Bruguera’s presentation “Art as a verb” will be centered on Arte Útil which in Spanish roughly translates as useful or benefitial art, but also suggests art as a device or tool. Arte Útil is an artistic practice that imagines, creates and implements socially beneficial outcomes. This year-long investigation initiated by the artist Tania Brugueraincludes an online archive, an association of Arte Útil practitioners, an open-call, a publication, a working laboratory at the Queens Museum, an artist residency at Immigrant Movement International 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.
Tania Bruguera is a leading political and performance artist researching ways in which Art applies to everyday political life by transforming social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics. To define her practice she uses the terms arte de conducta (Conduct/Behavior Art), Arte Útil (Useful Art), political-timing specific and aest-ethics. She is currently working on the political representation of migrants through her long-term project Immigrant Movement International.
Bruguera’s work is featured in the books Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism; Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present; Artificial Hells – Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship; Defining Contemporary Art – 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks; Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century); among others. Her work was featured at Artforum, Kunstforum, Texte Zur Kunst, Performance Research, Frieze, Art in America, Oxford Journals, The New York Times, Le Monde, Los Angeles Times among others.
Bruguera received the Meadow Prize; National Museum of Wales Award; AICA “Best show in a University Gallery;” Artesmundi and Ordway Prize finalist; 1st Neuberger Prize; Prince Claus Award; Guggenheim Fellowship among others.
Bruguera participated in TED Talks Global as speaker, Documenta 11, Performa, Venice and Havana Biennales, exhibited at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Van Abbemuseum, Kunsthalle Wien and The New Museum of Contemporary Art among others.
A graduate of the MFA program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Instituto Superior de Arte. She is a faculty at ENSBA, Paris and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Pre-ambulation and Retrospection.