Tractions: Art talks with Tania Bruguera

03.10.2017 / 07:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Digital Arts Reserach Center (DARC) 108
University of California Santa Cruz1156 High StreetSanta Cruz, CA 95064


TRACTION: Art Talks with Tania Bruguera

Bruguera’s focus on how art interacts with the everyday political life––and on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness–– makes her the ideal artist to launch UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences new speaking series, TRACTION: Art Talks. The series, organized for 2017/18  in collaboration with Jennifer González and A. Laurie Palmer, brings internationally renowned artists to the UC Santa Cruz campus. The series is designed around the conviction that the arts offer profound insight into the most pressing ecological, cultural, political, and social questions of our time. TRACTION exposes students, faculty, and the broader public to the concerns of contemporary art, always with an eye on how those concerns reflect the larger world.

At UC Santa Cruz, Bruguera will discuss her long-term projects as intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics. She will give an overview of how her practice aims to expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.” UCSC History of Art and Visual Culture professor Jennifer González will then join her in conversation.

Bruguera was awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow, and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana – a school, exhibition space and think tank for activist artists and Cubans. Born 1968 in Havana, Cuba, Bruguera lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge.