Commissions & Collaborations

I accept commissions for specific writing projects — for commercial, artistic, or even personal uses. Since I get many of these requests, I’m selective about which projects I take on.

I also enjoy collaborating with visual artists, film makers, game designers, VR storytellers, conceptual artists, theater troupes, ballet companies, and other artists to produce new works that neither of us alone could make.

Please contact me (ken [AT] kenliu.name) to discuss potential projects.

Selected Examples of Commissions

  • “Shanghai in 48 Hours, a Weekend Itinerary for International Visitors by Romaing Planets Guides, 2116” — a commission for the Shanghai Project / 上海种子, an exhibition by the Shanghai Zendai Himalayas Museum, curated by Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist, April 22, 2017.
    • Nature has a write-up about the exhibit, including a discussion of my piece.
    • Another discussion by Fast Company.
  • “A Brief And Inaccurate But True Account of the Origin of Living Books” — commissioned for Tales of Our Time, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) catalogue, November 4, 2016 (read).
  • “Of Trees” — a story commissioned as part of artist Herman Chong’s solo exhibit, “Ifs, Ands, or Buts” from January 23 to May 3, 2016 at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai.
  • Commissioned stories for weddings and other occasions: You can provide me with a theme, keyword, or other details, and I will craft a story for you. I generally retain rights in the stories (sorry, I don’t do works-for-hire), but will grant you first publication and performance rights (and you can choose to be credited or not in subsequent publications).

Selected Artistic Collaborations

  • I collaborated with dance troupe BalletCollective (founded by New York City Ballet soloist Troy Schumacher) to write an essay that became the basis for their performance Translation, presetned at the NYU Skirball Center on October 25-27, 2017. You can read more about this collaboration here.
  • I collaborated with artist Qiu Anxiong in an AR piece for the Shanghai Project / 上海种子, an exhibition by the Shanghai Zendai Himalayas Museum, curated by Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist, April 2017.
    • Nature has a write-up about the exhibit, including a discussion of our collaboration.
    • Another discussion by Fast Company.
  • “Legal Bookshop” — a collaboration with artist Heman Chong for the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai as part of his show, “Ifs, Ands, or Buts.” Heman asked me to curate the books that would be sold in a temporary bookshop at the museum to help readers navigate the Chinese legal system, and I interpreted “law” in a non-literal manner.
    Legal Bookshop
  • Real Artists” — Director Cameo Wood turned my story by the same name (written for MIT Tech Review’s TRSF) into a short film.Real Artists – Trailer from Charming Stranger Films on Vimeo.
  • Beautiful Dreamer” — Director David Gaddie turned my story, “Memories of My Mother,” into a short film.Beautiful Dreamer Trailer from AfterPartyVFX on Vimeo.