A quote on the tranquility of moving water by Hal Boyle. Photo by Peng Wu
A quote on the tranquility of moving water by Hal Boyle. Photo by Peng Wu

Faculty members Ellen Mueller and Peng Wu are featured on MPLSART for their work with the Open Water Project.

This project was introduced by Alyssa Baguss, who invited local artists to join each other for an hour-long boat ride aboard the Minneapolis Water Taxi.

The Open Water Project asks, “What can you do in one hour on a tour boat that seats 6 people on the Mississippi River?” Open Water is a series of experimental buoyant happenings aboard the Minneapolis Water Taxi curated by artist and cruise director Alyssa Baguss. Each small one-hour river journey is hosted by a different Minneapolis culture maker who will creatively engages passengers through the floating arts. All participants received a short zine on the subject to promote discussion. 

Wu, a self-described social practice artist, invited everyone aboard his cruise to share stories of rivers that had been meaningful in their lives. “The majority of Asian civilizations originated from or by rivers. That's how human civilizations. This piece] aimed to raise people’s awareness of how much we have in common," Wu tells MPLSART.

Mueller explains her project as "holding a brief discussion about leisure as resistance, which is an area of academic scholarship that’s well researched and written about quite a lot, and then practicing being leisurely on the boat.” 

Later this month, Mueller will also be leading a panel at SECAC conference (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) called Professional Practices and the MFA. She will be distributing a limited run of a zine focused on professional practice at this panel

Professional Practices and the MFA
Friday, October 18, 1:15–3:00 p.m.
SECAC at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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