Stephanie Müller is based at the MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE in the midst of a buzzing collective of artists and activists. Together with performers, musicians, visual artists and researchers she develops performances, sound installations and film projects.
Stephanie Müller is a visual artist and sociological researcher with a fierce love for rough sounds and improvisation. She has a master’s degree in communication science, sociology and psychology (LMU Munich) and postgraduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Still studying she
launched her textile and media art project rag*treasure. She has been playing different kinds of amplified sewing machines since 2002. Together with Laura Melis Theis, an Oxford based songwriter with a background in theater and literature, she initiated beißpony.
Besides an orchestra of musical sewing machines, Stephanie plays the drums and modified typewriters, umbrellas or vacuum cleaners. In October 2013 beißpony's debut album was released on Chicks On Speed Records. Five years after their celebrated debut BRUSH YOUR TEETH on Chicks On Speed Records, beißpony released their follow-up album BEASTS AND LONERS in January 2018. Those intervening years have seen numerous new developments for the band – from their invitation to SXSW in Austin (TX, USA), to the INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILM FESTIVAL in Oberhausen, to exciting solo ventures such as Stephanie Müller’s visual art stipends in Antwerp (Belgium), in Birmingham (UK), Istanbul (Turkey), Lviv (Ukraine) and Sapporo (Japan), or Laura Theis’ solo release BADASS SNOW WHITE in the UK. Further highlights include music compositions for a collaboration with Wolfgang Müller (DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS) and a radio play (Licht im Kasten) written by nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. In the midst of all these exciting new adventures, beißpony started their own label RAGREC during a vibrant exchange with artists from all over the globe.
Besides beißpony, Stephanie Müller is involved in further sound art collaborations. In 2014 she started A DUET OF AMPLIFIED SEWING MACHINES together with Lisa Simpson (Berlin/ Curitiba, Brasil). In April 2017 they were invited by the Goethe Institute Indonesia to be part of theIKAT/eCUT art project and festival in Jakarta (Indonesia) followed by an invitation to exhibit and perform at the „Schneidertempel Art Galery“ in Istanbul (Turkey).
Together with Turkish artist and percussionist Gülcan Turna, queer activist Moni Kliche and her fellow artist Klaus Erich Dietl she initiated OK DECAY in 2017, a music project that digs into sonic frictions and language barriers.
Recently Stephanie Müller performed at the documenta Halle in Kassel within the conference “Archiving The Unarchivable”. Currently she is working on “Dance of Sulfur”, an art research project started in Zemo Nikozi and Tbilisi (Georgia) in September 2018.
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