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December 8, 2020 - December 31, 2023

Decentralising Political Economies

Initiated by Asociación de Arte Útil, the Whitworth, The City Lab (part of The Institute of Art and Technology at the Liverpool John Moores University's School of Art and Design)


We are excited to announce Decentralising Political Economies ( a new research website, which uses the Arte Útil archive as a resource for social, economic and political change through the uses of art.

In collaboration with our partners at the Whitworth (Manchester, UK) and The City Lab (The Institute of art Art and Technology) at the Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art & Design, we invited (and will invite over the next couple of years), different contributions in the form of online and offline toolkits, interviews, essays, curricula, and artist’s projects.

Questions we are asking include:
– How can we begin to use art as a tool for generating social change in a post-Covid world?

– How can we begin to use Museums and Galleries as sites of exchange – as places where the experience of art becomes operational rather than simply symbolic?

– And how do Museums and Galleries begin the difficult process of moving toward a potentially post-exhibitionary era of interaction and use? will propose, develop, and test a range of possibilities to use art as an instigator of political and economic change. The research will support the development of ‘Economics the Blockbuster’ exhibition, taking place at the Whitworth in 2022/23.

Visit the website here: