Luminous Lining, 2015

Installation view: The Ecologies of Peace. Works from the TBA21 Collection, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía C3A, Córdoba, Spain, 2024. Photo: Imagen Subliminal (Rocio Romero y Miguel de Guzmán).

Glass, polyester, steel, found objects
100 x 275 x 90 cm (table)
Objects in various sizes
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

A sculptural ensemble made of various materials—including glass, stone, and discarded consumer electronics— Luminous Lining develops the visual language that Ursula Mayer has pursued in previous projects while meditating on the organic body and its alien mediations. With forms suggestive of metaphoric creatures, the work illuminates the threshold of new life forms, evoking the fluid passage and between animate and inanimate being, exposing us to what the artist defines as “the opportunities and risks we face in a posthuman and digital capitalist era.” 

Ursula Mayer, born in Austria, currently lives in London. Working predominantly with film, performance, and photography, Mayer creates cinematic pieces that are rich in historical resonance. She employs texts and images from film, philosophy, politics, and culture while creating complex and autonomous statements, or even speculations, on the contemporary human condition. From 1990 to 1996 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She received an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London, in 2005. 
Recent solo shows and screenings include Nought to Sixty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008); Ellipse in Time, Kunstverein Hamburg and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2009); But We Loved Her, 21er Haus, Vienna (2013); and To What I Might Become, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2014). She received the Derek Jarman Award in 2014.