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A Conversation on Useful Art, April 23, 2011

Milica Tomic-”Container” project

Milica Tomic, “Container” project

Container project is a reconstruction of an atrocity that took place in Northern Afghanistan, the massacre of thousand of Taliban prisoners of war by the Northern Alliance, directed by the American invasion troops. Taliban war prisoners were put into container trucks. They were kept without water and air for several days during their trip through the desert. When they started begging for air, the Northern Alliance troops fired upon the containers “in order to make holes for the air to get in”…

Domènec – Superquadra casa-armário (Super-size block wardrobe-size house)

Domènec - Superquadr casa-armário

Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da Republica, Brasilia, Brazil. November 2007 Two prototypes measuring 220 x 80 x 65 cm each.
Wood, blankets and plastic objects A scaled down recreation of two buildings in the huge blocks of residential housing in Brasília, called “superquadras” or giant blocks of houses; designed by Lucio Costa. Made into prototypes of individual shelters for the “moradores da rua” or homeless. Project made for the exhibition Moradias Transitórias. Novos Espaços da Contemporanidade…

Domènec – Real Estate

Domènec - Real Estate

Real Estate is the result of a long process of delving into the Israeli/Palestinian problem and began in late 2006 following an invitation from the Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts to carry out a period of residency in Jerusalem and was continued in subsequent visits in 2006 and 2007.

The Real Estate installation is presented as a pretend real estate sales office which offers a series of materials (photographs, videos, interviews, free printed material…) which attempt to be visual proof of the complex, problematic relationship within the territory and housing in this context and to show how architecture and urban planning are part of a war strategy staged by the state of Israel within the context of Palestine occupation and these in fact these become one of the most effective systems of domination…


KonungaRikena Elgaland-Vargaland (the Royal Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland)

KonungaRikena Elgaland-Vargaland (the Royal Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland)

Welcome to the Digital Territory of KonungaRikena Elgaland-Vargaland (the Royal Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland).

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] were proclaimed in 1992 and consist of all Border Territories: Geographical, Mental & Digital. You are currently visiting the KREV digital territory as a citizen or as a tourist. You are encouraged to browse the digital territory of the Kingdoms – follow the links on the right.

Elgaland-Vargaland is the largest – and most populous realm on Earth, incorporating all boundaries between other nations as well as Digital Territory and other states of existence. Every time you travel somewhere, and every time you enter another form, such as the dream state…


Chance 2000 – The Last Chance Party (1998)


Right in time for the 1998 German elections, Christoph Schlingensief’s decision to found his own party with the futuristic-sounding name CHANCE2000 marks the artist’s most high-profile attempt yet to unite his art and life…

Video: Morire nel deserto

Morire nel deserto

Un filmato documenta la tragica fine degli immigrati espulsi dalla Libia. Così come prevede l’accordo siglato tra Berlusconi e Gheddafi

Le mani nere sollevate ad afferrare l’aria. Pochi passi oltre, il vento sulla camicia anima la smorfia dell’ultimo respiro di una donna. E subito accanto, il corpo di un ragazzo ancora chino nella preghiera da cui non si è mai rialzato. Muoiono così gli immigrati. Così finiscono gli uomini e le donne che non sbarcano più a Lampedusa. Bloccati in Libia dall’accordo Roma-Tripoli e riconsegnati al deserto. Abbandonati sulla sabbia appena oltre il confine. A volte sono obbligati a proseguire a piedi: fino al fortino militare di Madama, piccolo avamposto dell’esercito del Niger, 80 chilometri più a Sud. Altre volte si perdono. Cadono a faccia in giù sfiniti, affamati, assetati senza che nessuno trovi più i loro cadaveri. Un filmato però rivela una di queste stragi. Un breve video che ‘L’espresso’ è riuscito a fare uscire dalla Libia e poi dal Niger. Un’operazione di rimpatrio andata male. Undici morti. Sette uomini e quattro donne, da quanto è possibile vedere nelle immagini…

L’invenzione del clandestino

L’invenzione del clandestino

La minchia gli scassarono ‘sti migranti al governatore Lombardo, non solo l’uscio del capanno di Grammichele. Per questo incita i siciliani a far ronde notturne con il mitra, caso mai incontrassero tunisini in fuga da Mineo o sbarcati sulle coste. Li fulminassero sul bagnasciuga, come proclamò con scarsa padronanza dei termini marinari e ancor meno fortuna bellica la buonanima di Mussolini per l’altra invasione dell’isola, quella del 1943…

Ghana Think Tank

The Ghana ThinkTank
Developing the First World

Founded in 2006, the Ghana ThinkTank is a worldwide network of think tanks creating strategies to resolve local problems in the “developed” world. In our most recent project, we sent problems collected in Wales to think tanks in Ghana, Mexico, Serbia, Iran, and a group of incarcerated girls in the U.S. Prison system. The network began with think tanks from Ghana, Cuba and El Salvador, and has since expanded to include Serbia, Mexico and Ethiopia.

These think tanks analyze the problems and propose solutions, which we put into action back in the community where the problems originated – whether those solutions seem impractical or brilliant.

Some of these actions have produced workable solutions, but others have created intensely awkward situations, as we play out different cultures’ assumptions about each other.

It’s become a way to explore the friction caused by solutions that are generated in one context and applied elsewhere, while revealing the hidden assumptions that govern crosscultural interactions.



Link to Ghana Think Thank


Eduardo Costa’s Manifesto on Useful Art, 1969