Ulrike Mueller talks with Roger Conover, March 19, 2007
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.