Xin Liu is an artist and engineer. In her practice, Xin creates experiences/experiments to take measurements in our personal, social and technological spaces in a post-metaphysical world: between gravity and homeland, sorrow and the composition of tear, gene sequencing and astrology. She examine the discourse-power nexus as an active practitioner, an experimenter and a performer. Her recent research and interest center around the verticality of space, extraterrestrial explorations and cosmic metabolism.


Xin is the Arts Curator in the Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, a member of the inaugural ONX studio program founded by New Museum and Onassis NY. She is also an artist-in- residence in SETI Institute. She is recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, X Museum Triennial Award, the Van Lier Fellowship from Museum of Arts and Design, Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, Huayu Youth Award Finalist, Creative Capital On Our Radar, inaugural Europe ARTificial Intelligence Lab residency with Ars Electronica, Queens Museum Artist Studio program, New INC incubator and Pioneer Works Tech Residency. She has been commissioned by institutions including M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Ars Electronica (Austria), Rhizome (USA), Media Art Xploration Festival (USA), Onassis Foundation Enter Program (US) and Abandon Normal Devices Festival (UK). She is an advisor for LACMA Art+Tech Lab and a faculty member at The Terraforming, a new research program at Strelka Institute in 2020. Xin graduated from MIT Media Lab with a master 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).


Born in Xinjiang, China in 1991

Lives and works in London, UK




Master of Science, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

Master of Fine Arts, Digital + Media, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI, USA

Bachelor of Engineering, Measurement, Control Technology, and Instrument, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Beijing, CHINA

Bachelor of Arts, Interaction Design (Second Major), TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Beijing, CHINA 


Solo Exhibitions



Aranya Art Center, ‘The Ground is Falling’, Qinhuangdao, China


M+ Digital Commission, ‘The Earth is An Image’, HongKong & Online


Make Room Los Angeles, ‘Living/Distance’, Los Angeles, CA

  Museum of Arts and Design, ‘Prologue: A falling tooth’, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions



Galerie Marguo, ‘The Hearing Trumpet, Part II’, curated by Danielle Shang, Paris, France


Property Holdings Development Group, ‘Rendering’, Hong Kong


OCAT Biennale 2021, ‘Nüwa Elysium’, Shenzhen, China                       

  Make Room Los Angeles, ‘Urban Whispers’, Los Angeles, USA
  Changjiang Museum, ‘Acoustic Taiyuan: A native soundscape project’, Curated by OU Ning, Taiyuan, China
  MOCA, ‘I Recognized the World: Born in the 80s and 90s’, Yinchuan, Chhina
  OCAT, ‘The Arts of Memory and The Memory Palace’, Shenzhen, China
  Honor Fraser Gallery, ‘Synthetic Wilderness’, Los Angeles, USA
  Pedion tou Areos park, ‘You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens’, Athens, Greece and online
  Hyundai Motorstudio, ‘Dream, Monolith, Revelation’, Beijing, China
  Power Station of Art, ‘Blue Cable in Venetian Watercourse’, Shanghai 
  e-flux ‘Artists Cinema: Crashing into the Future’, curated by Cao Fei 


Public Collection and Commission


Kadist Foundation

Onassis Foundation

Ars Electronica

M+ Museum, Hong Kong

X Museum, Beijing

Zhi Art Museum, Chengdu

He Art Museum, Shunde