12.08.2013 – 31.08.2013 /

Summer Academy of Fine Arts. Alte Saline Hallein, Salzburg, Austria
Workshop, Social practice
Organized by Salzburg International Summer Academy

“Arte útil” (useful art) aims to transform some aspects of society through the implementation of art, transcending symbolic representation or metaphor and proposing with their activity some solutions for deficits in reality. Most “useful art” is structured as a long-term project, and the way it operates is dictated by the practical impact of its strategies. “Useful art” practices try to address the levels of disparities of engagement between informed audiences and the general public, as well as the historical gap between the language used in what is considered avantgarde and the language of urgent politics, science and other disciplines.

Bruguera created the Useful Art Association in January 2011 to provide a platform to meet, exchange ideas, and share strategies on how to deal with the issues of implementing the merging of art into society. Similarly to this association, in her course Tania Bruguera will work with the students in an open manner, through discussions, printed texts, action groups and public events, examining what it means to create “useful art”.

Assistant: Julia Schwarzbach


English, German, Spanish, French

What to bring:

Tools and material for working in your preferred medium.



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