Mi You

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Künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin für Kunst- und Medienwissenschaften
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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).


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).  Since 2017, she serves as director of Arthub and advisor to Institute for Provocation

Peer-reviewed articles

“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.

DOI: 10.1386/jcca.3.1-2.13_1

“Taqiyyah, Language and Game: On Lawerence Abu Hamdan’s Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself”, Performance Research, Vol. 21 No.4, 113-121, 2016.

DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2016.1192884  

“Digital Confucianism: a Confucian Take on Computation and Algorithms”, International Symposium on Electronic Art annual 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. 

DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2016.1138762

Non-refereed articles (selection)

“Chinese Globalization, Confucian Capitalism, and Transnationalism? Some conceptual parameters”, in Propositions for a Pan-Peripheral Network, Mezosfera online 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 Residence artist publication, LTD.ED.vzw, Brussels, 2015.

Text and artistic contribution to You are here, this is wherever I lay my head artistic 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


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 Prize Online 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)

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