Ellen Mueller

Social Practice Zines

The printed versions of several of these zines are available at MN Center for Book Arts

This is an ongoing project examining social practice and education. Each zine breaks down a commonly asked question or idea related to social practice to make the field more easily understood to those who might not be familiar with its long history and wide-ranging practices.

Sets of zines are available for purchase via PDF download. They are meant to be printed double-sided on 8.5″x11″ paper and folded into quarters.

Definitions, Spectrums, Skills and Books (set of 4) — $4 

History (set of 8) — $7 

Discussion Questions, Evaluating, Fields of Study, Programs (set of 4) — $4

Forms / Approaches / Strategies, Craft, Tips for Effectiveness, and Frequent Systems / Topics (set of 4) – $4

Please note: You will notice this marking on all the Social Practice Zines because they are all licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as they credit me and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Some Social Practice book

Want all the zines in one easy-to-use book? This book is now available. This book expands and adds to each of these zines, while compiling all of the history examples into a single timeline for easy reference. I am excited to self-publish this text, using a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA).

– A list of exercises for in and out-of-class use
– A sample syllabus, adaptable to 10 and 15-week terms
– Challenging discussion questions
– Charts to explain intersecting fields of study and spectrums in the field
– Social practice book list
– Tips for effective social practice

If you’d like a copy and you are at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, use MCADSHIPPING code and skip the cost of shipping (I’ll drop it in your mailbox).



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Occasionally THEJORGELUCEROSTUDYCOLLECTION acquires a volume that we want to recommend to everyone. You know how you all assign that Pablo Helguera book when you’re trying to introduce socially engaged art to your students? Well, today I received the other book that will now become an essential resource when mapping out a “definition” around this form with your students. Ellen Mueller’s “SOME SOCIAL PRACTICE” is a robust literature/textual review that will open up the permissions of socially engaged art for you and your students. Yes, maybe when you flip through this book, you might say, “Hey, here’s a bunch of stuff I recognize and talk about all the time”, but now you have it all collected and curricularized for you in one simple–easy to use–volume. NOTE: when I say “curricularized” I’m not saying you’ll find anything pre-packaged or pre-scribed here. What I mean is that many of the “threads” on the topic have been laid bare for you and your students to pull on through their own work. This book is SO USER FRIENDLY while fairly reflecting/teasing the complexity and profundity of the form. Get it here NOW: https://ellenmueller.com/product/some-social-practice/ #ellenmueller #jorgelucerostudycollection #somesocialpractice

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