (2016) and Melbourne Research Scholarship (2017). Her artistic research has been recently presented in Visual Science of Art Conference 2018 at Trieste University in Italy and Digital Cultures: Knowledge/Culture/Technology Conference 2018 at Leuphana University in Germany.