Arte Útil (Useful Art) ´

17.01.2013/ 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Kortestraat 27, 6811 EP. Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Discussion between Stephen Wright, Tania Bruguera and Charles Esche
Commisioned by DAI
Curated, organized and tutored by the Van Abbemuseum

An evening on use with Stephen Wright, Tania Bruguera and Charles Esche

Introductory Comments by Nick Aikens / Charles Esche

Tania Bruguera: Arte Útil (Useful Art)

Tania Bruguera will introduce ‘Arte Útil’, a term the Cuban artist has coined for forms of art practice that foreground affect and implementation over representation. Tania Bruguera is currently collaborating with the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and the Queens Museum, New York on the Museum of Arte Útil, a multi strand project that will culminate in the old building of the Van Abbemuseum being transformed into the Museum of Arte Útil in Autumn 2013. 

Stephen Wright: Usership

Theorist Stephen Wright will expand on ideas in his recent essay ‘Here Comes Everybody: Towards a Politics of Usership’, where he outlines the political, theoretical and artistic implications of ‘usership’ – for artists, institutions, audiences and political subjects. Wright suggests some speculative ‘exit strategies’ from which he sees as the outdated and restrictive conceptual edifices on which contemporary art currently rests.