Talk Event

Neil Mendoza + Ani Liu Artist Talk

The Grand Prize and First Prize winners of the YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018 has come to Japan. At this Artist Talk, we will discuss their work and what they are thinking about now in the world of technology and art.
SCHEDULE 2019/2/17 (Sun) / 13:30 - 16:40
PLACE Kudan House MAP

Neil Mendoza and Ani Liu, who have received the Grand Prize and First Prize of the YouFab Global Creative Awards 2018, will make a presentation in Tokyo, Japan.

Neil works as a media artist in the United States after having graduated from Oxford University in the UK. Through his goldfish-controlled winning work, Fish Hammer, viewer can ask questions related to the empowerment of aquatic creatures and what it means to unconsciously destroy the home of others.

After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ani Liu has published numerous artworks in the biotechnology field. Continuing to think about the relationship between human consciousness and technology, her work Mind the in the Machine, focuses on the the theme of the influence of technology on human life, culture and identity.

This Artist Talk will look back on these two prize-winning works, as well as the past and current activities of both Neil Mendoza and Ani Liu. The Artist Talk will be held at the YouFab exhibition hall, kudan house (Tokyo · Kudanshita)

* Presentation will be given in English with translation into Japanese.


Guest Profile

Neil Mendoza, Media Artist

Master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Oxford University, Master’s degree in design media art at UCLA. Teaching art and technology at UCLA and Stanford University.

Neil Mendoza has made many works that breathe life into objects and spaces by combining sculpture, electronic equipment and software. The act is often absurd, humorous, futile, but often attempts to explore a new way of looking at separating an object from its context and conversely giving a new context.

Co-founded the art collective is this good?


△ YouFab 2018 Grand Prix winning work Fish Hammer

The goldfish swims around the aquarium, unaware of the sensor above which is communicating its movement to the hammer outside. The fish moves and the hammer crashes down on the miniature furniture outside. This work raises questions related to the influence of humans on the ecosystem.


Ani Liu, Artist 

A research-based artist who works at the intersection of art and science.

Ani Liu explores the interrelationship between science, technology, and the influence they have on human subjectivity, culture, and identity. Through simultaneously exploring scientific processes and emotional expressions, Ani Liu creates works with themes of subconscious minds, longing, nostalgia, and memory. She teaches at Harvard GSD and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



△ YouFab 2018 First Prize winning work Mind in the Machine

This piece takes the brainwave signals of the factory worker and programs the machine to create a knit that reflects her cognitive states. It is a project that reflects on the mark of the human hand in the age of mechanical production, as well as all of the anonymous human contributions involved in an economy of automation.


Date and time:
Sunday, February 17, 13: 30-16: 40

kudan house
1-15-9 Kuzute North, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


13:30 ~ 14:50 Neil Mendoza Presentation (with Japanese interpretation)
15:20 ~ 16:40 Ani Liu Presentation (with Japanese interpretation)


Please apply from the Peatix page.

Depending on the reservation situation, participation on the day is also possible.

Organized by: YouFab 2018 Executive Office
Cooperation: kudan house

2019/2/17 (Sun)13:30 - 16:40

Price Free
Place Kudan House MAP

Kudan House

1 Chome-15-9 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0073
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