Interview with Nat Muller, by Marisa S. Olson
Nat Muller is a Venezuela-born Dutch curator and writer living inRotterdam and working internationally. She went to High School inBelgium before earning a BA in English Lit from Tel-Aviv Universityand an MA in Lit at Sussex, in the Sexual Dissidence and CulturalChange program. She continues to work on a global scale, organizingexhibitions, performances, talks, and publications on a range ofthemes related to media activism and electronic art. She's workedquite a bit with V2, where she was formerly project manager andcurator. Amongst others she co-curated the Dutch Electronic ArtFestival (DEAF) in 2004, and has participated and organized programsfor Transmediale 2005, ISEA 2002, and many other major festivals. Nathas also collaborated on projects in Eastern Europe, such as "TheTrans_European Picnic: The Art and Media of Accession", and otherfestivals across Europe. All of this made for a very interestingconversation.
I flew from New York to Amsterdam and took a train straight toRotterdam, where I was to spend the evening at Nat's in a sort ofblind date interview scenario. I woke up from a jetlagger's nap tofind that she'd cooked me an amazing meal and after several glasses ofwine we started recording our conversation about her work and aboutnew media, in general. We discussed the relationship of food tocurating, the status of cyberfeminism, the status of Holland and ofindependent curators in Europe, the hidden dangers of databaseaesthetics, the unusually vibrant sound art scene in Jerusalem, andthe challenges of curating and collaborating in the Middle East