Sebastian Mühl, Dr. phil. des., is an art theorist, researcher and artist based in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main. He is interested in the political dimensions of contemporary practices and the politico-aesthetic implications of artistic perceptions of modernity. In 2017, he completed a phd thesis on the revival of utopian thought in contemporary art. The project was an art theoretical critique of utopian thinking in modernological, participatory and art activist practices since the early 1990’s. His films and film-based visual art projects focus on the effects of the politico-aesthetic utopias of modernity.
Mühl’s 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 a Research Assistant at Offenbach University of Art and Design, where he worked together with philosopher Prof. Dr. Juliane Rebentisch. 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. He exhibited internationally and gave lectures, seminars and workshops at various academic institutions, e.g. HfG Offenbach, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Academy of Visual Arts Prague, University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 2018/19, Sebastian Mühl holds a postdoc position at the Department of Media and Communications Science, Visual Culture, at Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt. He is preparing a postdoc research project on post-cinema and critical narration in contemporary art.