Bio — Raphaëlle Mueller

I am a multiply-composed, chemically infused body which began as European-ness that had inherited plastics and chemicals from my mother's unknowing exposure as I incubated in her womb. Starting from this observation, my artistic practice merges art and science within a discursive geopolitical agenda and my recent researches evolve around the duality of processes and representation of geological, biological and chemical toxicity or phenomena. Therefore, my exploratory methodologies indicate multilateral dialogues by questioning hidden and speculative relations between ecology, politics and the human. My main interest consists in focusing on non-human agents, to operate a shift of perspective that aims to decenter the human gaze/perspective. In doing so, I try to develop transdisciplinary methodologies that do not only rely on technological observation apparatuses, in order to challenge the notion of representation and to transcend the realm of the visual.

For many years, I am pleased to work in dialogue with scientists and biohackers, and to collaborate with other artists and institutions with ecological awareness.

Artistic research (MA CCC-Critical, Curatorial, Cybernetic Studies) at HEAD-Geneva (2017).
Qualifying program in research of the Universities of arts (CAS), Zhdk Zürich (2013).
Art and new media at HEAD-Geneva (2009).
Visual Communication at HEAD-Geneva and photography at ZHDK-Zürich (BA) (2007).

Cantonal Fund for Contemporary Art Grants (FCAC), Geneva, CH. (2018)

Prix New Heads (with the collective project “Who do you work for?”)

Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards, Geneva, CH. (2018)

Best experimental award

Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest for the short movie Lasting Beast, Romania. (2018)

ABRI—Artistes Associés
2018-2019, Geneva, CH,
curator Rares Donca.

Body of Us
Swiss Pavillion, London Design Biennial (in collaboration with Vanessa Lorenzo, Räuber&Stehler, continent., common-interrest). Curator: Rebekka Kiesewetter. With the support of Pro Helvetia. London, UK.

Chemical Charm

Silicon Malley, Lausanne, CH. (In collaboration with Sarah Sandler and Katie Lennanton).

Bourses Déliées (Arts Visuels).

Halle Nord Geneva, CH.

Solo show
Standard/Deluxe, Lausanne, CH.
Curator: Adrien Cater.

Proxy Paradise

New Heads Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards. LiveInYourHead Geneva, CH. Curator: Balthazar Lovay.

Proxy Paradise @ Art Geneva

New Heads Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards. Art Geneva, CH. Curator: Balthazar Lovay.


Prix d’Excellence en arts visuels
HEAD, Geneva University of Art & Design, CH. (2017)

Best short narrative award

Wolves Independent Film Festival WIIFA for the short movie Lasting Beast, Lituania. (2017)

HEAD x ISR Summer Academy
Observation Practices and Methods
Art – Science
July 2018, Istituto Svizzero di Roma.

Narratives of a near future
Exhibition in the frame of the International Conferences, Head-Geneva.


Utopiana, Geneva, CH.

Strawberry Fields 6

Solo Show @ ET Geneva, CH.
Curator: Bureau svdp

Slowly vanishing feathers
(with Nagi Gianni), Listrik, Montreux, CH.

La sémiosphère du Commun - Biotope 1
Le Commun - Geneva, CH. 
(in collaboration with Vanessa Lorenzo). Curator: Anna Barseghian, Utopiana.