Ursula Mayer

Ursula Mayer, Gonda, 2011, production still, photo by Cat Stevens

Ursula Mayer Gonda

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Ursula Mayer’s 60-minute live performance of her film "Gonda" stars transgender model Valentijn de Hingh with a new score by Charlie Looker and Caley Monahon-Ward, both members of the band Extra Life. Mayer’s film Gonda is currently in production and responds to the play "Ideal" by controversial Russian American writer Ayn Rand through a critical reading of aspects of revolutionary modernism and how this continues to impact our society today. Gonda is concerned with how the use of metaphysical and lyrical imagery constructs identity and how text becomes a substrate of our imagination. The performance features the script conceived by Maria Fusco situated within a 'kaleidoscopic space' where images, texts and sounds are interwoven.

Ursula Mayer is currently an artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and is usually based in London. Ursula Mayer works predominantly in film but her practice also encompasses sculpture and photography. In her most recent body of work, she dismantles the elements of cinematic narrative; numerous flashbacks and other challenges to the cinematic norm of temporal linearity punctuate her films, calling into question how conventional imagery is constructed. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunstverein, Hamburg; ICA, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London; Lentos Art Museum, Linz. Her works were recently screened at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal; Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm; PS1, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; 2nd Athens Biennial; 4thTirana International Art Biennial. Her contribution to Performa11 coincides with an exhibition of her work at Sculpture Center, New York.

Curated by Kari Conte.

Presented by ISCP.


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Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive:
Curating Performance at ICI
  • Sun. Nov 13, 12:00 pm
The fall Curatorial Intensive training program will employ Performa 11 as a platform to explore how curating performance art is being theorized and implemented, including the commissioning, production, interpretation and documentation of performance. Participants will engage in a rigorous schedule of workshops, discussions, and advisement sessions to develop individual exhibition proposals.


Supported by Brooklyn Arts Council, Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur (bm:ukk), Center548, The Greenwich Collection, National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The film Gonda was commissioned by FLAMIN Film London Artists' Moving Image Network.