Dr. des. Mi You 由宓 is a curator, researcher, and academic staff at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where she lectures on arts and media theory with a social-political, transhistorical and transcultural perspective. She has worked as curator of artistic research projects that were shown in Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2007), Istanbul Design Biennale (2012), Lisbon Triennale and Athens Biennale (2013), v2_lab for the unstable media (2015), SAVVY Contemporary (2016), among others.
Her long-term research and curatorial project takes the Silk Road as a figuration for deep-time, deep-space, de-centralized and nomadic imageries. Under this rubric she has curated a series of performative programs at Asian Culture Center Theater in Gwangju, South Korea and the inaugural Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Mongolia (2016). With Binna Choi, she is co-initiator of a long-term research/curation project Unmapping Eurasia(2018-). Her transcultural curatorial work has concretised in exhibitions like "Around Ai Weiwei: Photograph 1983-2016" at CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia and "Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals" at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2017).
At the same time, her interests in politics around technology and futures led her to work on “actionable speculations”, articulated in the exhibition, workshops and sci-fi-a-thon “Sci-(no)-fi” at the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne (2019), as well as in her function as chair of committee on Media Arts and Technology for the transnational political NGO Common Action Forum.
She has lectured internationally, including at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Vera List Center for Arts and Politics (New York), Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), Global Art Forum (Dubai). Her academic interests are in performance philosophy, science and technology studies, as well as philosophy of immanence in Eastern and Western traditions.
She co-initiated (in 2011) and is committee member of EU-funded project “Transnational Dialogues”, an exchange platform between China, Europe and Brazil. She is fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland) and Independent Curators International (New York). She is member of the Aacdemy of Arts of the World, and serves as director of Arthub and advisor to Institute for Provocation.
“Desire, DNA and Transgenetic Technology: Life after Necropolitics”, in Natasha Lushetich (ed.) The Aesthetics of Necropolitics, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.
“Intermediating Immanence: On Ho Tzu Nyen’s Ten Thousand Tigers”, in Katia Arfara, Aneta Mancewicz and Ralf Remshardt (eds.), Intermedial Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere, 229-243, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75343-0_15
“Manchukuo, Capitalism and the East Asian Modern: Transhistorical Desire in Kishi the Vampire” Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, Vol. 2 No.1, 93-117, 2018. DOI: 10.1353/sen.2018.0003
“Differences and Sameness: secularity in the case of Nicholas Roerich”, with Eszter Szakács, PARSE Journal, No. 6 autumn 2017.
“The Nomad, Space and Network of the Silk Roads”, MaHKUscript: Journal of Fine Art Research, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2016. DOI: 10.5334/mjfar.19
“Is Chineseness too big for China? Chineseness in Negotiation in Minoritarian Practices of Organhaus Art Space”, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 3 No.1&2, 13-26, 2016.
“Taqiyyah, Language and Game: On Lawerence Abu Hamdan’s Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself”, Performance Research, Vol. 21 No.4, 113-121, 2016.
“Digital Confucianism: a Confucian Take on Computation and Algorithms”, International Symposium on Electronic Artannual conference proceeding, City University of Hong Kong Press, 2016.
“On the Sleep of the Computer, or the Performance of Randomness: a close reading of Ralf Baecker’s Mirage”, Performance Research, Vol. 21 No.1, 18-24, 2016.
Non-refereed articles (selection)
“Space, Technology and Chinese Science Non-Fiction”, Obiegmagazine Issue 10, Warsaw: Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, 2019.
“Feminist and Queer Desire and Care: On siren eun young jung’s works”, in Histories Have Failed Us, But No Matter, catalogue of the Korean Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2019.
“Silk Roads, Tributary Networks and Old and New Imperialism”, in Clementine Edwards and iLiana Fokianaki (eds.) Extra States, Nations in Liquidation, Antwerp: Kunsthal Extra City, Belgium, 2018.
“Confucianism, Technology and Capitalism: A few thoughts on The Question Concerning Technology in China. An Essay in Cosmotechnics”, in Soils, Séances, Sciences and Politics (SSSP)-Seminar on the Posthuman and New Materialism,32-39, Beijing, China, 2018.
“The New Earth and Its Multiple Becomings: on Alexander Ugay’s works”, in Alexander Ugay: Topology of Image, Almaty: Aspan Gallery, Kazakhstan, 2018.
“Seen and Heard in China”, in Ula Sickle:Free Gestures / Wolne Gesty, Warsaw: Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, 2018.
“Chinese Globalization, Confucian Capitalism, and Transnationalism? Some conceptual parameters”, in Propositions for a Pan-Peripheral Network, Mezosferaonline magazine of tranzit network, Budapest, 2017.
“Manchukuo and The Northeast Asian Modern: A performative museum enacted in/as Royce Ng’s Kishi the Vampire”, Yishu – Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 2017.
“Transcultural Glossary”, in Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals, Van Abbemusuem, Eindhoven, Holland, 2017.
“Around Ai Weiwei: Photograph 1983-2016,or the Politics of Image and Representation” (with Davide Quadrio), Corraini Press, Milan, 2016.
“Immanence, Media and History: On Ho Tzu Nyen’s Ten Thousand Tigers”, Asia Culture Center Theater Opening Festival Review, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016.
“Angels and Prophets on Trial: on Jelinek’s Das schweigende Mädchen”, in Olivier Arcioli, Konstantin Butz, Wiebke Elzel, Thomas Hawranke, Karin Lingnau (eds.) off topic #6 schweigen/schreien, Academy of Media Arts Cologne press, Cologne, 2016.
“Many Exertions: Eurasia, Deep Networks and Dynamism” in Tarek Abou El Fetouh and Ala Younis (eds.), Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah UAE, 2016.
“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, Davide Quadrio (ed.), Silvana Editoriale, Milan, Italy, 2015.
“Beauty in Motion: a Tangential Reading of Aurora Musuem’s North Qi Buddhist Statue Collection”, in Kaleidoscope Asia, Vol. 1 No. 2, Milan, Italy, 2015.
“A Thrust that Turned into Many”, Asian Culture Center Theater publication, Gwangju, South Korea, 2015.
“Is the artist necessary for making art today: a few demonstrations”, in Swantje Lichtenstein and Tom Lingnau (eds.), Convertext: Is the artist necessary for making art today?, Convertext, Cologne, 2015.
“Forensics out of Joint”, in Vermeir & Heiremans and Andrea Phillips (eds.) In Residenceartist publication, LTD.ED.vzw, Brussels, 2015.
Text and artistic contribution to You are here, this is wherever I lay my headartistic publication, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, 2014.
“Independent Art Spaces as Spaces of Commons in China.”, in Transnational Dialogues Journal, European Alternatives, Rome, 2013.
“Speculative Design: reflections on design in crisis”, in EXP No Borders, Experimenta Design e-publication, Lisbon, 2013.
“Shenzhen Architekturbiennale: Mehr Mensch bitte!” In Baumeister(website), 2012.
“I am Dafen Lisa: Architecture and Narratology” In Abitare China, Vol. 20, No. 6, 48-53, 2010.
“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.
Selected curatorial and projects
Curator "Sci-(no)-Fi", Academy of Arts of the World, Cologne
Co-initiator (with Binna Choi) “Unmapping Eurasia”
Co-curator (with Binna Choi) “One Northeast”, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia
Co-editor (with Judha Su) of anthology to Ghost:2561, Bangkok, Thailand
Transcultural mediation curator to “Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals”, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland
Adjunct curator “Around Ai Weiwei: Photograph 1983-2016”, CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turino, Itay
Curator “Silk Road: Transgression, Syncretism” (March 2016), a series of performance, performative lecture, art and screening program at Asian Cultural Center Theater as part of its inaugural season program, Gwangju, South Korea
Curator of the inaugural Ulaanbaatar Media Art Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Curator of Magic of Persia Contemporary Art PrizeOnline Archive
Co-Curator, “Herding Islands, Rats and the Anthropocene” research and screening program with Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) Synapse network curator Renan Laru-An, University of the Philippines – Los Banos
Researcher and co-creator, Nobert Wiener re-enactment, presented at the opening and as part of “Data in the 21st Century”, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, Holland
Researcher/artistic collaborator, China-German theater coproduction “Totally Happy”, with Paper Tiger Studio (Beijing) and Münchner Kammerspiel (Premier date 2.10.2014)
Local Curator, Audi Urban Future Initiative, with research exhibition at Istanbul Design Biennale, Turkey
Founding member and curator, Dashila(b), a think tank for creative urban regeneration in Beijing’s Dashilar neighborhood, China
Co-organizer and Curator, Transnational Dialogues, with European Alternatives, a cultural think tank supported by European Union “Youth in Action” Program (until end of 2012, and 2015-2016)