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 Spring 2020. 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 Art History, Critical Theory, Political Theory and Aesthetics, but also Artistic Research, 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 2019, Sebastian Mühl hold a position as Senior Scientist at the Institute for Cultural Analysis, Division of Visual Culture, at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. He is Lecturer at the Department of Art and Design at Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Sebastian is preparing a postdoc research project on post-cinema and the narration of crises in contemporary art.

Monograph: 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 June 2020. It is the revised version of my PhD thesis from 2018 and will be published with Transcript.

Moderna galerija: The national museum as a site of self-historicization

Paper on „Moderna galerija: The national museum as a site of self-historicization“ at the 2020 International Conference „Curating the Contemporary in the Art Museum“, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, and University of Copenhagen, 12-13 March 2020.

Screening: Satellites in der Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

Screening von Satellites in der Ausstellung Fragments from now. For an unfinished future, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Bonn, 20.03-03.05.2020, Eröffnung: 19.03.2020, 19 Uhr.

 

Eine Ausstellung der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, kuratiert von Beate Eckstein und Annelie Pohlen.

Screening: Satellites im Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Screening von Satellites in der Ausstellung Fragments from now. For an unfinished future, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 15.11-15.12.2019, Eröffnung: 14.11.2019, 19 Uhr.

 

Eine Ausstellung der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, kuratiert von Beate Eckstein und Annelie Pohlen.

Katalog: Fragments From Now

Katalog zur Ausstellung Fragments from now. For an unfinished future, im Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 15.11.-15.12.2019, und in der Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, 20.03.-03.05.2020. Kataloggestaltung: *minus Berlin.

Picturing Negativity

Paper on „Picturing Negativity. Contemporary Art after Revolution and Critique“ at the 5th International Conference for PhD Students and Recent PhD Graduates, University of Ljubljana, 12-13 September 2019.

Equality in Colors

Paper on „Equality in Colors. Dammi i Colori and the Postmonumental Painting of the Community“ at the Painting Politics Symposium 2019, Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, Auckland, New Zealand, 26-27 July 2019.

Images as Agents in Digital Public Spheres

Third International Workshop on Visual Research for Doctoral Students: Images as Agents in Digital Public Spheres, organised by Prof. Anna Schober-de Graaf, Dr. des. Sebastian Mühl and Mag. Erec Gellautz at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, 27-28 June 2019.

On aesthetic indeterminacy

Paper „On aesthetic indeterminacy“ at the TVAD Symposium 2019: Artists and the Philosophers We Love, Research group Theorising Visual Art and Design, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, UK, 20-21 June 2019.

 

Practices of Truth and Representations of the Popular in the work of Chto Delat?

Panel on Reconstructing Truth and Falsety in Contemporary Art, at the ALP 2019 conference Truth, fiction, illusion – worlds & experience, Department of Media and Communications, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and the APL | The Association for Philosophy and Literature, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, 1 June 2019.

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.