Project

Living Distance

 Tim Saputo, Xin Liu

Living Distance is a mission and a fantasy realized, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried by a crystalline robotic device called EBIFA, the tooth tells the inconsequential but unique story of a person in this universe. EBIFA's form and function follow an unusually personal approach to our technological space futures, one centered on visceral, active, empathic, and poetic engagement.

Living Distance is a mission and a fantasy realized, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried by a crystalline robotic device called EBIFA, the tooth tells the inconsequential but unique story of a person in this universe. EBIFA's form and function follow an unusually personal approach to our technological space futures, one centered on visceral, active, empathic, and poetic engagement.

Once entering apogee, the EBIFA device will be released and demonstrate a new mechanism for navigating in three-dimensional space. By shooting the string out and dragging the body once the tethered projectile is attached to a remote, anchored surface, the mechanism enables spatial navigation with minimal impetus in the zero-gravity environment. 


The performance resembles a previous performance of the artist herself in parabolic flight (Orbit Weaver). This experiment will be the first spider-like, robotic dance in weightlessness.

In this journey, the tooth will become a newborn entity in space, with its crystalline sculptural body and life supported by an electromechanical system. Each of its weightless movements is carefully calculated on paper and modelled in simulation software, as there can never be a true test on Earth. 

We are expecting the on-board footages in a few days, stay tuned!