Liu Xin (China)
Installation, EBIFA components (duplicate) aluminum, brass, steel, electronics, glass, tooth model
Two channel video, 2019
What is it like to be so light? Floating spinning, detached from what we know.
Living Distance is a fantasy and a mission, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to the outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried by a crystalline robotic sculpture called EBIFA, the tooth becomes a newborn entity in outer space and tells the inconsequential, but ever so unique story of a person in this universe. The wisdom tooth’s passage into space as if it were a newborn entering the world—its body a crystalline sculpture and its life supported by an electromechanical system. On May 2nd, 2019 the work took a round trip to the sub-orbital space on-board a Blue Origin New Shepard flight NS11. The sculpture activated during lift-off, continued its growth and occupation of space, and rest during the return to Earth as it shattered into pieces. Each of its weightless movements is carefully calculated on paper and modeled in simulation software, as there can never be a test on Earth. Similarly, in our life and sciences, predictions are only a means to collect plausible realities.