a robotic sculpture carrying my wisdom tooth flew on-board Blue Origin’s latest space flight, reaching outer space.
What is it like to be so light? Floating spinning, detached from what we know.
Living Distance is a fantasy and a mission, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to the outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried by a crystalline robotic sculpture called EBIFA, the tooth becomes a newborn entity in outer space and tells the inconsequential, but ever so unique story of a person in this universe.
On May 2nd, 2019 the work took a round trip to the sub-orbital space on-board a Blue Origin New Shepard flight NS11.
The sculpture activated during lift-off, continued its growth and occupation of space, and rest during the return to Earth as it shattered into pieces. Each of its weightless movements is carefully calculated on paper and modeled in simulation software, as there can never be a test on Earth. Similarly in our life and sciences, predictions are only a means to collect plausible realities.
After the successful outer space performance, now we are developing a film to capture these weightless moments and alienated thoughts. The film project also got selected to be one of the six projects in Sundance New Frontiers Lab this year. Stay tuned!
Upcoming events and exhibitions:
Sundance New Frontiers Lab, Utah - May 16-21, 2019
Screening: MAX Festival, Exploratorium, SF - May 16-18, 2019
Screening and Artist Talk: Queens Museum, NY - July 21, 2019
Exhibition: Today Art Museum, Beijing - August 14, 2019
Artist/Creative Director: Xin Liu
Electrical Engineer: Gershon Dublon, Noah Feehan
Mechanical Engineering: Xin Liu, Ross McBee
Glass Design and Fabrication: Amy Lemaire, Naoki Kawamoto
Engineering Consultant: slow immediate LLC, Arthur J. Petron, Dave Seidman
Graphic Design: Tim Saputo
Director of Photography: Paul Mcgeiver
Teaser Producer: Alyssa Cashman
Executive Producers: Justin Durazzo, Jacky Tran, Jenny Guo
Producers: Jesse Brihn, Ian Graetzer, Kat Zic
Special Thanks: Ben Tricklebank, Michael Svizos (SoftLab), Terence Caulkins, Alicia McCauley, Ken Taylor