Born 1958 in Stuttgart/Germany.
Ute Meta Bauer is Founding Director of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore. She is also Professor of Art at NTU’s School of Art, Media, and Design. From October 2009 to January 2012 she was an Associate Professor and served as the Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at the School of Architecture and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MS/USA. Previously she was Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005–2009. From 1996 until 2006, she held an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria as Professor of Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art. At the Academy she has also served as Head of the Institute of Contemporary Art (1996–2001) and as Head of the Institute for Art and Cultural Science (2003–2005). In 2002–2003 she held the position of Vice-Director and was in charge of International Affairs.
Ute Meta Bauer was educated as an artist at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany. She has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a co-curator of Documenta 11 (2001/2002) in the team of Okwui Enwezor, has been the artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004) and in 2005 curated the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana/Mexico and San Diego, CA/USA.