Throughout all of Ursula Mayer's film and video works there is a thematic conjunction, as part of her continued interest in the historical avant-garde she explores modernist choreographic composition presenting a series of re-worked photographs by Dora Kallmus (Madame) d'Ora of the 'Mary Wigman Dance Company'. These studies visually describe Wigman's particular philosophy. In her own words she often refers to 'air pressing down on the limbs to create gesture, and space pushing the body into directional changes'. These photographs emphasise the somber and weighted performances which were often undertaken in silence or to minimal percussion scores.
Ursula Mayer, born in Austria studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, at the Royal College of Art and at Goldsmith College in London. She was awarded the 'Otto Mauer award for Fine Arts' earlier this year. Since her graduation she has had solo shows in Kunstmuseum Linz Museum of Modern Art Linz, Austria, Centraal Museum,Utrecht and Monitor Gallery, Rome. In 2007 she was selected for a group exhibition in the Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She participated in 'Double A Side', Stedelijk Museum, Hertognebosch and Artis den Bosch and 'Depiction, perversion, repulsion, obsession, subversion' at Witte de With, Rotterdam.