Tag Useful Art

December 18

Open Invitation for Actions On December 18, designated “International Migrants Day” by the United Nations, we are mobilizing artists and cultural producers across the world to develop projects related to the issues and experience of migration. Through artistic actions, we want to help highlight the fact that human migration is an increasingly central phenomena of contemporary global…

Part 7. Discussion

Part 1. Definition of Useful Art and Introduction – Tania Bruguera





el instituto, currently headquartered in Mexico City, is a not-for-profit organization that generates exhibitions, conferences, workshops, courses and platforms for other events. el instituto is committed to the exploration of the overlap between art, culture, politics, activism and human rights theory and practice, both locally and internationally. Having no physical site of its own, el instituto functions symbiotically, hosted by cultural or academic institutions, while also operating in less official spaces and capacities…

A Conversation on Useful Art, April 23, 2011

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…


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


Minerva Cuevas – Mejor Vida Corporation

Minerva Cuevas – Mejor Vida Corporation

Mejor Vida Corp. is a non profit corporation. M.V.C. creates, promotes and distributes world wide products and services for free, M.V.C. doesn’t discriminates any person for its gender, race, religion, sexual preferences or economic status.


Minerva Cuevas – Student ID Card

Minerva Cuevas – Student ID Card

M.V.Corp. has issued thousands of student ID cards. This ID has been approved by Carmen Macazaga Valencia, the University Extension Coordinator, who was elected for this charge by looking for M.V.C. initials in the Mexico City’s White Pages. The MVC Student ID Card can be used internationally to obtain free or reduced museum admissions, public transportation, travel accommodation, other IDs, discounts on airfares, as well as many other benefits.