John Miller (US)
Why Words Now (Speaker)
John Miller was born 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice deploys painting, sculpture, photography, video, music, critical writing and other forms to address how ideology is performed and maintained in the cultural sphere.
Key to his investigation is the critical analysis of the psycho- logical, economic, and political dimensions of commodity fetishism, connecting latent urges, standardised desires, and mass-produced fantasies to objects, images, and social dynamics. In doing so, he humorously confronts systems of labour, value, and artificiality, and exposes capitalism’s profound influence on our private and public behavioural patterns.
He has been the subject of major solo retrospective exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthalle Zürich; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Magasin Centre National d’art contemporain, Grenoble, France; and Kunstverein Hamburg. His work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 Gwangju Biennale and he has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York, among others. His writing and criticism have appeared in Artforum, e-flux, and Texte Zur. He lives and works in New York.