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Build The Love You Deserve - Fei Moldier Liu

Fri, September 8 '17 – Sat, October 14 '17

Fei Liu: Build the Love You Deserve

ON VIEW: September 8-October 14th (with a small break Sept 29-30th, Oct 1st) OPENING & PERFORMANCE: September 14th WORKSHOP: September 23rd

"You feel worldly and multicultural for a second as his hands fumble as they slowly and gently lift your clothes from you with their fine motor movements. Since Gabriel2052 has learned his strength a few updates ago, you've been able to save money on not needing to replace all your lingerie. Your skin is damp and his silicone catches and drags as he caresses and penetrates you with precision. Deep down you wish this was enough."

Build the Love You Deserve is an inquiry into intimacy and automation -- the fabricated, the natural, the digital and the physical. Gabriel2052 is an intimacy robot designed to answer the artist's emotional needs, and is built using open source technologies. As the technology of virtual and mechanized bots enter our workforces, our communication channels, and our news cycles, what would the experience of having them in our beds and hearts look and feel like?

The exhibition takes place in three parts:


abstracting and visualizing the future implications that automation will have on labor and the workforce


between Gabriel2052 and the artist reading her Choose-Your-Own-Adventure cyborg-erotica, also titled Build the Love You Deserve


an Arduino and physical computing workshop that teaches participants how to create simpler versions of their own intimacy robot--Gabriel2052 has no fixed gender identity and can easily become Gabriela2052.

Fei Liu is a NYC-based designer, artist, and writer exploring digital empathy and the narrative potential of interfaces. She is a part time professor at Parsons MFA Design and Technology program, a podcaster and DJ on TRYTOBEGOOD with bel-air radio in Silent Barn, and was an exhibiting zine-maker at Paper Jazz and Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair. Residencies have included Akademie Schloss Solitude's Digital fellowship in Germany, New Museum's NEW INC, and New Museum's IdeasCity in Athens.