What are the topics and objects that catch your interest in the PLACE? Why? How are you interacting with the place? How are people using the place? CITYMAKERS China – Germany´s WU Yimeng and Katja Hellkötter co-created a booklet – Reading the Traces of a Place 读书地方的痕迹 – as a tool for an alternative spatial cognition.
Communication designer / illustrator / book artist
Having grown up in Shanghai and the Rhine-Ruhr Area in Germany, she feels comfortable living between both cultures. She studied visual communication in Essen (University of Duisburg-Essen) Berlin (University of the Arts) and Paris (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs).
Her Berlin-based awards-winning Studio Wu 無 is specialized in intercultural design projects and works with traditional and digital media. In her artistic book projects like „Yaotaos Zeichen“, Yi Meng Wu explores themes of cultural identity in an urban and historical context. Inspiration often come from travels where she captures city- and landscapes by urban sketching.
She regularly holds workshops at universities (e.g: Nanjing Fine Arts Institute, Tsinghua University Beijing, UdK Berlin) on the topics of intercultural design and typography as well as urban artistic explorations.
Since 2016 Studio Wu 無 is responsible of the visual identity and artistic interventions of the Citymakers China-Germany program. As a passionate urban gardener, Yi Meng Wu was co-leading the Urban Farming Incubator together with Dr. Pan Tao.