Marlie Mul

b. 1980, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Marlie Mul’s sculptures often simulate everyday outdoor objects that refer to human interaction, such as air vents used as ashtrays, heaps of snow arranged with stubbed out cigarette butts, or gritty rain puddles littered with generic bits of trash. With cigarette butts and litter depicting traces of human behaviours, the situations presented in these works suggest to the viewer an invisible presence of a virtual population or crowd. They serve as tools to examine the seemingly obvious and ask exactly how such situations are (and have become) familiar, which societal decisions preceded this and how human behaviour is shaped by such decisions.

Marlie Mul will be giving a talk as part of Journal, as well as an online interview with Alexander Scrimgeour which will provide an overview of her practice to date. This will be accompanied by the text Project X Haren which reflects on an event that took place in 2012 in which an open Facebook event organised by a Dutch teenager for her sixteenth birthday party unintentionally went viral, resulting in devastating repercussions.

Solo exhibitions include Boneless Banquet For One (2013), Croy Nielsen, Berlin; So We Came Anyway, In Barrels (2013), Fluxia, Milan; Stop Being So Attractive I Can’t Get Anything Done (2012), Autocenter, Berlin; No Oduur (2012), Space, London; No Oduur (Your Smoke Draws Me In) (2012), Oslo10, Basel; Great Offers (2013), a 2-person show with Morag Keil. Recent group exhibitions include Nature After Nature (2014), Fridericianium, Kassel; The Promise of Melancholy and Ecology (2014), Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Bloomington (2014), Bortolami, NYC; Geographies of Contamination (2014), DRAF, London, Under the BQE (2013); M/L Artspace, NYC; One After One (2013), Vilma Gold, London.