[artinfo] Arte Útil summit and projects

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Arte Útil summit and projects

July 22-25, 2016,

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Centre Square
Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ
United Kingdom


Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, part of 
Teesside University, is moving forward with a 
vision of itself as a "useful museum," or "museum 
3.0," under the directorship of Alistair Hudson. 
The "useful museum" is a civic institution that 
promotes art as a tool for social change and is 
created by the sum of the actions of its users. 
The "museum 3.0" establishes the gallery as a 
public site, beyond representation and 
participation and based on use value, with its 
meaning defined by its constituents.

Arte Útil summit and projects respond to current social issues and urgencies
Arte Útil-roughly translated into English as 
"useful art" or, more accurately, art as a tool 
or device-is an ongoing body of work that draws 
on artistic thinking to imagine and implement 
tactics that change how we act in society. Arte 
Útil questions the orthodoxies of art, 
contributing to its migration from its usual 
sustaining environments-the institution or the 
market-into the cut and thrust of ordinary life.

The Arte Útil movement, initiated by Tania 
Bruguera in 2011, has been growing through an 
expanding network of allegiances, partnerships, 
and platforms. This summit brings together the 
leading protagonists and affiliates of Arte Útil 
to reflect on the genealogy of the movement and 
its influence to date, and to plot its future 
course, particularly in relation to current 
social issues and urgencies.

The summit analyzes the history and lexicography 
of Arte Útil and presents its archive as a 
resource so that other institutions and 
constituencies can apply its methodologies. It 
speculates on the notion of "usology" and 
proposes a radical transformation of 
institutional practices. It explores the role of 
the art sector in forming a new political agenda 
and engages with communities in Middlesbrough to 
develop local problem-solving strategies.

Assemble, Tania Bruguera, John Byrne, Sebastian 
Cichocki, Collective Works, Charles Esche, Annie 
Fletcher, Granby Four Streets Community Land 
Trust, Núria Güell, Investing in People and 
Culture, Gemma Medina & Alessandra Saviotti, 
Middlesbrough Council, New Linthorpe, Kuba 
Szreder, Stephen Wright

Organized as part of The Uses of Art - The Legacy 
of 1848 and 1989, a project by the European 
museum confederation L'Internationale realised 
with the support of the Culture Program of the 
European Union.

Also at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Through October 9
Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology
This exhibition addresses the economic situation 
of Teesside-a region that in the nineteenth 
century was at the epicenter of the Industrial 
Revolution-in the context of today's world 
economy. It includes works, objects, documents, 
and new technologies sourced from and contributed 
by local collections and archives, regional 
companies, and British and international artists.

The exhibition captures the character of 
Teesside's key manufactures, showing how they 
formed around the extraction of raw materials and 
the export of goods. It also refers to the 
problems of the changing global economic 
landscape through such themes as labor relations, 
the delocalization of businesses, the power of 
transnational finance, and the dominance of the 
service sector.

Selected participants and contributors
Academy of Work, Bisan Abu-Eisheh, Arcus, Sammy 
Baloji, Beamish, Brett Bloom, Robin Dale, Dorman 
Museum, Eva Fàbregas, Cao Fei, Aikaterini 
Gegisian, Goldin+Senneby, Hackney Flashers, 
Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service, 
Heatherwick Studio, Mikhail Karikis, Kirkleatham 
Museum, Materials Processing Institute, Adrián 
Melis, Middlesbrough Central Library, Moments in 
3D, MVRDV, Myvillages, Farid Rasulov, Sock 
Monkey, STEM Centre, Len Tabner, Unknown Fields, 
Mona Va˜ta˜manu & Florin Tudor, Pilvi Takala, 
TeeGene, Teesside Archives

Through September 18
If All Relations Were to Reach Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve
This project-involving research, a display, and 
public programs-examines the migratory condition. 
It is predicated on the fact that Middlesbrough, 
in the northeast of England, is a key dispersal 
area for asylum seekers, and it references the 
feelings, memories, anxieties, and aspirations of 
refugee-background groups there. The gallery 
features areas for learning, service provision, 
and discussion; documents; and works by artists, 
asylum seekers and refugees, activists, and 
scholars. Resources and activities include 
computers with access to the Internet, communal 
lunches, awareness-raising sessions, and 

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