LIU Kaixin, Cassie

LIU Kaixin, Cassie is an artist and writer based in southern China. Her interests lie at the intersections of visual arts, creative writing, and critical theory. She works across different forms and mediums, which span installation, videography, performance, and writing projects. In her practice, she uses varying motifs found in sound, light and texts to construct spaces, atmospheres and narratives, which enables her to conduct inquiries into the symbolic meanings behind visual appearances. Her work discusses topics ranging from the interrelationship between body and space to regional diasporic experiences in southern China, often resulted from and fuelled by her negotiations with her own identities and surroundings.


Previous Works
Hypocentre at -1m

Multi-channel video instllation with sound

Duration variable

In Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, the protagonist Tristan sings ‘what, hear I the light?’ before he dies. This almost impossible sensual encounter operates on a simple paradox: One can never see light itself but only the reflection of light, so the only way to perceive light is through hearing.

To capture their ephemeral existence, LIU Kaixin, Cassie explores the ambiguous connection between light and sound in Hypocentre at -1m. In the form of video installation, she creates and composes sonic and material waves that travel, radiate, and deliver messages together, revealing a reality beyond visuality.

Deep-Sky Objects

Four-channel video installation with sound

Duration variable

Deep-Sky Objects depicts the movements of various light objects against the backdrop of dark, seemingly empty urban spaces. Comprising four successive chapters, the body of work features footages that were recorded at specific, concrete locales, yet later edited as abstract, timeless graphics. By subtly mapping out a personal, geographic history, the work also alludes to the social realties that have been collectively experienced in our shared city landscape.

The Amazing Treasure of Nights and Days

Gelatin silver prints, wooden boxes, light bulb, metal joints

Sets of three, 19.8 19.8 × 3.7 cm each

The Amazing Treasure of Nights and Days is a set of three lightboxes, exploring the possibilities of image and light. The photographs in the work were shot in daylight, yet with the physical lighting device interfering the depth of the images, there emerges a fabricated sense of time and space. Lingering between night and day, the work is entitled with a reference to Borges’s Remorse for any death. The poem says:

‘Even what we are thinking
it might be thinking too;
we have shared out like thieves
the amazing treasure of nights and days.’