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Headquartered in the Bienal Pavilion and open to the public, Program in Time’s symposiums are concerned with three key issues related to social, political, cultural and artistic conditions.

In Time | Symposium Uses of Art

The first of a series of discussions and conferences, Uses of art considers the artistic practice from the perspective of its possibilities for action.

Uses of art
September 13th, Saturday
The one-day symposium is co-organized by Stephen Wright and takes inspiration from his recent publication Towards a Lexicon of Usership. The day will be dedicated to recent advances in the theory surrounding “users” and the relationship between use and artistic projects.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m: Stephen Wright on “Uses of art” (moderated by Charles Esche)
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m: Presentations by SP and Brazil-based cultural producers looking at the application of art to aspirations for social change: Graziela Kunsch (São Paulo); Jose Eduardo Ferreira Santos and Vilma Santos (Acervo da Laje, Salvador); Ana Lira and Felipe Peres Calheiros (Recife); Romario Alves (Belém)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m: Round table with Tony Chakar, Suely Rolnik and Stephen Wright

Uses of art institutions
October 12th, Sunday

A second Uses of art symposium will examine the potential value of the use of art institutions and spaces and their capacity to function as platforms for critical thought and social change.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m: Introduction by Charles Esche
11 a.m. – 1 p.m: Starting up and surviving: Sarah Rifky (Beirut, Cairo); Sumesh Sharma (Clark House Initiative, India); Sally Mizrachi (Lugar a Dudas, Colombia)
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m: Transforming and connecting: Farid Rakun (ruangrupa, Indonesia); Paola Santoscoy (El Eco, México); Emily Pethick (Cluster, Netherlands)
5 p.m – 7 p.m: Repurposing and using: Bart de Baere; Zdenka Badovinac; Vasif Kortun; Ivo Mesquita