GRAVITY IS THE MOMENTUM OF FEELING: XIN LIU AND JONI ZHU IN CONVERSATION
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
The second event in the Asymmetry Distinguished Lecture Series, ‘Energies of Attachment: Rethinking Intimacy in contemporary Chinese and Sinophone Art’ is a conversation between artist Xin Liu and curator Joni Zhu.
Xin Liu is an artist and engineer who creates experiences/experiments that trace the contours of personal, social, and technological space in a post-metaphysical world. Her work resides between the measurable and ineffable, seeking tensions and reconciliations at macro- and micro-scales that are at once otherworldly and all too human. While her research and practice has centred on extraterritorial explorations and cosmic metabolism, — the metabolism of our planet and how it has been affected by technological infrastructures — she has more recently shifted her focus inward, probing the intimate mechanisms of biological processes, genetic sequencing and reproduction. In their conversation, moderated by Senior Lecturer Dr Wenny Teo, Liu and curator Joni Zhu will speak to a number of themes that they share in their practice, including diasporic subjectivities, speculative fictions, machine conditioning, ecologies of care and alternative imaginings of the future.
The event will include a special screening of Liu’s celebrated video performance work, ‘Living Distance’ (2019), a poetic chronicle of a real event in which the artist launched her wisdom tooth to outer space in a crystalline robotic structure called EBIFA aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, and brought it back to Earth again
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Organised by Dr Wenny Teo, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art, The Courtauld; Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt, Deputy Director, Asymmetry Art Foundation, and Dr Feixuan Xu, Asymmetry Postdoctoral Fellow, The Courtauld.