yoyi 有意 is a collaborative practice by Yo-Yo Lin and Yidan Zeng dedicated to gentle meandering conversations, listening with the body, and savoring the delightful present of presence.

Yo-Yo Lin 林友友 is a Taiwanese-American, interdisciplinary artist who uses animation, performance, and sound to create meditative ‘memoryscapes.’ Her recent body of work reveals and re-values the complex realities of living with invisibilized chronic illness, investigating ideologies of healing, resilience, and care. Her practice often facilitates sites for community-centered abundance, developing into physical and virtual installations, workshops, accessible nightlife parties, and artist collectives. In 2022 she debuted her multimedia performance “channels” at The Shed to a sold-out house. She taught her self-developed course “Media-making as a Healing Practice” at NYU ITP and was recently selected for the 2022 Disability Futures Fellowship and 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship for technology-centered arts. After living in Brooklyn, NY for 7 years, Yo-Yo is currently residing in Taipei, Taiwan.

IG: @itsyosquared

Yidan Zeng 曽一丹 (they/she) is a queer, Chinese American artist stitching together text, textiles, performance, and food towards an embodied practice of attention and care. Their works are continually woven webs with no center, seeking only to make tangible the invisible threads in our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. Raised by Memphis, TN and Guangzhou, China, they can currently be found wandering/wondering through the streets of Philadelphia.

Yidan has been a Crosstown Artist-in-Residence as part of the MengCheng 梦城团 Collective, where they used potlucks as sites of collaborative research and intergenerational healing. They’ve been a Barnes West Everyday Places Artist, Textile Arts Center Artist-in-Residence, Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project, and Visiting Glass Artist at The University of Hawai’i in Mānoa. They’ve performed in Sibiu, Romania, Providence, RI, Miami, FL, and on and off the streets of NYC. Yidan received her BA and BFA from the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program in Computer Science and Glass. 

IG: @yidan_zeng

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