Xin Liu

Congratulations to Xin Liu on receiving the 1st X Museum Triennial Award

The “X Museum Triennial Award” aims to provide an outlook on the future of contemporary Chinese Art from different perspectives originated from diverse cultural backgrounds. The initial Triennial Award Jury board consisted of four internationally renounced curators: 

Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit;

Kate Fowle, Director of MoMA PS1;

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London, Artistic Advisor of The Shed, New York;

Zikang Zhang, Director of CAFA Art Museum, Beijing.


The award will be given to one of the 32 participating artists.


Xin Liu is an artist and engineer based in New York. 

Her works range from performances, apparatus, installations to scientific experiments, and academic papers. In her practice, Xin creates experiences and artifacts to measure the distance and tension between personal, social, and technological spaces. She has an affinity towards science and technology while remaining vigilant about its idolatry. Xin is currently the Arts Curator in the Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, a member of New INC in New Museum, and an artist-in-residence in SETI Institute. Xin graduated from MIT Media Lab with a master's degree in Media Arts and Sciences after her M.F.A from Rhode Island School of Design and B.E from Tsinghua University in Beijing (Measurement, Control Technology, and Instrument).


Living Distance is a fantasy and a mission, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried by a crystalline robotic sculpture called EBIFA (Everything Beautiful is Far Away), the tooth becomes a newborn entity in outer space and tells the story of a person in this universe. In this technology-infused outer space performance, Xin weaves her tooth’s journey together with her personal inquiry on land. The performance will be represented in a two-channel video installation that mixes documentary footage of the methodical but contingent unfolding of the launch with imagery of the artist performing underwater and in the Texas desert. The installation opens up a space in between the space mission and the dreamlike ceremonies that anoint its passage.


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December 1, 2020