Uli Aigner was born in 1965 in Austria. After her pottery apprenticeship diploma she studied product design under Matteo Thun at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Graduation with Distinction, 1990) and postgraduate Digital Image Design at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. After producing numerous video, performance and installation artworks, she started drawing large-scale colour pencil drawings in the mid-90s. Since 2014, she also potters porcelain objects from the series “One Million”. Her work has been shown at renowned international museums, institutions and galleries. Her visiting professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (2001-2003), set yet another focus in her work, resulting in a 5-year curatorship at Lothringer 13 – Gallery of Contemporary Art of the City of Munich. In 2011, Uli Aigner moved with her family to Berlin and since has been focused on her artistic work.
One Million is my way of dealing with and confronting globalisation.
The venture – to produce 1,000,000 pieces of porcelain dishes before my natural death with my own hands – begun in 2014. Every item is engraved with a chronological number, based on the order of its creation, turning each porcelain item into a unique, individual object.
On the website www.eine-million.com every item is digitally represented by a photograph and its locations. Each item can be located via Google Maps.
A global trans-national and trans-cultural art project: The aim is to create a global network that will encompass all continents and virtually unite all owners of these porcelain items. The certainty of being able to make a commodity out of a piece of damp earth connects us with the entire history of human development.