The princess of flickering synergies delights with a distinctive high-end video aesthetic that is both sexy and rough, stimulating viewers' retinas to climax.
Bettina Müller aka BettyMü
Visual artist (BBK Munich and Upper Bavaria E.V.)
Betty Mü was born and raised in Munich-Schwabing. In 1995 she moved to New York, where she worked as an art director and attended New York University and the School of Visual Arts. At the same time she experimented with Super-8 cameras and projectors and gained her first experiences with video art and live visuals.
After 6 years Betty Mü returned to Munich to expand her skills as a live visualist and designer. She advanced to one of the most famous VJs and worked in the hottest clubs, where she heated up the scene with her live videos. She went on tour with artists like Richard Bartz and was soon ennobled as the “princess of flickering synergies”, as in the announcements of the Munich Kammerspiele.
In 2011, Betty Mü exhibited her “Salon of Diversity” at the Munich City Museum (Nachtmuseum) as well as at the Kunstverein (Kunstarkaden), a work inspired by 19th century salon painting. As if in an opulent St. Petersburg hanging, the artist strung together picture frames, which were played with a wide variety of videos across genres: Quotations, classics, and self-produced pieces, finely coordinated, captivated the viewer.
In 2013, the artist presented her first interactive room installation under the title “Wings“: the viewer stood opposite his projected mirror image, in which wings unfolded in neon colors. Spreading out and taking off or sinking – the visitors’ dares in fulfillment of this ancient dream of mankind, their so different sensations and feelings, were captured in the image by the artist.
Thousands of enthusiastic guests celebrated the 150th birthday of the Gärtnerplatz Theater in the fall of 2015. Since the theater building was still being renovated, the party took place at the square. Via video mapping, the history of the building was told on the façade, with real façade climbers integrated as the highlight, merging with the video animations and forming the number 150 in the grand finale. Three years earlier, Betty Mü had already performed on the facade of the theater as part of the Klassik OpenAir Festival.
For several years, Betty Mü was a regular at ArtMuc, a contemporary art fair on Munich’s Praterinsel. In 2014, she made a splash there with the umbrella collage Parapluie, followed by Replex horizontal (2015), Vortex, Dots and Moving Stairs (2016), Infinity Cube and Flowing #8 (2017), and Bliss (2018). In fall 2019, Betty Mü curated her own digital exhibition in an off-location with ARTMUC DIGITAL.LAB. Supported by artist Yul Zeser, over 15 artists occupied a total area of 1,000 square meters in “The Hub” with interactive art, mapping and light installations – the largest and most comprehensive digital art exhibition in Munich to date.
The LED installation Aesthetic Beast #2, conceived in 2017, was first exhibited at the Harry Klein Club and later at art25 at the Botanikum Munich. With the abstract 3D sculpture made of wood and Plexiglas, which spread into space like a titanic Archaeopteryx, the artist combined the latest video and LED technology, video mapping and rhythmic choreography. Sound and vision merged to create an immersive overall experience.
In spring 2019, Betty Mü delivered a spectacular live performance with her urban skyscraper mapping at Schwabinger Tor (Munich). Accompanied by live DJ sounds, the building was three-dimensionally covered with the video mapping WORLD 1. What is it like to live in an endangered world, the first and the last at the same time? Nightmarish as in a dystopia, the installation reminded us of what has gone down, depicted the present destruction and finally gave hope for a better future. A future, however, that can only be fulfilled through unity.
Photo: Florian Holzherr
In her largest project to date, the task was to stage the Munich Kunstareal between Königsplatz and Pinakotheken in the winter of 2020/21. At the center of her concept “The Kunstareal Connects“, selected by a jury of experts, was the work “Inside | Out,” in which Betty Mü abstracted exhibits from the museums and rearranged them with great feeling. In addition, light and video installations invited visitors to take a stroll and illuminated the Kunstareal with its eighteen museums and exhibition spaces, universities and a multitude of cultural institutions. The artist was supported in the conception and realization by WE ARE VIDEO, the Cultural Department, and guest artists Yul Zeser and Helmut Eding. The art action, which lasted almost three months, met with a broad press response, including reports in the Tagesthemen, on 3sat, in art magazines, national newspapers and on the radio. Thousands of fans followed her on social media channels and uploaded countless photos of their own.
Betty Mü has long been considered one of the most outstanding artists in the field of video art and live visualization and, despite her Munich background, is now known far beyond the borders of Germany. As a former New York art director and sought-after club visualist, the label of female avant-garde and “ladypunk” was attached to her early on, which originally characterized her well, but today falls short. Works such as Vortex exude a meditative calm, immersive exhibitions such as “Comic Hive” focus on new ways of conveying scientific knowledge, and with her initiative “VideoArt4Future” she reflects on the difficult relationship between man and nature. Like hardly anyone else in digital art, Betty Mü is a border crosser. Sometimes she enchants, sometimes she challenges, always she surprises.
What her works have in common is the eye-catching aesthetics and the light-handed handling of the three-dimensionality of the objects she plays with. Front projection, rear projection, everything is used, often even simultaneously. Her installations like to question the point of view, in terms of content as well as visual, and draw the viewer into a maelstrom of impressions and emotions. There is no way to escape the hypnotic effect of her installations.
Betty Mü lives in Munich and Anzing and has two children.