Her work focuses on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. This extraordinary survey exhibition presents Bruguera’s artworks for the public sphere created between 1985 and 2017, all of which position art as a useful resource for social change. The concept of the exhibition focuses on the idea of “updating” her previous work, in order to respond to current urgencies. As part of the exhibition, a newly created Escuela de Arte Útil will be presented.
Submit Case Studies for the Arte Útil Archive: Bay Area
Arte Útil has to do with understanding that art, only as a proposal, is not enough. Arte Útil goes from the state of proposal to that of real implementation. It has to do with understanding that proposals coming from art must reveal the next step and be applied, must leave the sphere of what is unattainable, of desired impossibility, to be part of what exists, of the real and functional sphere: to be a feasible utopia.
—Tania Bruguera, reflections on Arte Útil, in “What’s the Use,” Valiz, Amsterdam, 2016
Arte Útil Archive
Arte Útil roughly translates as “useful art.” But it goes further, meaning art that operates beyond representation, as a tool or device to effect reality through the implementation of social change. At the core of this research is an open-source archive maintained by the Asociación de Arte Útil. This growing database comprises more than two hundred case studies, from 1827 to today, describing projects that imagine, create, and implement tactics that foster civic engagement and re-evaluate institutions in order to make them work for the people.
We are inviting the public to submit information on historical as well as ongoing projects, located in the Bay Area, that align with the following criteria:
1) Propose new uses for art within society
2) Use artistic thinking to challenge the field within which it operates
3) Respond to current urgencies
4) Operate on a 1:1 scale
5) Replace authors with initiators and spectators with users
6) Have practical, beneficial outcomes for its users
7) Pursue sustainability
8) Re-establish aesthetics as a system of transformation
The selected projects will be included in the archive, in the Asociación de Arte Útil network. They will also be included in a new pedagogical artwork Escuela de Arte Útil (School of Arte Útil), part of the exhibition Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power, organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco.
Projects can be submitted by anyone, included but not limited to the initiators of the project. They will be evaluated for pertinence by the Asociación de Arte Útil.
Submit a project HERE >>
Deadline: February 8th
YBCA Exhibitions 2016–2017 are made possible, in part, by: Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and the Creative Ventures Council.
YBCA Programs 2016-2017 are made possible, in part, by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 2016–2017: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Free First Tuesdays underwritten by Directors Forum Members.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Lead Image: Tania Bruguera, Tatlin’s Whisper #6 (Havana Version), 2009. Courtesy Studio Bruguera.