Co-op Academy / the Van Abbemuseum presents ‘Useful Art’

18.01.2013/ 7:30 p.m.
Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Comissioned by DAI
Course Coordinator: Nick AikensWith: Steven ten Thije, Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher, Gemma Medina, Christiane Berndes, Diana Franssen, Daniel Neugebauer and guest lecturer Tania Bruguera.

Arte Útil (Useful Art) / from month to month


The day in the Van Abbe will be the first session focusing on the final project of the Useful Art Project in DAI. The day will be broken up into three sessions – a review of the evening’s talk the night before, a session led by Nick Aikens and one led by other Steven ten Thije.

The start of the day will be a a discussion on ‘An Evening on Use’ form the evening before, analysing the main areas of interest for the group.

Following the series of discussions and seminars in the Autumn, which sought to introduce students to the terms and frames of thinking around ‘Useful Art’, the focus will now turn to the final project in the summer. For this first session, students have been asked to bring something as the starting point for a discussion. This could be a work of art (of their own or an image). Students will be asked to talk for five minutes. From this the workshop will look at potential key areas or themes.

The purpose of the day is to begin to formulate some areas of thinking from which to develop. By the end of the day specific tasks will also be set for the next session.