Ulrike Müller with Roger Conover
Vienna-born, New York-based artist Ulrike Müller takes shared emotions as a point of departure for making and reflecting on art and its critical position. Everything she makes takes full advantage of its medium. Different forms of performance—live, on video, captured on or exclusively for an audio track—are built out of spoken language and the language of the body. Her 2003 Vienna conference (“Public Affairs”) which she developed into a book (“Work the Room”) was conceived around the question “What does it mean to act critically?” with equal attention to the word “act” and the word “critical.” After Müller moved to New York in 2002 she joined the team that co-edits the magazine LTTR (initials which throughout its five issues have stood for phrases from “Lesbians to the Rescue” to “Lacan Teaches to Repeat.”) Instead of protesting what they don’t want, Müller and cohort act out what they do want: a feminist ethics for the present.
Ulrike Müller is an artist currently living and working in New York. Since 2005 she has been an editor for the queer feminist art journal LTTR. Exhibitions, performances, and video screenings include Ridykeulous (New York, 2006), Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film (Graz, 2005), and Mothers of Invention—Where Is Performance Coming From (Mumok, Vienna, 2003). The artist’s book Every little bit helps—Ulrike Müller: Two Audio Works (2005, with essays by Gregg Bordowitz, Barbara Schröder, Lanka Tattersall, and Walter Johnston) is distributed by Revolver Printed Matter. Müller graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and has participated in both, the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, and the PS 1 International Studio Program, New York.
Roger Conover is Executive Editor at MIT Press, where he is responsible for the publication of nearly 1000 titles in art, architecture, and related fields. The publishing program he began at MIT Press in the 1970s has attained legendary status, not only within the context of academic publishing, but contemporary art and architecture at large. Among the series of books he has launched at MIT Press are several he edits himself, including one on writings by contemporary artists and another on East European avant-gardes. Educated as a poet, Conover's own writing has been supported by grants from the Watson Foundation, the Loeb Fellowship, and the Academy of American Poets. A strong advocate for the role of editors and curators as cultural producers, Conover has served on the editorial boards of Harvard Design Magazine, Whitechapel Gallery, and Tate Magazine, and has guest curated exhibitions for several museums in Europe, most recently ZKM.