Nov 19th 2019

one-day seminar with specialists from the fields of art, architecture and mathematics.

Workshop: 1:00-5:00 PM
Reception: 5:00-8:00 PM

A one-day seminar with specialists from the fields of art, architecture and mathematics to develop a new methodology to describe the role of art and creativity in the field of human activity, moving beyond categorization and binary systems. Rather than asking whether something is art or not, can we ask to what degree, or how much art do we have here? This radical new research strives to define a new operating system that captures the true complexity and interdependence of different fields of activity against the emerging context of demodernatization and decolonization.

During the daytime there will be a research workshop followed in the evening at 6-8PM with a public presentation and discussion of the research. Participants include: Eugenia Cheng (Scientist in Residence and Senior Lecturer SAIC), Tania Bruguera (artist, Cuba), Alistair Hudson and Leanne Greene (the Whitworth, Manchester UK) Jennifer Scott, Ross Jordan (Curators at Hull-House) and Paulo Tavares (Chicago Architectural Biennial Co-curator) and Stephen Wright (Paris based writer and co-director of the Document & Contemporary Art post-graduate artistic research program at L’École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image France).

This program is inspired by the current exhibition “Arte Útil.” “Arte Útil”, as defined by artist Tania Bruguera, is “an idea of art as a tool for social change”. Initiated by Bruguera, the Asociación de Arte Útil is a growing international network of people and activities that promote this idea. The project exists primarily as a growing online archive of hundreds of case studies from around the world that exemplify the concept of “Arte Útil” across categories such as urban development, science, economy, environment, and education. The archive is activated through exhibitions, meetings and exchanges that further interrogate the idea of ‘useful art’.

This Chicago iteration of the Arte Útil Archive is presented within the former library of the historic Hull-House, reactivating the room as resource for local neighborhood groups, artists and activists to exchange knowledge that may prove useful in the local context. “Arte Útil” (9 Sep, 2019–05 Jan, 2020) is commissioned by the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, “…and other such stories,” curated by Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares.

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