Vanessa Joan Müller
Vanessa Joan Müller is an art historian, writer and curator based in Vienna. She was curator at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt (2000-2006), Head of Research of the European Kunsthalle in Cologne (2005/2006), director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Dusseldorf (2006-2011) and Head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna (2011-2020). Recent and ongoing research have focused on exhibition histories, questions on display and typologies of institutions. The Frankfurt School has been a source of inspiration for a long time, and also shapes her current research project on alienation.
Unrelated is a long-term project that will look at alienation as a contemporary condition and condition of the contemporary. It will work as a kind of background sound; a voice somewhere in the room accompanying the other projects that will happen at Netwerk Aalst as part of The Astronaut Metaphor. It will materialise itself in a series of texts, interviews and conversation. It might include a film program; an exhibition on the fringes of the institution; a podcast; a list of recommended readings — all together forming a supplement to the issues thematised by The Astronaut Metaphor at large.