Gravity conditions all forms and behaviors produced on Earth, including art. What new artistic forms and experiences can be created if both creators and audiences/participants are free from this constraint? Join Annick Bureaud (Director, Leonardo OLATS), Eduardo Kac (Professor and Chair of Art and Technology Studies, SAIC), and Xin Liu (Arts Curator for the Space Exploration Initiative, MIT) for a conversation on the implications of cultural production in the context of zero-gravity; moderated by Mark SubbaRao (astronomer and Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at Adler Planetarium).
We May Be All Alone.
In 1990, from 6 million kilometers away, Voyager 1 took a snapshot of our existence in the universe: a pale blue dot. In it, we saw the loneliness and impermanence of our species, a realization that continues to sustain a thriving, resonating call for the future.
This sense of profound isolation has always shaped our perception of our planetary condition and our understanding of ourselves. What are the human experiences and perceptions of our planetary condition in relation to the vastness? Even if we can seize phenomena and enumerate them, can we, for all that comprehend the world? Gazing both inward and out into the orbit, Xin Liu offers a series of self-portraits that align and reposition her experiences with(in) imperceptible and incessant cosmic existences.
I will join the panel “First Principles First: How to Solve Hard Problems” along with Leigh Christie, Lauren Cohen and Diba Kaya this March in SXSW and talk about how to tackle hard problems. (feeling strong!)
What does it take to solve a really hard problem and what part does using first principles play? As we face a world of increasing complexity, the ability to solve the “unsolvable” may be the difference between a surviving culture and a thriving one. This panel is led by expert scientists, researchers, physicists and engineers who have sought out solving problems and projects with great technical uncertainty, requiring multi-faceted teams. Problems and projects with the potential for high-impact, whether it's improving the human condition, impacting sustainability in a positive way, or otherwise moving us collectively to an inclusively abundant future.
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Please join me at the opening. <3
Initially trained as a mechanical engineer, Liu thinks of science as her first language and uses this vernacular to tease out artistic nuance alongside scientific precision. Utilizing media that might be perceived as lacking in poetry, Liu presents deeply personal reflections.
Through the lens of space exploration, genetics, and geology, Xin Liu: Fellow Focus gazes both inward and into the Earth’s orbit, offering a self-portrait as expansive as it is intimate
“Can you tear for me?” and “When is the last time you cried?” will be included in the Chinternet Ugly group exhibition in CFCCA this coming Jan. If you are in Manchester, please swing by and take some pictures for me!
Chinternet Ugly - CFCCA
February 5th - May 10th 2019
An important new group exhibition which navigates the messy vitality of China’s online realm – a space where artists can engage, play and debate – featuring works by six leading new media artists.
Very excited to announce that I am selected as one of the finalists for Huayu Youth Award. I will be joining the group of artists and friends in Sanya for our group exhibition <Condition>.
I joined the Bio Art + Design Panel in Global Community Bio Summit along with Jaden J. A. Hastings, Georg Tremmel, Julian Stadon, Orkan Telhan, Ani Liu, Tiare Ribeaux, Dan Grunshkin and Joe Davis.
I am bringing Masque to FoST this year and hosting a workshop about breathing while hearing.
The Future of StoryTelling Summit is an intimate, invitation-only event that gathers a stimulating mix of thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields, who are shaping the art, science, and business of storytelling in the 21st century. In the spirit of participation and inspiration, the FoST Summit aims to break the fourth wall and make attendees a vital part of the event.
The Queens Museum is pleased to welcome Jeannine Han, Woomin Kim, Xin Liu, Iman Raad, Jennifer May Reiland, Lachell Workman and The Room of Spirit and Time for two-year-long residencies as part of the Queens Museum studio program. The new cohort was selected by guest jurors Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator at SculptureCenter, and Laurel Ptak, Executive Director & Curator of Art in General, along with the Queens Museum Studio Program staff. Learn more about the artists below.
Queens Museum Studio Program is one of very few artist residencies to be embedded within a US museum. In the Fall of 2013, an expansion doubling the Museum’s size included the construction of eight artist studios in the north wing. In designating permanent real estate to the long-term development of new artwork onsite, the Queens Museum aims to support artists’ creative processes and professional development. Students in Social Practice Queens (part of Queens College MFA Program) also share a collaborative studio space in the Queens Museum’s studio wing.
NEW INC is THE FIRST MUSEUM-LED INCUBATOR FOR ART, DESIGN, AND TECHNOLOGY
An experimental initiative of the New Museum, NEW INC is a shared workspace and professional development program that brings together over 100 cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs, including anchor tenants Rhizome and Columbia University’s GSAPP Incubator.
The operation occupies eight thousand square feet of dedicated office, workshop, social, and presentation space, and each year selects an outstanding interdisciplinary community of one hundred members who are investigating new ideas and developing sustainable practices.
I had the honor to curate an exhibition on space exploration in Ars Electronica this year.
A glitch in the stars – Space Exploration Initiative Exhibition, MIT Media lab
In 1990, from 6 million kilometers away, Voyager 1 took a snapshot of our existence in the universe: a pale blue dot. In it, we saw the loneliness and impermanence of our species, a realization that continues to sustain a thriving, resonating call for the future. However, Space is not for humans. We are never meant to be there, an error in the wild. The isolation, lack of gravity, radiation and all the risks there can kill us in minutes.
What is human experience beyond the earthbound? Here, six projects form the Space Exploration Initiative of MIT Media Lab are asking the same question and bringing possibilities to the toughest, impossible space:
A musical instrument that only plays in zero-gravity,
pneumatic surface that morphs to embrace the human body in zero-g,
self-assembly infrastructure for the next generation of zero gravity habitats,
spider-like performance with the three-dimensional movements of a weightless body,
scents that capture the memories of our homeland
and a grappler for landing foundational infrastructure on an asteroid.
All the projects were successfully deployed and performed in a zero-gravity parabolic flight last year. They are hopes beyond solutions, imaginations more than facts. Just like generations of observers, they see our future in the stars.
My gallery exhibition in China is opening on Sept 1st, in Qimu Space, Beijing.
When the body senses itself internally and localizes its actions, it provides the basis for a material sense of self-existence. At the same time, the mind registers the sense of an agency with free will, the sense of being, the cause of voluntary action. Among all interoceptive experiences, respiration is the only one that we can regulate directly. There are many psychophysical breathing exercises to help self-regulation and reflection, that, combined with meditation and yoga, are designed to restore natural, smooth breathing appropriate to the physical needs of the body.
Masque is a psychoacoustic system that manipulates the user’s perception of their own respiration by providing false auditory feedback. By deliberately misrepresenting the wearer’s sense of their own breathing, Masque can cause bias in behavioral and cognitive experiences without any explicit instructions or stimuli. Users hear synchronized respiration sound from Masque as their own and react naturally to the synthetic body signals.
Do you know how you feel?
En Orbita was always intended to be a dialogue between science and music- an expression of how music connects across spaces, cultures… and potentially dimensions.
July 15, Le Poisson Rouge in NYC marks the third-ever edition of the festival, with a lineup for the ages. The festival will see performances from none other than the godparents of Latin American Psychedelia, Os Mutantes. Also sharing sounds is the outstanding and recently buzz-heavy Yonatan Gat- the former member of Israeli garage rock outfit Monotonix who recently has been captivating international audiences with his brand of spiritual noise. Martin Rev from the legendary band Suicide will grace the space. Lee Ranaldo and A Place To Bury Strangers represents New York´s noise, Boston-based Chilean band Breaking Forms blesses the stage with what’s been dubbed Bubbly Space Pop, and Tres Warren from the band Psychic Ills is releasing a new project with Berlin based, chilean architect and artist, Alfredo Thiermann called “Land In Sky”.
Nicole L’Huillier and Xin Liu, of the group Space Exploration Initiative from MIT Media Lab, will be presenting the work they have done which explores the connections between sound and vision, as well as what human expression means in outer space.