Renewal Residency: Yo-Yo Lin – Danspace Project
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Renewal Residency: Yo-Yo Lin

A selfie of Yo-Yo, a Taiwanese-American femme, sitting outside on her fire escape. It’s a sunny day, her hair is blonde and slightly wavy, she gazes serenely at the camera. Basil leaves frame the photo. Behind her is a window reflection of a tree and blue sky.
Photo courtesy the artist.

Danspace is pleased to continue Renewal Residencies in 2022-2023 with a new cohort of artists: mayfield brooks, Andros Zins-Browne, Yo-Yo Lin, and Ogemdi Ude.

Each artist will receive two weeks of residency time in the sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church, a generous artist fee, and stipends for research in racial equity and accessibility. The artists will have access to curatorial support and technical assistance throughout the year, as well as opportunities to connect with one another, contribute to Danspace’s online Journal, and participate in a DraftWork work-in-progress showing.

Renewal Residencies emphasize recuperation time to create work without the immediate pressure of production, encouraging connection to: creative process and artistic research; collaborators and fellow artists; and to the Danspace Project community.

Renewal Residencies are not open to the public.

Yo-Yo Lin 林友友 is a Taiwanese-American, interdisciplinary artist who explores the possibilities for self-knowledge in the context of emerging, embodied technologies. She often 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. Refusing the Western medicalization of the crip body, she works towards a ‘soft data’ ‘archive that holds space for illness in its wholeness. Her practice often facilitates sites for community-centered abundance, developing into physical and virtual installations, workshops, accessible nightlife parties, and artist collectives. 

She was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Eyebeam, a 2020 Open Call Recipient for The Shed, and teaches at NYU Tisch ITP/IMA as the 2021 Red Burns Fellow. Her work has been featured in NOWNESS, Art in America, and Surface Magazine. She is the co-founder of ROTATIONS, a collaborative movement practice working towards deepening our understanding of artistry, disability, and access. Currently, she is studying Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she lives with her partner and growing collection of houseplants in Brooklyn, NY. | @itsyosquared

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