Ellen Mueller


by Ellen Mueller on April 20, 2019, no comments

Survival Skills - Performance

Come check out this new interactive work I’m showing as part of THIRTY THREE VIEWS! I have hired three different movement-based artists to activate the installation at these times, although the public is also welcomed and encouraged to activate the piece anytime the exhibition is open (including while these movers are engaging the work):

Friday, April 26: Charles Campbell, 7-7:30 PM
Saturday, April 27: Laura Levinson, 7:30-8 PM
Sunday, April 28: Kaya Lovestrand, 12:30-1 PM

Curated by Chris Larson and Maria Cristina Tavera, THIRTY THREE VIEWS is an exhibition of artworks reflecting the vision, energy, and talent of 33 Twin Cities based women and non-binary contemporary artists. On view at the old Swedish Bank Building, the exhibit is organized as external programming of the Second Shift Studio Space. This innovative exhibition will occupy the entire third floor (5000 sq ft) of the vacant Swedish Bank Building at 965 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul for one week to coincide with the Saint Paul Art Crawl which is April 26-28, 2019.

The artists in the exhibition include: Lamia Abukhadra, Silvana AgostoniKatayoun Amjadi, Rachel Breen, Julie Buffalohead, Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Sayge CarrollMartha Gabriela Driessen, Candice Davis, Mara Duvra, Lauren Flynn, María José CastilloTia-Simone Gardner, Ruthann Godollei, Nooshin Hakim, Pao Houa Her, Elizabeth Breck Hickman, Alexa Horochowski, Essma Imady, Prerna Jambunathan, Sarah Kuza, Anne Labovitz, Heather Lamanno, Gudrun Lock, Alanah Luger-Guillaume, Paula McCartney, Ellen Mueller, Angela St. Vrain, Jenny Schmid, Jovan Speller, Sarah Katherine Stengle, Melissa Vang, and Koua Yang.

Reception: April 27, Saturday 7-10pm 

Swedish Bank Building
965 Payne Avenue
Saint Paul

Exhibition Hours:
Friday April 26 (6–10 pm)
Saturday April 27 (12–10 pm)Sunday April 28 (12–5 pm)
Visits available on other days by appointment.


Walking as Artistic Practice

by Ellen Mueller on April 17, 2019, no comments

Walking as Artistic Practice

I’m teaching a 3-Saturday workshop on Walking as Artistic Practice this summer! Know anyone that would be interested?

July 27, August 3, August 10  // 1-4pm each Saturday

This workshop is designed as a brief survey of some of the origins, theories, processes, and manifestations of walking as art. Read, watch, and discuss perspectives on walking-based projects. Using this information as a springboard, complete walking exercises, and execute original walking projects. Open to students ages 18 and above.

Price: $121 — Class savings available:
Register on or before May 6 and save $25. Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).


At A Distance 3

by Ellen Mueller on April 17, 2019, no comments


On Sunday, April 28, a version of my Survival Skills performance will be on view at Wedge Projects in Chicago as a part of At a Distance 3. This is an exhibition of artworks that, for their final form, can be made in the absence of the artist(s).

Artists were asked to send only descriptions of and/or instructions for new pieces. Works selected for At A Distance #3 will be produced by a small volunteer team, working in close communication with each artist. The final form and presentation of each piece may include curatorial choices in regards to scale and materials. These choices will be made in an effort to create the most faithful representation of the artist’s vision while using the gallery space and the relationships between individual artworks in the most effective ways possible.

Participating artists include:  Kioto AiokiSantina Amato, Bruce Barber, Caitlin CoccoGary Duehr, RJ Harrington, Tracie HayesHannah HirsekornChristalena HughmanickN. Adriana Knouf, Xiaohan Li, Jacob Lunderby, Ellen Mueller, Sunita Mukhi, Lauren SudbrinkThe Mutual Society of Arts, Yasen Vasilev, Raymond Yeager

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2 PM – 6 PM

Wedge Projects
1448 & 1442 West Howard Street
Chicago, Illinois 60626

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340415089811786

Body + Camera Festival in Chicago

by Ellen Mueller on April 2, 2019, no comments


The Body + Camera Festival has reached its final city: Chicago! After previously visiting New Jersey City and Miami, the works can now be seen at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Crunching, a video piece made during a residency at Playa Artist Residency in Oregon, is set on the edge of a lake that dries up every summer due to commercial irrigation. It depicts various textures that, while appealing, also reflect a strained relationship between natural processes and human exploitation.

This work will be featured in the Body + Camera Festival, which presents a broad spectrum of contemporary work in experimental, dance, and performance film, and includes special screenings and artist talks aimed at provoking discussion around the event’s theme. This year’s films were selected from over 1,700 international submissions by a jury of experienced members of the performance and film community, and organized into five distinct programs and installations. Crunching is a part of the Convening program: eight films that explore our ongoing search for physical intimacy with nature.

Body + Camera 2019: The Un/Certain Body

Sunday, April 7, 2019
This event is free and open to the public.

Claudia Cassidy Theater,
2nd Floor North
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Facebook event

Documentation of Auricular Labor Collective at MACAA 2018

by Ellen Mueller on March 16, 2019, one comment


I’m a little late (ok, pretty late… the MACAA conference was last October…), but still wanted to share some documentation pics from this collaboration with Guen MontgomeryMegaZines with the Auricular Labor Collective. This was a really fun performative workshop involving live-screenprinting some map-folded zines on large sheets of newsprint. The zines covered a lot of information about listening in the classroom and how to be good listeners.