Arte Útil in Spanish roughly translates as useful art, but also suggests art as a device or tool. Arte Útil imagines, creates and implements socially beneficial outcomes.

The Arte Útil Lab is the first part of a year-long investigation initiated by the artist Tania Bruguera that includes an online archive, an association of Arte Útil practitioners, an open-call, a publication, and a series of public projects and debates culminating in the transformation of a building at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands into the Museum of Arte Útil in the fall of 2013. For more info visit:

Ecological & Scientific Interventions (Food Systems, Climate Change, Gardening, Resource Management, Maker Communities, Technology Innovations), facilitated by Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattingly’s practice collapses boundaries between performance, sculpture, architecture, and photography through creating and documenting wearable environments and autonomous living systems. Mary has participated in exhibitions at deCordova Sculpture Park, the International Center of Photography, Palais de Tokyo, and the Neuberger Museum of Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Occurrence Espace d’art et d’essai Contemporains in Montreal, Robert Mann Gallery, the New York Public Library, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Galerie Adler in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2009, she launched the Waterpod Project, a floating sculptural living system and public space in New York City. In 2010, she participated in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation residency (NYC), Skowhegan (ME), and was awarded an Art Matters Foundation travel grant. Currently, Mattingly is a fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology.

Video by Adam Khalil


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