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Gleaming Bodies

Cry:O Series

Sapporo International Arts Festival
Sapporo, Japan

January 20 - February 25, 2024

Xin LIU creates an immersive exhibition space resembling a womb-like environment. It references the female womb as a cosmic creator, contemplating the perpetuation of life and the fantastical possibilities that technology may offer beyond human existence. Central to the room, which has illuminated white floors that glow from beneath, sits a piece titled The Mothership that explores humanity’s inherent drive to sustain and propagate our species. The work is inspired by biological and medical innovations such as cryonics and egg freezing, as well as seed banks where seeds are stored to preserve genetic diversity for the future. Within the piece, a cooling mechanism is incorporated, causing a delicate layer of frost to emerge on its surface. This element references scientific research conducted in subglacial lakes in Antarctica and the ice-covered oceans of Jupiter and Saturn’s moons, where exploratory instruments search for signs of ancient and enigmatic life forms.