Presented by the Department of Art with support from the Department of Art History, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Moody Center for the Arts, and in collaboration with the Center for African and African American Studies.

Ani Liu
Tuesday, March 5 // 7:00 PM
Sewall Hall, room 301

What is art as research? How does making become a method of inquiry for exploring questions in science, technology, culture, and reality? Ani Liu is giving an artist talk about her practice, with works in media ranging from microbiology, artificial intelligence and robotics. Through the work, she explores themes in motherhood, identity, labor and the body in a technologically mediated world.

Ani Liu is an internationally exhibiting research-based artist working at the intersection of art & technoscience. Integrating emerging technologies with cultural reflection and social change, Ani’s most recent work examines the biopolitics of reproduction, labor, care work and motherhood.

Ani’s work has been exhibited internationally, at the Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, Ars Electronica, the Queens Museum Biennial, MIT Museum, MIT Media Lab, Mana Contemporary, Harvard University, and Shenzhen Design Society.

Ani is the winner of numerous awards including the Princeton Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, the Virginia Groot Foundation Fellowship, the S&R Washington Prize, Prix Ars Electronica, the YouFab Global Creative Awards, the Biological Art & Design Award, Triangle Arts Residency.

Ani’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Art in America, Artnet News, the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and her solo show in Ecologies of Care was named as a best of 2022 highlight in Artforum. She has been profiled by Science Friday, National Geographic, PBS, the MIT Tech Review, BOMB Magazine, VICE, WIRED, TED and Gizmodo, amongst many others.

Ani is passionate about integrating multidisciplinary approaches to art making, and is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Ani has previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, Columbia University, and is on critique panels at Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Pratt, Parsons, The New School. Ani has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Science from MIT Media Lab.

Ani continually seeks to discover the unexpected, through playful experimentation, intuition, and speculative storytelling. Ani’s studio is based in Queens, New York.

Headshot of Ani Liu

Image of 3-D printed work by Ani Liu

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