Xin Liu (刘昕, born in Xinjiang, 1991) is an artist and engineer.

She creates experiences and artifacts to examine what makes subjectivities and affects, to actively participate in the paradigm shifts between technological advances and human experiences, to reconfigure the tools of technology for the recovery of human experiences. Her projects materialize as performances, apparatus, installations, scientific experiments and academic papers.

She is the current recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship from Museum of Arts and Design and the Arts Curator in Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab.

Xin has shown her work internationally at events and venues including Ars Electronica, Boston MFA, Sundance Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, OCAT Shanghai, ISEA and Music Tech Festival Berlin. As a researcher, Xin has worked in institutions including Microsoft Research NYC & Asia and Google ATAP.



SXSW Interactive Innovation Award Exhibition, Austin, USA

Global Grab Show – Dubai Design Week, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Right to Re– in the UCSC pavilion for The Wrong Biennial
Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, NYC
Das andere Ich/ The Other I – Ars Electronica Festival – Linz, Austria
Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2016 – Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, China
Summer Party Performance in Koch Gallery — Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA
Wearable Technology in Fashion Film Screening – ASVOFF9, Sofia, Bulgaria
Virtual Arcade – Tribeca Film Festival, Manhattan, NY
New Frontier – Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah

Art Scholar show — Wiesner Gallery in MIT, Cambridge, MA
mfaNOW Overnight: College Edition/Last Call — Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
29th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium — Tokyo, Japan
Skrin Performance with Viktoria Modesta — Music Tech Festival, Berlin, Germany
Tear Series — International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong, China

The Ballad of Generation Y — OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China
10th anniversary of Information Design —- Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Body as Interface with Xin LIU —- Eyebeam, Manhattan, NY
The Energy Propagated — International Symposium on Electronic Art, Toronto, Canada
It’s Never As It Seems — Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
RISD Grad Graduation Exhibition — Convention Center, Providence, RI
Body + Internet Curation — Exposé, Providence RI & Industry Lab, Boston, MA
Synthetic Zero Event — BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY

8th International TEI Conference — LMU, Munich Germany
Human + Computer — Exposé, Providence RI

All That Glitters Is Not LEDs —- Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence RI
Exhibition of Undergraduate College Artwork —- Beijing, China

Beijing Fashion Design Week —- Beijing, China
The New Spotlight in International Design Week — Shenzhen, China



Navigating the Creative Technology Scene in New York and Beyond Panel in Mandarin – New York Foundation for the Arts, Manhattan, USA
ArtTechPsyche IV – Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
AR in Action, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA

Future Innovator Summit at Ars Electronica , Linz, Austria
Tech To Reconnect, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, USA
Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, USA
Global Virtual Reality Conference, Shanghai, China
23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art and XVI International Image Festival (Joint Schedule), Manizales, Colombia
Nature Summit, Washington DC, USA

AEDA “Cognitive Immersion”, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, NYC, USA
Technology + Fashion: Projects for Tomorrow and Today Panel Discussion, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA

ANTHOLOGY9, Providence, USA
New England Graduate Media Symposium, Boston, USA



2018 SXSW Interative Innovation Award (Sci-fi No Longer category)
2018 Van Lier Fellowship in Museum of Arts and Design
2017 Best Paper Honorable Mention, The International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC)
2017 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award , Three Honorable mention (Student category)
2017 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award , Two Honorable mention (Experimental category)
2017 Core 77 Interaction Design Award, Student Runner Up (Second Price)
2016-2017 MIT Art Council Grant
2015 Best Paper Award, Augmented Human Conference
2013-2015RISD scholarship and fellowship
2014 RISD grad student conference fund
2014 Distinguished overseas student from Xinjiang, nominated by the Chinese consulate in New York



2018 Pioneer Works Residency (UPCOMING)
2018 Artist Studio in Museum of Arts and Design
2016 Industry Lab Artist in Residency
2015 Wagon Station Encampment organized by Andrea Zittel



Museum of Arts and Design  2018
Van Lier Fellow

Space Exploration Initiative – MIT Media Lab 2018
Arts Curator

Keio University 2017
Visiting Researcher

<Tree> VR Film – in collaboration with New Reality  2016-2017
Lead Tactile Technologist

MIT Media Lab 2015-2017
Research Assistant, Fluid Interfaces Group,

Microsoft Research NYC 2015
Research Intern, Fuse Lab

MIT & Rhode Island School of Design & Brown Univerity  joint Course 2015
Instructor, Body + Internet

Rhode Island School of Design 2015
Instructor, Paranoid East

Google ATAP 2014
Independent Contractor, Project Jacquard

Rhode Island School of Design 2014

Teaching Assistant, Next Generation of Wearables with Soojun Ham and Sara Hendren
Research Assistant, Drone Lab led by Shona Kitchen

Microsoft Research Asia 2013
Research Intern, HCI Group

Tsinghua Art and Science Media Laboratory 2012
Research Assistant



MIT Media Lab, Master of Media Arts and Science
Advisor: Pattie Maes, Fluid Interfaces Group

Rhode Island School of Design, Master of Fine Arts – Digital + Media
Advisor: Kelly Dobson and Shona Kitchen

Tsinghua University, Bachelor of Engineering – Precision Instrument and Control Technology & Bachelor of Arts – Entertainment Design



The Creators Project, VICE – 刘昕用一套电子机械设备演示了如何在零重力环境下移动
Dubai Design Week – TreeSense by Yedan Qian and Xin LIU
What’s On – Dubai Design Week is back: Here are 6 awesome exhibits to check out
Dezeen – MIT researchers develop tattoo inks that could act as health trackers
CBS News – Color-changing tattoos aim to monitor blood sugar, other health stats
Forbes – Epic Virtual Reality Experiences at Tribeca Film Festival Through April 30th
Wired Italy – TreeSense, la realtà virtuale per trasformarsi in un albero
FastCoDesign – Escape From The Horror Of 2017 By Becoming A Tree
The New York Times – At Sundance, the Theme Is Climate Change
Motherboard VICE – Wave Emojis at Your Friends with Velcro LEDs
Wired Germany – Hinter den Kulissen von Viktoria Modestas transhumaner Bühnenshow
The Art Newspaper Issue 41 – 艺术与科技之间,谁在探索未来,谁在下达指令?
CAFA Art Info – “The Ballad of Generation Y
Adafruit –Turn Your Body Into an Interface Using Conductive Ink
SinoVision TV channel – Xin LIU: Art Through Technology
RISD Media – Positively Mesmerizing
Vision Magazine – 2015 Spring Issue
Our RISD — Tech-forward Design
Scientific American — Exploring “Transhumanism”
CCTV10 — The Light of Technology < Wearing Technology>


• Katia Vega, Nan Jiang, Xin LIU, Viirj Kan, Nicolas Barry, Ali Yetisen, Pattie Maes and Joe Paradiso. “The Dermal Abyss: Interfacing with the Skin by Tattooing BiosensorsBest Paper Honorable Mention In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers. ACM, 2017.

• Sang-won Leigh, Harpreet Sareen, Hsin-Liu (Cindy) Kao, Xin Liu, Pattie Maes. “Body-Borne Computers as Extensions of Self” Computers, 2017, vol. 6, no 1, p. 12.

Xin Liu, Katia Vega, Jing Qian, Joe Paradiso, Pattie Maes. “Fluxa: Body movements as a social display” Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 29th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology. ACM, UIST 2016.

• Joe Paradiso, Chris Schmandt, Katia Vega, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Rébecca Kleinberger, Xin Liu, Jie Qi, Asta Roseway, Ali K. Yetisen, Jürgen Steimle, Martin Weigel. “UnderWare: Aesthetic, Expressive, and Functional On-Skin Technologies” International Workshop at the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Xin Liu, Kati London. “T.A.I: A Tangible AI Interface to Enhance Human-Artificial Intelligence (AI) Communication Beyond the Screen.” In Proceedings of the 2016 companion publication on Designing interactive systems. ACM, DIS 2016.

Xin Liu, Katia Vega, Pattie Maes, Joe A.Paradiso. “Wearability Factors for Skin Interfaces 2nd Best Paper Award Proceedings of the 7th Augmented Human International Conference. ACM, AH 2016.

Xin Liu, and Jiawei Gu. “FlexStroke: a flexible, deformable brush-tip with dynamic stiffness for digital input.” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. ACM, TEI 2014.

Xin Liu, Haijun Xia, and Jiawei Gu. “FlexStroke: a jamming brush tip simulating multiple painting tools on digital platform.” Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology. ACM, UIST 2013.