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Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Ursula Endlicher has lived in New York since 1993. She received her MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1995, after receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, in 1991.
A recurring theme in Endlicher’s work is the "nature" of the web and the behavior of its users, addressed through exploitation of the Internet’s inherent architecture, the web’s HTML language, and user behavior on social media sites. Twisting conventional understanding of these subjects, Endlicher creates works that take the form of Internet art, performances, or installations.
Endlicher’s earliest Internet artwork was presented at the Thing's Vienna bulletin board in 1994. Her internet art works have been since been commissioned for the Whitney Museum’s artport ("Light and Dark Networks", 2012) and for New Radio and Performing Arts’s Turbulence.org website ("html_butoh").
Endlicher has created technology-complex performances and installations that are driven by live Internet data. These performances have been hosted internationally in festivals such as transmediale and SIGGRAPH. Her best-known performance series is probably “Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited”, which uses HTML code as choreography; it has been hosted in venues such as the Center for Performance Research and Light Industry.
Endlicher’s multiple-media installation works have been included in exhibits at galleries and museums such as Postmasters Gallery, New York; Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey; Beral Madra Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdów Castle in Warsaw, Poland.
Endlicher has collaborated on several occasions with other artists: She co-developed a theatrical Internet piece together with Ela Kagel and Anke Zimmermann staged at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zürich, Switzerland. Endlicher participated in several productions (online and theatrical performances) by the Plaintext Players, an Internet performance group founded by Antoinette LaFarge in 1994; and has participated in online performance works by Annie Abrahams.
Endlicher’s work has been included in Rhizome’s Artbase since 1999, in the ursula blickle video archive at Kunstalle Wien in 2008, and in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University in 2011.
- Artist's website
- "html_butoh" on turbulence.org
- Artist's Commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art Sunrise/Sunset net art series
- "Multiple-media" is a term coined by Kurt Vega in 1999 for the works of Ursula Endlicher, describing the multitude of media that comprise her works, which include combinations of diverse media such as web code, performance, dance, mixed-media material (wigs, pins, rubber bands, etc.), print, video, and sound.
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