The Uses of MIMA

On July 21st I went to visit Alistair Hudson in his new post as Director of Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art. That evening Alistair hosted a talk from Nick Aikens (Van Abbemuseum) about the Museum of Arte Útil project, the Association of Arte Útil, Alistair Hudson’s plans for MIMA and the ongoing L’Internatonale ‘Uses of Art’ project.

Nick Aikens talking Arte Útil

Alistair Hudson exercising in the mima istallation of Pablo Helguera’s ‘Addams-Dewey Gymnasium’

L’Internationale Team Meeting: Ljubljana

On June 22nd to 24th the L’Internationale team met in Ljubljana to discuss and develop the next stages of ‘The Uses of Art’ project. This was an incredible meeting to be at, one in which key decisions were reached about the project itself and the emerging key aims and objectives of the L’Internationale confederation. One of the core outcomes of the meeting was the collaborative will to begin theorising, and problematising the term ‘constituencies’ as a means to understand the complex relationships which now underpin the uses of art.