Kunst - und Medienwissenschaften


Mi You

Mi You

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Kunst- und Medienwissenschaften

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Mi You (由宓) 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 arts with a social-political, transhistorical and transcultural perspective. Her current research and 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.

 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), 19-25. DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2016.1138762


“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 “A Moment in Asian Arts” section in Asian Arts Theater web 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. 


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, Asian Cultural Center Theatre, Gwangju, South Korea (March 2016)

Herding Islands, Rats and the Anthropocene, screening program with Renan Laru-An (November 2015) 

Transnational Dialogues, Sino-European exchange 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)

Selected presentations 

“Silk Road as Metaphor: nomadic identities”, Art Alanica Symposium (Aug 2015, Vladikavkaz, Russia)

“Angels and Prophets on Trial: on Jelinek’s Das schweigende Mädchen ”, University of Giessen (May 2015, Giessen)

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

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

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

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

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