Liu Tian (born 1984 in Hangzhou) is committed to both research and creation, with his work spanning curation, creation, theoretical research, design and writing.

Since 2006, as an artist, he has participated in Cloud Theatre — Shanghai Odyssey (director, 2013), Reactivation: The 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012), The 3rd Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art (2012) and Design Network Asia (2006), among others.

As a curator, he has participated in the planning of a number of academic exhibitions, including the recent Cause and Examples Projected from It by Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir (2017), a group exhibition at the 11th Shanghai Biennial (2016) entitled Why Not Ask Again? – argument, defense, story, the Third World Action Project of the Inter-Asia Biennale, the 1st Xiamen Jimei ×Arles International Photography Exhibition Gray·Tough·Frame·Foreign and the 2nd Jimei Arles International Photography Exhibition Scholars and Poets (2016).

In 2010, he established an independent research-creation agency, Open Matter Institute. He is reading for a doctorate from CAFA's Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Sciences Institute on cross-media arts. Projects in progress include Nearly Anti-matter, Dada Declaration and A CASE.