Matt Mullican (b. 1953 / Santa Monica, CA, lives in New York), artist. He bases his work mainly on the meaning of symbols, pictograms and language, which he uses in his own cosmological system arranged in five levels: 'physical elements' (pure matter), 'world unframed' (the world created by man, the world of things), 'world framed' (the sciences, the arts), 'language' (symbols and language) and 'subjective meaning' (mental activity). Under the title 'The highway is the audience', Mullican has made a monumental flag with two pictograms, 'World Unframed' and 'Audience Sign', on the facade of deSingel facing the motorway. This banner is a cultural sign that represents the international aspect of the multidisciplinary arts deSingel presents. Mullican's work is exhibited all over the world. Venues of his major one-man shows include the Rijksmuseum Kröller Müller (1991), the Wiener Secession (1994), the National Galerie in Berlin (1995), the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1997), the Museu de Arte Contemporãnea de Serralves in Porto (2000) and the Kunstmuseum in St. Gallen (2001). He has also taken part in 'Skulptur Projekte' in Münster (1987), 'Documenta IX' (1993) and 'Documenta X' in Kassel (1997). In Belgium his work has been shown at the PSK (Brussels, 1987), the Fondation pour l'Architecture (Brussels, 1992) and Roomade (Brussels, 1996). In Antwerp his work appeared in the exhibition at the Middelheim Museum as part of Antwerpen 93, Cultural Capital of Europe and 'Orbis Terrarum - ways of worldmaking' in the Museum Plantin-Moretus (2000).