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Rudolfinum_Time-Based Ursula Mayer

Ursula Mayer: Gonda (2012)
Ursula Mayer: Atom Spirit (2016)


Special guest: Ursula Mayer


The screening in English language followed by discussion with the author Ursula Mayer and curator Jen Kratochvil takes place on Thursday, 27 September at 8pm.

Admission free. Reservation required HERE.


The film Gonda (2012) is informed by Ayn Rand’s 1934 play Ideal. In the play’s script, controversial Russian-American writer and philosopher Rand lays out her philosophical system of ‘Objectivism’ with its stubbornly anti-altruistic and individualistic position. As a critical counter to Rand’s position, Gonda creates kaleidoscopic printed spaces in which image and text shift roles to affect presupposed ideals of identity and existence. Noting how the cinematic image actually gazes back on us, Mayer utilises highly stylised and precisely composed imagery, featuring Dutch transgender model Valentijn de Hingh.


The film Atom Spirit (2016) is a speculative narrative set in a near future of increasing biomedical innovation. The film, partly set in Trinidad & Tobago, will follow the work of a group of evolutionary geneticists studying and collecting DNA from all forms of life in order to create a cryogenically frozen Ark. Atom Spirit presents a cyborgian future of techno-science in which the residual resonances of extinct civilisations is still felt. Through blending science and mythology, Atom Spirit ruminates upon the effects of computational and biological technologies on future iterations of humanity and the environment.


Ursula Mayer, an Austrian multimedia artist working in London and Vienna. Mayer studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, the Royal College of Art in London and, lastly, at Goldsmith College in London. Mayer had solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Salzburg Kunstverein, TBA21 in Vienna and others. Her work has been included in-group exhibitions in Kunsthalle Basel, Moderna Musset in Stockholm, Hayward Gallery in London, RCM Art Museum in Nanjing, the Venice and Berlin Biennale and the Vienna International Apartment. In 2007, she won the Otto Mauer Prize. In 2014, she became the laureate of the Darek Jarman Award.


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