Nicole Urban (*Naarm/Melbourne) is an interdisciplinary artist and musician based in the Netherlands. She studied Fine Art with a focus on sculpture, sound and performance, and holds a Masters degree in Art Science from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague where she was a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Rec/Play.
Human and more-than-human entanglement, and the perceived borders between what has agency and what does not, play the leading role in her work. Her motivation lies in attempting to understand both the limitations and potential of the human senses, and in exploring methods for tweaking our sensitivities toward the more-than-human. All things speak.
Her research draws from ecofeminist and queer philosophy, storytelling, and practices of field biology, de-growth and rewilding. Among others, her work has taken the form of performances, interactive scores and kinetic sculptures, video installation, ceramic objects and speculative mushroom gardens. She performs under the name mudwoman, and occasionally plays DJ sets and VJ’s under various stage names.
Moving at the intersections of art, experimental music and humanities, she has presented her work throughout Europe, Indonesia and in the United States. She is a member of the artist platform Haagse Kunstenaars, Stroom Den Haag.