Nomadic Residency public talk - Tania Bruguera: Arte Útil

Photo Tania Bruguera, woman with long brown hair, photo by Hugo Huerta Marin
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tania Bruguera’s projects apply the aesthetics of art to everyday life. Focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness, they are intensive interventions into the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics.

In her public talk, as part of the Nomadic Residents series, Bruguera will discuss the concept of Arte Útil, a term that, when activated, harnesses the potential of art to shift perspectives and initiate social, political, and cultural change.

Bruguera participated in the Documenta 11 exhibition and also established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Her work has been shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim and MoMA, New York, among others. Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think thank for activist artists and Cubans.

Born 1968 in Havana, Cuba, Bruguera lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge.

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University

The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014), and Ryan Gander (2016). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

For more information please contact:

Min Sook Lee
Assistant Professor, Art and Social Change
Faculty of Art


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Auditorium, room 190
FREE (Seating is limited, come early.)