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: arteutil.net
The Arte Útil Working Groups will provide a springboard for a deeper understanding of Arte Útil concepts and methodologies, an opportunity to strengthen local communities of practitioners, ask valuable questions, and ideally act as a catalyst to create new work and/or further develop existing work.
Some goals of the gathering are:
To use the Arte Útil examples in the galleries, the 8 criteria, and 4 hypothesis question areas as a means of assessment of the social impact of the project(s).
To workshop projects with a group of peers, and to learn from those who have experience and tested strategies.
To share relevant documents, sources, and reference material.
To present to the public at the end of the process something about how the project has been modified, refined or clarified through the process
Video by Adam Khalil