May 11th 2011

Ute Meta Bauer is an associate professor and the director of the recently established Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she served as director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005—09. From 1996—2006, she held an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as a professor of theory and practice of contemporary art. Educated as an artist for more than two decades Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a co-curator of Documenta11 (2001/2002) in the team of Okwui Enwezor, has been the artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004) and in 2005 curated the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana/San Diego. Bauer has been the founding director of the Office For Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and was the editor of numerous publications in the field of contemporary art, including: What’s left…What remains? SITAC VI (Mexico City 2009), Education, Information, Entertainment. New Approaches in Higher Artistic Education (Vienna, 2001) and the art periodicals META 1-4 (Stuttgart, 1992—94), case (Barcelona, 2001; Porto, 2002), and Verksted # 1-6 (Oslo, 2003—06). Bauer is an advisor for a number of cultural institutions such as the MIT List Visual Arts Center, is a member of the administrative board of nbk – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany and serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany and the ZERO Foundation Duesseldorf. Her guilty pleasure is the collaboration with the apparatjik, a creative multigenre platform founded by four musicians that she joins as artistic director on special occasions.

Sponsored by The Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts and the Art|Science Initiative at University of Chicago.

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