Ani Liu: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology
Ani Liu - Designer, artist
Ani Liu explores the intersection between technology and sensory perception. Full bio
levels in the soil
through the color of its leaves?
remove those toxins from the soil?
of mass-produced commodities?
and researcher at MIT Media Lab,
and unique group called Design Fiction,
between science fiction and science fact.
to rub shoulders with scientists
there's truly brilliant scientists
"How can I make the world a better place?"
likes to ask is, "What is better?"
about the work-life balance at your office
on the first day?
of artists and designers
and feel the future,
time to be a designer,
as a design problem.
scientist or businessman?
of what it means to be a human?
on society, on evolution
at the current moment
as a design space,
a smell selfie, a smelfie?
your own natural body odor
was a 19th century Austrian tradition,
would keep a slice of apple
she most fancied her used fruit,
many love letters to Josephine,
is this brief and urgent note:
entombed them in a locket
to smell just like Josephine?
just as Napoleon loved her?
but resist pests,
of nutritional value.
for an emotionally sensitive output?
what makes a human smell like a human?
your medications, your lifestyle
is mostly odorless,
your mood, your identity
of molecules that you emit
30 percent underarm,
I let researchers from other labs
how smell of the body
of the context of the body.
a set of carnivorous plants
fleshlike odors to attract prey,
this symbiotic relationship
I'm at MIT and I'm in a bar,
and a plant scientist,
like botany for lonely women."
that can love me back?"
he was like, "Sure, why not?"
can we get a plant to grow towards me
in plants such as phototropism,
to grow towards the sun
on the shady side.
a set of lipsticks
on its own chemical signatures --
to grow where I kiss it,
where I kiss the bloom.
when we can reengineer its properties,
to create work as moving as music?
our emotional landscape?
that form follows function.
between science, design and art
would we ask together?
About the Speaker:Ani Liu - Designer, artist
Ani Liu explores the intersection between technology and sensory perception.
Why you should listen
Ani Liu is a transdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of art and science. Currently at MIT Media Lab, she creates research-based art that explores the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies. In the search to link scientific innovation with emotional tangibility, her work has spanned the scales of architectural installations, wearable prosthetics, augmented reality and synthetic biology.
Liu's work has been presented at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Asian Art Museum, MIT Museum , MIT Media Lab, Wiesner Gallery, Harvard University, Open Gallery, Powerhouse Alliance Conference, Buildings as Cities Inaugural Conference and TEDxBeaconStreet. Her work has been featured in several publications, including See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded and Solid: Design Techniques.
In 2014-15, she led the research program in Sensory Mediation at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which explores how information visualization, augmented reality and other emerging technologies can be harnessed to extend the human sensorium to redefine spatial experience.
She taught as an Associate Instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she co-taught an advanced-level architectural studio called Architecture of Cultural Prosthetics: Tools for Communication and Expression in the Public Space with Krzysztof Wodiczko.
Liu has a BA from Dartmouth College and received a Masters of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, earning a distinction for her thesis in wearable technologies, responsive environments and cultural prosthetics. She continually seeks to discover the unexpected, through playful experimentation, intuition and speculative storytelling.
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