The Use of Art (II)

from 18.09.2013 to 6.10.2013 /
Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, San Diego, United States
Residency/Adjunct ProfessorCoordinated by Noah Simblist and Roberto Tejada

Meadows Prize

In the workshop, students and Bruguera will review resources to develop communication tools appropriate for use in the contemporary public sphere. Additionally, the course will involve analysis of case studies for “arte útil,” or useful art and develop related projects. Bruguera often defines her own practice through the terms “arte útil” and “arte de conducta,” which means conduct or behavior art.

Students will also examine texts by Claire Bishop, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Shannon Jackson, Stephen Wright and Grant Kester. Among the addressed themes from these texts are social practice, the relationship between reality and fiction in art, the relationship between art and performance, the utility of art, public art and site specificity and the relationship between art and activism. Over the course of the two-week workshop, students will present and develop one personal project.