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Jen Liu

b. 1976, New York, USA
Lives and works in New York and Vermont, USA

Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Gold Edition, 2019

7 works
Multi-media installation: live performances, videos, set design, paintings and costumes
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2019 commission

Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Gold Edition is a suite of live performances, video, set design, installation and paintings that reflect on the value and nature of gold. They investigate a diverse range of topics: gold-particle genetic engineering, gold as a principle of wealth, labour and trade, and how one’s body and ‘fate’ can be altered by ingesting gold. Part of an ongoing series, this component explores biolistics, a method of shooting gold microparticles into cell walls to introduce a string of synthetic DNA into a cell organism. Installed at the Asian Civilisations Museum, the presentation extends the artist’s interest to activate a conversation with collections, archival artefacts and notions of display.


Production supported by: Creative Capital; The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation;
New York Foundation for the Arts; Triple Canopy

Jen Liu (b. 1976, New York, USA) works with video, choreographic performance, biomaterial and painting to explore topics of national identity, gendered economies, neoliberal industrial labour and the re-motivating of archival artefacts. She applies problem-solving methods to complex social issues, which are then permitted to progress to their logical conclusions and create speculative narratives seemingly beyond reason. She has presented work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA and the New Museum (New York), Royal Academy and ICA (London), as well as the Shanghai Biennale (2014), amongst others. She is also a recipient of the Creative Capital Award (2019) and Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video (2017), amongst others. She lives and works in New York and Vermont, USA.