Skip to content

Boiler Room Lecture: Matt Mullican


MUMA, in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by renowned artist Matt Mullican. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Lars Bang Larsen, an independent curator, art historian and writer based in Barcelona and Copenhagen.

Date: Monday 20 April 2015
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm
Venue: The Wheeler Centre
Free event. Bookings essential: or ph. 03 9905 4217

For the last 30 years Matt Mullican has experimented with hypnosis to create work that both examines his subconscious, and functions as a strategy to break from the patterns of everyday life. Mullican's practice interrogates systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. His interest in modified states of awareness led him to work under hypnotically induced psychoses, and it was during his first performance in 1978 at The Kitchen, New York, where the recurring character and alter ego "That Person" emerged-an ageless, genderless being that inhabits Mullican's physical body.

From the early '80s Mullican's preoccupation with cataloguing That Person's reality and compulsion to order his own world has culminated in a comprehensive and private cosmology of hand-painted banners and signs, computer-generated virtual renderings and enormous outdoor sculptures in marble and stone. For this keynote lecture Mullican will introduce his multidisciplinary practice and discuss recurrent themes in his work including repetition, renewal, and the unconscious as a tool to interrogate reality.

Matt Mullican was born in Santa Monica, US in 1951 and currently lives and works in Berlin and New York. He received his BFA from CalArts in 1974 where he was taught by John Baldessari. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe in group and solo exhibitions at galleries including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, the National Galerie, Berlin, the Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mullican has taught and lectured at Columbia University, The Rijksakademie, The London Institute, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and amongst others, The School of Visual Arts, New York. Mullican is represented by Brooke Alexander Gallery and Tracy Williams, New York, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Peter Freeman Inc, Paris and New York, and PROJECTESD, Barcelona.

Event flyer (pdf)

in Public programs