Freehouse: radicalizing the local in ' Museum Of Arte Útil

Van Abbemuseum, Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven, Dec 2013

The old building of the Van Abbemuseum reopens as the Museum of Arte Útil, a place where art's use value and social function is put to the test. The Museum of Arte Útil a project by Tania Bruguera, presents an archive of over two hundred case studies that imagine, create and implement beneficial outcomes by producing tactics that change how we act in society.

The case studies are presented through the lens of seven strategies: ‘Use it Yourself’, ‘Institutional Repurpose’, ‘A-Legal’, ‘Space Hijack’, ‘Open Access’, ‘Legislative Change’ and ‘Reforming Capital’. Within the museum a number of artists will work in the museum and the city over a sustained period of time, whilst many of the live projects relate directly to Eindhoven, through partnerships with local organisations.

How can we 'use' the museum? How can it become a civic institution for production and output? Through this project, the ambition is to transform the museum into a Social Power Plant, where spectators become users and collective, transformative energy can be generated for use in the world outside. The case studies from the archive provide the fuel for the Social Power Plant, the presentations are a toolkit for users to re-purpose tactics and methodologies to their own ends.

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