Open Call for San Francisco Bay Area Artists: Submit Case Studies for Tania Bruguera’s Arte Útil Archive

Open Call for San Francisco Bay Area Artists: Submit Case Studies for Tania Bruguera’s Arte Útil Archive

Deadline: February 8th, 2017

Background: Artist Tania Bruguera’s long-term projects research and perform the ways in which art can be applied to collective everyday life. Her work focuses on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. This extraordinary survey exhibition presents Bruguera’s artworks for the public sphere created between 1985 and 2017, all of which position art as a useful resource for social change. The concept of the exhibition focuses on the idea of “updating” her previous work, in order to respond to current urgencies. As part of the exhibition, a newly created Escuela de Arte Útil will be presented.

Submit Case Studies for the Arte Útil Archive: Bay Area
Arte Útil roughly translates as “useful art.” But it goes further, meaning art that operates beyond representation, as a tool or device to effect reality through the implementation of social change. At the core of this research is an open-source archive maintained by the Asociación de Arte Útil. This growing database comprises more than two hundred case studies, from 1827 to today, describing projects that imagine, create, and implement tactics that foster civic engagement and re-evaluate institutions in order to make them work for the people.

Submission Criteria: The public is invited to submit information on historical as well as ongoing projects, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, that align with the following criteria:

1) Propose new uses for art within society
2) Use artistic thinking to challenge the field within which it operates
3) Respond to current urgencies
4) Operate on a 1:1 scale
5) Replace authors with initiators and spectators with users
6) Have practical, beneficial outcomes for its users
7) Pursue sustainability
8) Re-establish aesthetics as a system of transformation

Selected Projects: The selected projects will be included in the archive, in the Asociación de Arte Útil network. They will also be included in a new pedagogical artwork Escuela de Arte Útil (School of Arte Útil), part of the exhibition Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power, organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco.

Submission Instructions: Projects can be submitted by anyone, included but not limited to the initiators of the project. They will be evaluated for pertinence by the Asociación de Arte Útil.

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