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:

REVisiting Social Services + Art facilitated by Marisa Jahn and Anjum Asharia/-REV

In this workshop, facilitators Marisa Jahn and Anjum Asharia (REV-) look at examples of artistic works whose efficacy as campaign tools or social services lay in their ability to invite public participation in the creation of new social narratives and behaviors. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to reflect together, bring their own relevant examples, and brainstorm as a group on projects in development. Examples of reference points REV will discuss include Antanas Mockus (the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, most famously known for hiring mimes to work as traffic cops), and El Bibliobandido (a character REV- co-invented: a masked bandit who, ravenous for stories, roves the jungles of Honduras — an area with an 80% illiteracy rate—terrorizing little kids until they write and offer him stories). REV invites attendees to bring projects they may want to workshop and also invites participation in providing feedback on The League of Nannies, their upcoming public art and cross-country journey that fights for the rights of domestic workers nationwide.

REV- is an art, media, and social justice organization. For this workshop session, REV- asks the question of how creative disciplines can enliven on-the-ground community organizing and campaigns. How can compelling design, well-crafted writing, and critical analysis spark the public imagination and accelerate social change? Facilitating this workshop is artist/writer/activist Marisa Jahn who co-founded REV- in 2000. A graduate of UC Berkeley and MIT, Marisa’s work has been reviewed in media such as Art Forum, Frieze, BBC, GOOD magazine, and presented at The White House, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, IDEO NY, ICA Philadelphia, and more. Co-facilitating this workshop is Anjum Asharia, REV-’s Program Director.

Video by Adam Khalil

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