Xiaoli Liu

Xiaoli Liu

Philosopher, 2021-2022 Berggruen China Center Fellow


Xiaoli Liu is Professor of Department of Philosophy at Renmin University of China. She also is Director of the Chinese Society of Philosophy of Science Leader. Liu received her Ph.D. from Peking University and was a senior visiting scholar in Harvard University.

She is mainly engaged in research on philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science and philosophy of cognitive science. Her main works are “Life of Reason: A Study of Gödel’s Thought”, “Challenges of Cognitive Science to Contemporary Philosophy”, “Philosophical Issues in the Frontiers of Cognitive Science”. She edited “Symphony of Mind and Machine” and series of books “Mind and Cognition”.

Liu has been actively promoting interdisciplinary exchanges between humanities scholars and scientists in Chinese academia. In 2003, she co-founded the “Mind and Machine workshop” with other scholars, which has held 18 consecutive annual meetings. Since 2007, she has presided over a total of 100 sessions of the ” Forum of Science-Society-Humanities” at Renmin University of China. She is currently presiding over the ” Mingde Forum of Philosophy and Cognitive Science ” at Renmin University of China.

As a Berggruen China Center Fellow, Liu will communicate and cooperate with scholars in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and art to study the philosophical issues of embodied cognition: emotions and feelings, self and subjectivity, perception and action.






刘晓力多年来积极推动中国学术界人文学者与科学家的跨学科学术交流。2003年,她与其他学者共同创办了“心灵与机器研讨会”,并连续举办了18届年会、2007年以来主持中国人民大学“科学-社会-人文论坛” 共100期、目前正在主持中国人民大学“哲学与认知科学明德讲坛”。


composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.

RAVE (IRCAM 2021) https://github.com/acids-ircam/RAVE