07/12/2013 - 30/03/2014
On December 7 the old building of the Van Abbemuseum becomes the Museum of Arte Útil, a place where art’s use value and social function will be analysed. Museum of Arte Útil is initiated by the artist Tania Bruguera, developed with the Van Abbemuseum and constructLab and realised by its users.
Arte Útil in Spanish roughly translates as ‘useful art’ but it goes further suggesting art as a tool or device. The Museum of Arte Útil will present an archive spanning nearly two centuries. These case studies imagine, create and implement beneficial outcomes by producing tactics that change how we act in society. Some of the case studies will be activated by users of the museum, whilst others will be analysed and debated.
How do we ‘use’ the museum? How can it become a site of production, and output? Through this project the museum aims to transform the museum, with a fixed set of attributes, into a Social Power Plant. At the project’s core is the Arte Útil archive, which tracks a significant and growing development in artistic practice. This archive provides the fuel for the Social Power Plant where it can be activated through use, analysis and debate.
My Archive contribution
The project was realized between 12 November 2009 and 27 February 2010 in the neighbourhood of La Latina. A public multi-media collection site was designed and built by the designer-collective zoohaus in collaboration with me. 512 wishes in and for La Latina and approximately 85,000 Pesetas were collected. The project and object created a lively dialogue among neighbours regarding what they would like to change and better in their common public space. On 27 February, 55 neighbours of La Latina met for a day in El Circulo de Bellas Artes. Together they decided what would happen with the collected wishes and the Pesetas, worth €513.70.
Project blog: www.huchadedeseos.wordpress.com