Programme ➔ Artist Residencies ➔ Breathe Residency, (2003-2013)
2009 Aug 25 (is beginning date)
2009 Nov 25 (has end date)
Yingmei Duan is a German based performance artist whose work explores human instincts, longings, and dark desires. She examines the processes of society and questions its conventions and behaviours. The artist performances are often developed spontaneously as situational experiments, but also plans her performances with an intense attention to detail. Their performances also feature interactions from the public, artists and people from all areas of life. The residency was supported by Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.
During her residency she investigated how art is taught in the UK by observing school children and while addressing her family’s negative attitude towards her career as an artist. Duan discussed her observations of art education with her family in back in China throughout the residency via the internet. These communications exploring the convergence between art and life form part of a work Duan commenced in 2008, ‘The Circle Dream’.
The artist’s open studio comprised series of collaborative live performances held between 19th-24th November 2009. The artist collaborated with a number of local artists and students to create a unique performance installations. The performances were an opportunity for visitors to gain an insight into Yingmei’s practice and view the outcome of her 3 month residency.