Reflections on Arte Ùtil: Art as a tool for social change

7.02.2014 / 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Centre for Cultural Partnerships, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts. Melbourne, Australia.
Video interview / Discussion Panel*
Coordinated by Marnie Badham
*Due to a schedule conflict, the artist can not be present. She sends her apologies, Marnie Badham interviewed Tania Bruguera to be a part of the event. Tania’s video is now coupled with a panel discussion.


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This presentation explores Arte Ùtil as an artistic movement; it means not only the beneficial things that art can produce, or the concrete beneficial outcomes for its users, but it means art as a tool for social change. Arte Útil is transforming affection into effectiveness. Arte Útil has no relationship with a view falsely seeing what is good in everything; it rather believes in the possibility of the  people to grow.

Presented by The Centre for Cultural Partnerships, VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne and Footscray Community Arts Centre, the conference will feature keynote international speakers including Dr Sophie Hope, (UK) Artist/Researcher/Academic, Ted Purves, (USA) Artist/Researcher/Academic, and Tania Bruguera (CUBA/ USA) Artist.

This international conference examines creative and critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice. Through diverse and creative formats and a range of local and international speakers, the conference will explore the relationship between established community arts practices and the appearance of new forms of collaboration and engagement across a range of disciplines, from participatory design to social practice.

The conference marks the culmination of a 3 year Australian Research Council-funded Linkage project, Towards an Integrated Approach for Evaluating Community-based Arts with investigators Dr Lachlan MacDowall (University of Melbourne), Dr Martin Mulligan (RMIT University), Frank Panucci (Australia Council for the Arts) and Dr Marnie Badham as Research Fellow (University of Melbourne).