Ursula Mayer’s internationally exhibited practice spans a range of media, including film, video and sculpture. Her single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images, composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and science. These references cross multiple temporalities, locations and personae. Using the grammar of cinematography and montage, Mayer’s practice strives to indicate how spatial composition, human choreography and narrative construction inform and contribute to one another. Through her poetic treatment of film Mayer interweaves myth, biopolitics and the semiotics of cinema to visualize and ruminate upon future post human ontology.
Mayer graduated in 1996 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MFA at Goldsmiths University London in 2004. Mayer’s work has received critical accolades, including the prestigious Derek Jarman Award 2014 for experimental film and the Otto Mauer Prize in 2007. She has been awarded numerous grants such as the FLAMIN Productions Award, Film London and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York.
Recently her multimedia installations have been on display at the Hayward Gallery, London exhibition “Mirror City”. Her work has traveled extensively to venues including SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul (2016); THE NEW HUMAN in Moderna Museet, Stockholm & Moderna Museet Malmoe (2016-2017); Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle; Audain Gallery, Vancouver; Tramway, Glasgow; Turner Contemporary, Margate; CCA Glasgow; FACT, Liverpool; Ursula-Blickle Stiftung Kraichtal, Germany; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; SculptureCentre, New York; 21er Haus, Museum Belvedere, Vienna; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 11th Baltic Triennial, CAC, Vilnius; Tanya Bonakdar gallery, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Lentos, Museum of Modern Art, Linz; TBA21, Vienna and the Kunsthalle in Basel.