Nix Liu Xin — Chinese-born US-based new media artist and tech innovator — works with emerging mediums and technologies such as motion visual arts, architecture, extended reality, 3d scanning, robotics, and artificial intelligence for the world’s top brands and organizations. His creativity centers around the iconic "phygital" realities merging fluid forms, movements, visual effects, colors, and sounds at the intersection of real and virtual worlds.

As the founder and creative director of Play.Work, a media art and tech company, Nix has collaborated with Mercedes-Benz, Burberry, Bosie, Chris Lee (Li Yuchun), London Fashion Week, Microsoft, Miss Grit, NYLON, Polestar Cars, SCI-Arc Robot Lab, Victor Ma (Ma Boqian), Wallpaper, WhatWorld Club, etc., to create bespoke films and music videos fusing CGI virtual and live-action real worlds.

Nix is currently a Master in Design Studies (Media/Technology) candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and cross-registered at MIT Media Lab. He holds an M.Arch 2 degree from SCI-Arc; and a B.A. in Architecture with an Honors degree from the University of Liverpool where his graduation project won Sheppard Robson Jicwood Prize.

Nix was endowed with numerous awards. To name a few: he won the first prize of the prestigious CGarchitect 3D Awards 2020 and was nominated in 2019; he was selected as one of 12 artists to hold solo exhibitions at Lianzhou Foto Festival in 2019. Recently, Nix co-curated the international New Digital Design Forum, and invited world-renowned artists, designers, and professors to bridge the communication of Post-Digital culture between west and east. Nix has been invited to give guest lectures and speakings at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, Tongji University, Gensler SF, etc. Additionally, his works have been exhibited at World Trade Center in New York City, Los Angeles, Liverpool, Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai, and so on.



Cambridge, MA, United States
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Shanghai, China


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Master in Design Studies, Mediums & Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cross-Registration, Media Lab


Master of Architecture

University of Liverpool

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

New York Film Academy


Awards & Recognition

2023 - Design Studies Domain Award, Harvard University
2023 - AACYF Top 30 Under 30 (2023年度全美华人30位30岁以下青年精英)
2023 - Winner of Best Film, Best Visual, Best Music, Best Script, and Best AI Application, MIT AI Filmmaking Hackathon - "DOG: Dream Of Galaxy"
2023 - Semi-Finalist, MIT Reality Hack - "Beat Blocks"
2020 - Winner, CGarchitect 3D Awards (Student Film) - “Phygital Shopping Cart”
2020 - Exhibitor, Creative Code Art Festival, NYC - “Three Supermarkets”
2020 - SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis Scholarship
2019 - Exhibitor, Lianzhou Foto Festival - “Liverpool Waterfront Moments”
2019 - Exhibitor, Infinity Festival Hollywood - “Augmented Library Aggregation”
2019 - SCI-Arc Continuing Student Scholarship
2019 - Nominee, CGarchitect 3D Awards (Student Film) - “Augmented Library Aggregation”
2018 - Ten Selected Awards, Hsinta Ecological Power Plant Conceptual Design Competition
2017 - Winner, Sheppard Robson Jicwood Prize - “#IMadeLiverpool”

Teaching + Talks

2023 - Guest Lecture - Stanford University
2023 - Guest Lecture - Central Academy of Fine Arts
2023 - Guest Lecture "Phygital Realities All At Once" - China Academy of Art
2022 - Pre- and Post- (Teaching Assistant), taught by Hyojin Kwon - Harvard GSD
2022 - Digital Media: TouchDesigner II (Tech Workshop) - Harvard GSD
2022 - Artifacts as Media: Signals, Data, Information and Technology (Student Assistant), taught by Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo Lopez - Harvard GSD
2022 - "Playful" Practice (Guest Lecture) - Gensler in San Francisco
2021 - Intro to Photogrammetry (Tech Workshop) for Proseminar in MEDIUMS: On Making Culture, Technology, and Art, taught by Allen Sayegh - Harvard GSD
2021 - Phygitalism (Guest Lecture) - UCL Bartlett

Clients + Collaborators

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
Chris Lee 李宇春
London Fashion Week
Miss Grit
Polestar Cars
Re-TROS 重塑雕像的权利
SCI-Arc Robot Lab
Testa & Weiser
Victor Ma 马伯骞
Wallpaper Magazine
WhatWorld Club