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August 11, 2022

2 days on Arte Útil as part of the INSTAR’s programme at documenta15

The Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (INSTAR) in collaboration with the Asociación de Arte Útil, proposes two roundtables aiming at unpacking urgent questions gravitating around the notion of Arte Útil. Escaping any attempt to be framed as just an art project, Arte Útil could be understood as a movement, a praxis, a meta-artwork, a method to look at how art has been used as a tool in society to instigate change starting from the XX Century. The principles of Arte Útil have been extensively analysed and used by the Asociación de Arte Útil in collaboration with art & educational institutions around the world. Ultimately the goal of the Asociación is to research and put into practice ways for art to work effectively in ordinary life and to support new initiatives that might arise from practising its principles.

20 August 2022 | 17:00 – 18:30 – documenta Halle, INSTAR Square


lumbung memberInstituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (INSTAR) asks Is there such a thing as a “Usological Turn”? The panel will look at the concept of usership in art practices that potentially oppose the realm of spectatorship. The Usological turn seems to capture the dissatisfaction of artists whose works are not created just to be looked at in awe but situate themselves as part of a broader usership. INSTAR and their guests will look at how these practices welcome use, misuse, transformation, and repurposing, challenging old categories such as ownership, authorship, spectatorship, and intellectual property rights.

GUESTS: Nick Aikens; Muhannad Al Ulaby; Tania Bruguera; Fernando Garcia Dory; Annie Fletcher; Stephen Wright

21 August 2022 | 17:00 – 18:30 – documenta Halle, INSTAR Square


Since its conception in 2013, the Arte Útil archive has become a steadily expanding collective tool for research and a resource for those interested in how art intersects with societal issues. Consisting of a growing database of around three hundred case studies that use art as a tool for change, it provides tactics, a historical perspective, and a nexus between theory and practice. Moreover, it functions as a platform to connect art projects and “users” from different geographies and disciplines. This event by lumbung memberInstituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (INSTAR) explores paths Towards an archaeology of Arte Útil.

GUESTS: Tania Bruguera; John Byrne; Alistair Hudson; Alessandra Saviotti