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 Global 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 2018/19, 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.

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.

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.

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.