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Mi You

  1. Department
    1. Kunst und Design
  2. Areas of Expertise / Occupation
    1. Medientheorie


Mi You (由宓) studied media art at Communication University of China (Beijing) and Kunsthochschule für Medien (Cologne). Since October 2014, she is research associate at Kunsthochschule für Medien focusing on global arts with a social-political, transhistorical and transcultural perspective. Her current teaching takes the Silk Road as a figuration for anti-nationalist, de-centralized and nomadic imageries. Her research interests include philosophy of immanence in both Western and Chinese Neo-Confucian traditions, performance philosophy, as well as media and technology in performance.

She has worked in film and theater with practitioners such as LU Chuan, TIM Yip, LIN Zhaohua and Paper Tiger Studio. She has also worked as curator of artistic and urban research projects that were shown in Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2007), Beijing Design Week (2011,2012), Istanbul Design Biennale (2012), Lisbon Triennale and Athens Biennale (2013). Most recently she curated a series of performative programs at Asia Culture Center Theater in Gwangju, South Korea.

Mi You is Alexander von Humboldt fellow and recipient of German Chancellor Fellowship (2012-2013) and alumni of Independent Curators International (New York) and Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern).

Selected Publications


“On the Sleep of the Computer, or the Performance of Randomness: a close reading of Ralf Baecker’s Mirage”, in Performance Research 21(1), 18-24, 2016.
“Many Exertions: Eurasia, Deep Networks and Dynamism” in Tarek Abou El Fetouh (ed.), Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah UAE, 2016.
“Beauty in Motion”, thematic essay in Kaleidoscope Asia, Vol. 1 No. 2, Milan, 2015.
“Nature, Body, Transformation: Practical Chinese Philosophy in Creative Acts”, in the catalogue of Jing Shen: the Act of Painting in Contemporary China exhibition at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2015.
“A Thrust that Turned into Many”, text contribution to Asian Arts Theater magazine, Gwangju, South Korea, 2015.
“Forensics out of Joint”, in artist publication In Residence, Vermeir&Heiremans, Andrea Phillips (eds.), LTD.ED.vzw, Brussels, 2015.
“Independent Art Spaces as Spaces of Commons in China”, in Transnational Dialogues Journal, Rome, Italy 2013.
“Shenzhen Architekturbiennale: Mehr Mensch bitte!” In Baumeister (website), 2012.
“Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interview on Interview.” In Abitare China, Vol. 8, No. 2, 142-147, 2009.
“A Fictional Dialogue Between Two Curators.” In Magazine on Urbanism: Border Urbanism, Vol. 8, No. 1, 60-69, 2008.


Trangression, Syncretism, program book with contributions from Puay-peng Ho, Igor Demchenko, Mohammad Salemy, Zhang Hui and Ashkan Sapahvand, Asia Culture Center Theater publication, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016.
Reclaiming Hong Kong’s Public Space (co-edited with Hendrik Tieben and Ho Chun Wang Steven), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010.

Selected organization/ curatorial projects

Transgression, Syncretism, curated performances, screenings and talks, Asia Cultural Center Theatre, Gwangju, South Korea (March 2016)
Curate Archive curatorial residency, Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (Spring 2016)
Herding Islands, Rats and the Anthropocene, screening program with Renan Laru-An (November 2015)
Transnational Dialogues, Sino-European artistic and interllectual exchange program, with European Alternatives (2011 – 2012, 2015 - ongoing, multiple cities)
Dashila(b), open platform for Dashilar area urban regeneration (2011-2012, Beijing)
“The Role of Artists and Intellectuals in China and Europe” workshop series under China Europa Forum (July 2009, Beijing)