Ellen Mueller

Micromanagement at The Performance Art Institute

by Ellen Mueller on September 27, 2011, no comments

Awesome news: I’m going to be performing my practical preparedness character LIVE in San Francisco on Oct 15 at the Performance Art Institute.  Find the press release below:

The Performance Art Institute of San Francisco presents:
An evening of 16 experimental performance artists with an overbearing interest in their audience

San Francisco, CA – conceptual artist duo Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert present MICROMANAGEMENT, an evening of performative artworks by 16 artists from around the world. Artists participating in the exhibition include CNS (Mabel Negrete and Timothy E Robertson II), Jordan Essoe, Peter Foucault, Jennifer Gwirtz, Barbara Kristoff, Anya Liftig, Cheryl Meeker and Dan Spencer, Ellen Mueller, Naomi Sex, Ann Marie Stoehr, Merav Tzur, Kathryn Williamson, Kathrine Worel, and Gordon Winiemko

Micromanagement is characterized by close observation and control over someone else’s work, frequently accompanied by an acute focus on minor details, to the point where it often seems more an matter of control than the successful realization of a project. The artists of MICROMANAGEMENT will spend the evening “observing, controlling, attending to minutia, and insisting on results.” These artists impose double binds, they question our competence, they exploit our fears, they set us up to fail. Through performances, temporary installations, and sound works, the artists in MICROMANAGEMENT provide a dynamic evening of work that is compulsive, manipulative, overbearing, and always completely brilliant.

Ellen Mueller delivers a “Practical Preparedness” demonstration speech and guides the audience through the proper way to navigate a mob situation. Peter Foucault manipulates a small sensor-activated artist/robot using sound and percussion. Gordon Winiemko edits, rewrites, rephrases, and “micromanages” the efforts of curators Sean and Isabel, for a contribution that is in dialogue with the event itself.

MICROMANAGEMENT — One night only!  Free admission!

Saturday, October 15th — Doors: 7:30pm, Performances: 8:00pm 
(estimated running time: 2 hours)
Seating is limited — first-come/first-serve.

The Performance Art Institute
575 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California