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What’s the Use

Is art only art insofar as it refuses to be useful? Or can art practices serve a wider purpose in the world? This reader starts from the premise that art is an integral part of the social, economic, and political process. Art is best understood through its dialogue with the social sphere, rather than as Continue reading What’s the Use

White Paper: The Law

Over a three-month process a series of Public Drafting Meetings were hold in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Maastricht with committees composed of jurists, squatters, sans-papiers, academics, activists, and the general public work together to form “movement-perspective legislation”. These groups produced a collectively written convention as an instrument of law that acts both as a speculative Continue reading White Paper: The Law

Cuidado Crítico

Cuidado Crítico es un proyecto de investigación sobre nosotros mismos y los demás, sobre la idea del cuidado, la sustenibilidad y la importancia de efectuar un cambio a nivel social, politico, personal y colectivo. Un analisis que quiere examinar las dimensiones politicas del `cuidado´ y exponer sus beneficios para propositos revolucionarios. Un acto de reflexión Continue reading Cuidado Crítico

A common OIKOS

Strictly speaking, Ecology is a LOGOS of the OIKOS. That means, the way we inhabit the OIKOS (house, household). It is important to differentiate, nonetheless, the ontological statuses of Ecology and Nature, as Ecology is not a thing but a self-conscious theory of a thing. Thus, we could think of the OIKOS, when related to Continue reading A common OIKOS

Arts Collaboratory

Arts Collaboratory is a platform for transnational exchange and cooperation made up of over 20 arts organizations from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The mission of Arts Collaboratory is to promote collaborative, inventive, and open visual arts practices that are socially engaging and transformative. As a Research assistant in CASCO (Utrecht), I was following the development Continue reading Arts Collaboratory

The Common Sense

The Common Sense, Phase 1 New York-based artist Melanie Gilligan’s largest project to date, The Common Sense takes the form of a sci-fi mini-series which looks at how minds, bodies, and interpersonal relations are shaped by technological advancements within capitalism. This experimental narrative drama tells a story that revolves around a future technology which allows one to Continue reading The Common Sense

Confessions of the Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect. 1848 – 1989 – today (a traverse through modern culture).  1848 and 1989 are two points of reference for modern history. Two revolutions: the first is represented by a symbol of the barricade during the February Revolution and the second by the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the exhibition Confessions of the Continue reading Confessions of the Imperfect

Arte Povera A-Z

Arte Povera A-Z was an exhibition held by Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen (Brussels) that reflected on the importance of Arte Povera during the decade of the 1960s. Thinking precisely on how “in the history of art it is sometimes possible to connect substantial changes of direction and priority to relatively specific moments in time” (Charles Harrison), I was commissioned Continue reading Arte Povera A-Z

Museum of `Arte Útil´ as a Useful Institution. A democratic (?) Exhibiton Space

Concentrating on the idea of `museum as a forum of possibilities´, Museum of `Arte Útil´ as a Useful Institution. A democratic (?) Exhibiton Space focuses on the analyses of Museum of Arte Útil, which was an exhibition held until the 30th of March 2014 in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (Netherlands). Through examining a concrete institutional Continue reading Museum of `Arte Útil´ as a Useful Institution. A democratic (?) Exhibiton Space

Cine-sabotage for new ways of experiencing the city

Our graphical representation and understanding of space has been crucially influenced by the affirmation that the space is homogeneous. Thus, the geometric representation of the earth has affected the way in which we have converted our cities into contemporary geometrical illusions. However, many other theorists such as Michel Foucault in 1967 or Michel de Certeau Continue reading Cine-sabotage for new ways of experiencing the city

My own truth

One of the most valuable things that I have learned writing for Beyond the Walls is the necessity to formulate questions as a way to understand the intangible notion of truth. I do know that this post was meant to reflect on last session’s presentations and to furthermore expose the direction of my own research, Continue reading My own truth

To shape or to serve?

The museum still dominates the horizon of our material culture. The institutional practice of display, which can include organization, classification or selection of objects, deploy value that control the way we decipher our past (O’Neil 2007, p.14). However, art institutions can also reflect on specific contradictions in society, and therefore, the museum, which is the Continue reading To shape or to serve?