Door - Xinyao Liu
00:00 / 00:00



golden metal, speaker, mp3 player

To separate the parts on the door, I chose the most representative element - the door handle, which is the sign of the door and can be rotated. The image shows a closed door, but the sound is a variety of opening sounds, so that the intention of the image is separated from the sound. Through the different states of image and sound, I want to create a contradictory feeling and produce different perception experiences. The entire installation is very simple, creating a minimalist space, only the contrast of images and sound. The work creates interaction and dialogue, and it has inconsistent contradictions.

We can build an environment through our existing cognition, and imagine and self-revelation through the laws of the real world. I tried to liberate the functionality of objects, explore the free attributes of objects and their relationship to users. The work expresses the decentralized and de-individualized contemporary narrative. In the form of installation, it explores the “space” and the imperceptible power in life, the sound and silence, the intersection of reality and abstract space, forming a whole.

Down the Rabbit HoleXinyao
00:00 / 08:09

"Down the Rabbit Hole"


table, book, mp3 player, speaker

Installation view at the Crypt Gallery London

I got inspiration from Alice’s film Neco z Alenzy . The content of the film is Alice followed a strange rabbit into the drawer and fell into another world. I extracted some sounds from the film after she fell to another world. So the sound of my artwork likes some interesting things is happening in the drawers, just like it has another world inside. But when the audiences open the drawers, they will find nothing. It separates the perception of the audiences.

Together with different components, including sound, objects and text,  builds a platform that allows audiences to rethink this place. The installation placed in the space seems to call for behavioural intervention to activate the dynamic potential. The audiences can read the book and open the drawers, which intensifies the uncertainty of the installation.


I hope that my work can inspire a kind of association. When the audiences come in this space, they need to rely on their imaginations to determine their visual, psychological and philosophical associations and meanings. The audiences need to create an idea for themselves by seeing the scene and hearing the sound. My goal is to make my work's space no longer as hard as reality, but soft as imagined.

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