Sebastian Mühl, Dr. phil., is an art theorist and researcher based in Berlin. He is interested in the political dimensions of contemporary art and the politico-aesthetic heritage 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 was published with Transcript in 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.

From 2018 to 2019, Sebastian Mühl had a position as Senior Scientist at the Institute for Cultural Analysis, Division of Visual Culture, at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. He was Lecturer at the Department of Art and Design at Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

Sebastian currently works as a Digital Curator at the Dresden State Art Collections.

Book Review: Utopien der Gegenwartskunst

Rezension über Utopien der Gegenwartskunst, von Christoph Chwatal, erschienen in der Springerin, Heft 4/2020 Magazin zur Kritik und Theorie der Kultur der Gegenwart.

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Podcast: Welche Utopien hält die Kunst bereit?

„What does Utopia, this non-place that we still haven’t found yet, promise us?“ Sebastian Mühl and Ellen Wagner are guests in the Podcast Off_Line, the podcast of the Offenbach Academy of Art and Design. Moderation: Felix Kosok

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, 30.06-06.09.2020, Pressekonferenz: 30.06.2020, 11 Uhr.

 

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

Probe, Übung, Test: Die Vorwegnahme von Zukunft in der Gegenwartskunst

Lecture „Probe, Übung, Test: Die Vorwegnahme von Zukunft in der Gegenwartskunst“ in the ring lecture „Digital and visual Utopias“, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, 16. June 2020.

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 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.