The exhibition is part of my Van Lier Fellowship in Museum of Arts and Design
From the curator:
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
My Tear Series and Orbit Weaver are participating the exhibition Surpassing r=a(1-sinθ) in Qimu Space, curated by Iris Long
不仅是“诗人”，还是“少女诗人” 的小冰出版了诗集（并开放版权）；程序已经能写出重金属专辑（《Coditany of Timeness》）和模仿Lichtenstein 的作品风格；外形怪怖的Debater在与人类的辩论中获得了更多票数；各种智能助手（Siri, Cortana, Alexa），和Google Brain团队给神经网络加密算法的命名方式（Alice/Bob/Eve）都具有人性色彩。我们似乎在人与机器之间漫长的相处模式演化中，找到了一种短暂的、带有诗意的动态平衡，通过对技术的艺术性解释与场景建设，弥合着硬核技术与大众阅读语境的裂隙。
I curated A glitch in the stars in Ars Electronica 2018 to showcase six projects from Space Exploration Initiative, 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.
In me Convention this year, I talked about the profound loneliness and uncertainty we have always attributed to Planet Earth, and the human perceptions and experiences of our planetary condition in relation to the boundless nothingness surrounding our planet. In this conversation, I argued for the immediate need for humans to feel a connection beyond earth’s atmosphere: a heartfelt presence from outer space, if you will.
My full talk at meConvention can be found here:
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Winter 2018 session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists, who will work in MAD’s sixth-floor open studios from January 30, 2018, through May 27, 2018, are Andrew Bearnot, Esperanza Cortés, Katya Grokhovsky, Dana Melamed, Emily Oliveira, Emiko Shinozaki, and Van Lier Fellow Xin Liu.
Mixing scientific research with personal narratives, Xin Liu creates transformative, participatory experiences and bodily objects to examine the constitution of subjectivity and affects. She trained as an engineer for two decades, and technology functions as her native language and craft within her art practice.
As a Van Lier Fellow at MAD, Liu will continue a project about living and dying in space. She is organizing a performance in outer space, turning earthly bodies into star matter. During her residency, she will design a series of tools and procedures for collecting, cremating, and casing the earth organism and living experiences.
Beyond the Cradle 2018: Envisioning a New Space Age
Space will be hackable. Space will be playful. Space grows ever more accessible to the space enthusiast—through the reach of DIY instruments, experiments, sensors and satellites, and soon through a new age of space tourism and exploration. This opportunity to design our interplanetary lives beckons to us.
Join us at the MIT Media Lab on March 10, 2018 as we envision, design, hack, and build our space future! We'll hear from industry leaders in "New Space"; titans of the great satellite and probe missions; innovation engineers from NASA, ESA, JAXA, and India's SRO; sci-fi's greatest minds; Hollywood imagineers; and of course—astronauts!
BOSTON, MA (September 6, 2016)—This fall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), presents #mfaNOW, a season celebrating contemporary art and artists with a variety of events and exhibitions, including UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991–2015; Christian Marclay: The Clock and Terry Winters: The Structure of Things. Two installations, Political Intent and Beyond Limits, present key works and recent acquisitions from the MFA’s collection. On four occasions, the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art will stay open after the rest of the Museum is closed for free “#mfaNOW Overnight” parties, engaging visitors with art, culture and community in new and unexpected ways.
#mfaNOW Overnight: Launch Party
September 17–18, 2016, 9 pm–9 am
#mfaNOW Overnight: College Edition
October 14–15, 2016, 9 pm–9 am
#mfaNOW Overnight: State of the Party
November 4–5, 2016, 9 pm–9 am
#mfaNOW Overnight: Last Call
December 9–10, 2016, 9 pm–9 am
Together with a group of friends, our collective #Hotmilksfoundation is invited to present a series of experimental projects at the intersection of art and technology in the museum. Through the four nights, we organized Uncanny Cat Cafe, Partition - Vibrating chairs, Happiness SPA. Later we were also invited to put up a CAT++ performance for Murakami’s exhibition opening.
More about our work:
The 21st annual Interactive Innovation Awards presented by KPMG recognize the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Hundreds of projects entered for a chance at the top honors in each of 13 categories.
Explore the work of the top five finalist projects in each category “hands-on” at the Interactive Innovation Awards Showcase on Sunday, March 11, then join us as we announce the winners, as well as other fun, special honors, at the Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony hosted by Elliot V. Kotek on the evening of Tuesday, March 13.
Dermal Abyss won the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards in the SciFi No Longer category.
Eyeo Festival, held in Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, is a festival with 4 days of enthralling talks, unique workshops and thought provoking interactions lead by passionate thinkers and makers. It brought together a community of people drawn to the intersection of art, data and creative technology.
This year in Eyeo, I discussed my work that alters the perception of self, through multi-sensory stimulation and induced interceptive experiences.
"The sense of self is not fixed but continuously updates in response to the present information. 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, our mind registers the sense of an agency with free will, the sense of being the cause of voluntary action. Present self continuously becomes the past, and by the time we look into it we are in another present, consumed with planning the future."
You can found my full talk here:
Future Innovators Summit - Ars Electronica 2018
Missions for Tomorrow
From September 7-10, at Ars Electronica Festival 2017
Following its successful premiere at Ars Electronica Festival 2014, and subsequent inspirational editions in 2015 and 2016, the Future Innovators Summit (FIS) has established itself as a dynamic think-tank and key program within Ars Electronica Festival. Now in its fourth year, Future Innovators from different cultures and backgrounds and from different fields such as artists, designers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, social activists and philosophers will gather in September in Linz to explore new ways of collective brainstorming and creative prototyping on the crucial questions of the future.
I am selected to join the Future Innovators Summit this year during Ars Electronica. Look forward to seeing everyone in Linz.