Trabajos de Utilidad Pública|
(Santiago de Chile, 2005)
TUP (Works for Public Purposes) now refrains from using the words "collective" and "art" with which it originally identified itself six years ago. Its members now think of TUP as a "work area", open to participation from different fields and disciplines, that activate actions-conversations and explores and experiences different urban and social spaces in Santiago de Chile. One of its first works, Proyecto Fachada (Façade Project) showed the way it worked in the city:
"Our chosen form of intervention is experimental, based on spatial practices that explore, listen, relate and coexist and are activated through creative interaction with the setting that is being investigated, its inhabitants and the archives of the population’s memories. We view the city as the backdrop for artistic experience. A place where the fundamental practices of the human condition unfolds, and where the production, dissemination and use of unorthodox forms of common sense in everyday life are the context in which our art operates. The city as an art experience juxtaposes the meanings that make up daily happenings in the street, in a gesture that refers reciprocally to passers-by and to residents, to passing and to meeting, the uniqueness of every event and the universality required by meaning, issues that are inherent to contemporary existence. Questions." (Summary of the Proyecto Fachada experience, June 2005 - February 2006)
The following is a conversation from 2010 between TUP and critic Federico Galende.