Sebastian Mühl, Dr. phil. des., is an art theorist, researcher and artist based in Berlin and Klagenfurt. He is interested in the political dimensions of contemporary practices and the politico-aesthetic implications of artistic perceptions of modernity. In 2018, he completed a phd thesis on the revival of utopian thought in contemporary art. His monograph Utopien der Gegenwartskunst. Geschichte und Kritik des utopischen Denkens in der Kunst nach 1989 is forthcoming with Transcript in Fall/ Winter 2019. The book is an art theoretical critique of utopian thinking in modernological, participatory and art activist practices since the early 1990’s. Mühls films and film-based visual art projects focus on the effects of the politico-aesthetic utopias of modernity.

Mühls research interests include contemporary Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Political Theory and Aesthetics, but also Film Theory, Aesthetic Epistemologies, and the interplay of Art & Science and Art & Design.

From 2013 to 2017, Sebastian Mühl was Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Juliane Rebentisch at Offenbach University of Art and Design. He completed a Meisterschüler programme at Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. Mühl studied Fine Arts and Media Arts at HGB Leipzig and received a B.A. in Philosophy at HfPh München. His work was exhibited internationally and screened at International Film Festivals, e.g. Berlinale. Mühl gave lectures, papers and seminars at various academic and cultural institutions, e.g. HfG Offenbach, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Academy of Visual Arts Prague, University of Illinois at Chicago, Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, Yale University and Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

In 2018/19, Sebastian Mühl holds a position as Senior Scientist at the Institute for Cultural Analysis, Division of Visual Culture, at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. He is preparing a postdoc research project on post-cinema and the narration of crises in contemporary art.

Utopien der Gegenwartskunst. Geschichte und Kritik des utopischen Denkens in der Kunst nach 1989

The monograph Utopien der Gegenwartskunst. Geschichte und Kritik des utopischen Denkens in der Kunst nach 1989 is forthcoming in Fall/ Winter 2019. It is the revised version of my PhD thesis from 2018 and will be published with Transcript.

Reconciliation and its Discontents. The Reworking of Utopia in the Work of Isa Genzken

Paper on „Reconciliation and its Discontents. The Reworking of Utopia in the Work of Isa Genzken“ at the Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium in honor of 2019 Nasher Prize Laureate Isa Genzken. Moderated by Stephen Lapthisophon, keynote speaker Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, April 4, 2019.

Post Utopian Forms. Re-working Utopia in Aesthetics and Contemporary Critical Theory

Paper on „Post Utopian Forms. Re-working Utopia in Aesthetics and Contemporary Critical Theory“ at Yale German Department, Graduate Student Conference, Yale University, New Haven, February 15-16, 2019.

Screening: Satellites auf der 69. Berlinale, Berlin

Screening von Satellites auf der 69. Berlinale in Berlin. Der Film ist Teil des Programms der vier filmschaffenden Hochschulen des hFMA-Netzwerkes auf der Berlinale.

 

Am Mittwoch, 13. Februar von 11 – 13 Uhr wird Satellites im Rahmen der HESSEN TALENTS auf dem European Film Market im Cinemaxx 11 (Voxstraße am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin) vorgestellt.

Screening: Satellites beim 9. Hessischen Hochschulfilmtag

Screening von Satellites beim 9. Hessischen Hochschulfilmtag in Kassel, 15. November 2018.

 

Der HHFT findet im Rahmen des 35. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest (13.-18.11.2018) und in Kooperation mit der hessischen Film- und Medienakademie (hFMA) dem Kasseler Dokfest und der Kunsthochschule Kassel statt.

Lecture: Die Designrezeption in der Gegenwartskunst

Vortrag von Sebastian Mühl im Rahmen der „Dienstagsgespräche“ an der Fakultät Gestaltung Würzburg, FHWS Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt, 16. Oktober 2018.

Lecture: Wirklichkeitskonzeptionen und Historiografien der Avantgarde bei Chto Delat?

Vortrag von Sebastian Mühl auf der 6. Internationalen Konferenz des EAM | European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies: Realismen der Avantgarde / Realism(s) of the Avant-Garde, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 5.-7. September 2018.

Summer School: Constructing Utopia / Eastern European Avant-Gardes and Their Legacy, Ljubljana

The Summer School is organized by the Moderna galerija, Museum of Modern Art plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, MG+MSUM, 24—31 August 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Represented by Zdenka Badovinac.

Screening: Satellites an der HfG Offenbach

Der Film Satellites feiert seine Vorpremiere bei der Filmnacht an der Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. 7. Juli 2018, 22:00 Uhr

Wrap-Up: Situated Cinema. Films and their Screening as Agents of Contemporary Participatory Democracy

Wrap-Up and Discussion at the Workshop Situated Cinema. Films and their Screening as Agents of Contemporary Participatory Democracy, organized by Prof. Dr. Anna Schober-de Graaf, Institute for Media and Communication Sciences, Visual Culture at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Participating speakers: Allister Gall (UK), Massimiliano De Serio (I), Fritz Hock (A), Andrej Sprah (SI), Nika Autor (SI), Christian Karavagna (A), Sebastian Mühl (D).

Lecture: Utopia, History, and Art. Three brief examples on the revival of utopian thought in contemporary art

Lecture on „Utopia, History, and Art. Three brief examples on the revival of utopian thought in contemporary art“ at the Graduate Student Art History Symposium at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Friday April 6, 2018. Keynote Address: Kristin Romberg, Assistant Professor of Art History, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois.

Lecture: Umstrittene Utopien. Ökonomie und Ästhetik einer problematischen Grenze

Vortrag über Umstrittene Utopien. Ökonomie und Ästhetik einer problematischen Grenze im Panel Kunst und Design des X. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Ästhetik, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach.