Art and Media Studies


Mi You

Mi You

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Art and Media Studies

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Mi You studied media art at Communication University of China (Beijing) and Kunsthochschule für Medien (Cologne). Since October 2014, she is academic staff at Kunsthochschule für Medien focusing on global art and its implications on conceptual and formal migration and translation. 

Her current research interest is in the Silk Road as metaphor for artistic and political border transgression and cross-reading of Chinese Neo-Confucian and Western vitalist philosophy.

She was Humboldt fellow and recipient of German Chancellor Fellowship (2012-2013).

Selected Publications


“A Fictional Dialogue Between Two Curators.” In Magazine on Urbanism: Border Urbanism, Vol. 8, No. 1, 60-69, 2008. 

“Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interview on Interview.” In Abitare China, Vol. 8, No. 2, 142-147, 2009.

“People Meet, Spaces Meet: Venice Biennale of Architecture.” In Abitare China, Vol. 21, No. 7, 98-105, 2010.

“Shenzhen Architekturbiennale: Mehr Mensch bitte!” In Baumeister (website), 2012.

“Independent Art Spaces as Spaces of Commons in China.”, in Transnational Dialogues Journal, Rome, 2013.


Reclaiming Hong Kong’s Public Space (co-edited with Hendrik Tieben and Ho Chun Wang Steven), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010.

Selected presentations

“Artistic Interventions and Urban Policy”, Europe-China Youth Policy Dialogue (February, 2012, Chengdu, China)

“Artistic Practices in Urban Spaces in China”, “It’s about Space” Symposium at Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (May 2012, Rome)

“Commons in City”, Idea City Forum organized by New Museum (New York) at the Istanbul Design Biennale
(November 2012, Istanbul)

“Collaborative Artistic Practices in China: Strategies and Positions”, “Kollaborative Praktiken in Kunst und Wissenschaft” symposium, Ruhruniersität (December 2012, Bochum) 

“WE Manifesto”, “Perform Diversity” conference, Münchner Kammerspiele (June 2013, Munich)

“You are here… (Considerations of nomad curatorship)”, Zentrum Paul Klee presentation (August 2013, Bern)

“Some Thoughts on Asian Contemporaneity”, “Asian Contemporaneity, Now Jump” presentation at Asian Arts Theater, (October 2013, Gwangju, South Korea)

“Change Utopia and Unconventional Modernisms”, Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (February 2014, Niterói, Brazil)

 “Gongfu Reconsidered: Energy at Work and in Life”, Performance Studies International Annual Conference (July 2014, Shanghai)

Selected organization/ curatorial projects

“The Role of Artists and Intellectuals in China and Europe” workshop series under China Europa Forum (July 2009, Beijing)

Dashila(b), open platform for Dashilar area urban regeneration (2011-2012, Beijing)

Transnational Dialogues, Sino-European artistic and interllectual exchange program, with European Alternatives (2011 – 2012, multiple cities)