The Uses of Art

“let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others—some goodly strength or knowledge gained for yourselves; so, from day to day, and strength to strength, you shall build up indeed, by Art, by Thought, and by Just Will, an Ecclesia of [Europe], of which it shall not be said, “See what manner of stones are here,” but, “See what manner of men.”

– John Ruskin, lecture “the relation of art to ‘use’”, 1870

NSK, Trancentrala, Ljubljana, 1996

NSK, Trancentrala, Ljubljana, 1996

The Uses of Art – the legacy of 1848 and 1989’ is a five year European Funded project which sees a collaboration between existing members of L’Internationale Moderna Galerija (MG), Ljubljana, Slovenia,  Museum voor Hededaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium,  Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain, Van Abbemuseum (VAM), Eindhoven, Netherlands , Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofia, (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain, SALT, Istanbul, Turkey and partners who have expertise to help realize the project: Grizedale Arts (GA), Coniston, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University (JMU), Liverpool, United Kingdom,  Koninklijke Akademie Schone Kunsten (KASK), Gent, Belgium, Universität Hildesheim (UH), Hildesheim, Germany.

‘The Uses of Art’ will see L’internationale members collaborate with partner institutions to facilitate a range of exhibitions, shows, seminars, lectures, symposia and publications that seek to address the shifting and changing roles and functions of art institutions. By looking back to 1848 and 1989 it is hoped that the project will reimagine and revision a role for art in the production of new forms of citizenship and participation.

The project itself was officially launched in Madrid, at the Reina Sofia in May 2013. I am currently working with partners as the lead editor of the ‘Constituencies’ strand of L’Internationale research. The Constituencies research strand will lead to a Conference, which will be held in September 2016 at mima in Middlesbrough, and to a book publication ‘The Constituent Museum’ that is slated for September 2017.

As part of my role within the L’Internationale project ‘The Uses of Art: The Legacies of 1848 and 1989’, I’m am also a narrator of the ‘Glossary of Common Knowledge project.  On behalf of the L’Internationale and The Uses of Art Project’s ‘Mediation’ strand, I am also responsible for coordinating and managing research into ‘Constituencies’ that will lead to publication in 2017.

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