Designer & Artist, MIT Media Lab
Ani Liu is a speculative technologist, artist, designer, and researcher at MIT. Lodged somewhere between science fiction and science fact, her work explores the intersection between technology, sensory perception, and the culture & implications of emerging technologies. Her work has spanned the scales of built installations, prosthetic wearables, virtual reality immersions, and synthetic biology as she searches for the epiphanies linking technological innovation with emotional affordance. She trained as an artist at Dartmouth, an architect at Harvard, and now a technologist at MIT, and continually seeks to discover the unexpected through playful experimentation, intuition, and speculative storytelling.
Ani has worked with Sputniko and also co-taught a studio course with Krzysztof Wodiczko at the Harvard Graduate School of Design titled “Cultural Prosthetics: Tools for Communication and Expression in Public Space”. She has also developed 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 redefine spatial experience.