Ursula Mayer's single and multi-channel film installations are crystalline circuits of images, composed of signs borrowed from architecture, literature, politics, mythology 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 upon future posthuman ontology.
She is the 2014 recipient of the Film London Jarman Award for experimental film and the Otto Mauer Prize in 2007. She currently lives and works in London and Vienna. She graduated in 1996 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and completed her MFA at Goldsmiths University London in 2005.
Her work has travelled extensively including 19 Istanbul Biennale; Hayward Gallery, Southbank, London; SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul; Moderna Museet, Stockholm & Moderna Museet Malmoe; Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle; Audain Gallery, Vancouver; Tramway, Glasgow; CCA Glasgow; Ursula-Blickle Stiftung Kraichtal, Germany; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; 11 Performa, New York; 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 Kunsthalle Basel.