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        2. Matteo Lucchetti - Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at BAK

          Photo: Francesco D'Amore/1
        3. BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht is proud to announce that Matteo Lucchetti has been appointed Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs. Starting from January 2017, Lucchetti joins the BAK team in shaping the program for the institution’s new phase, contributing to the development of its post-academic research program under the name of Institute for the Contemporary.

          Italian born, Lucchetti is a curator, art historian, and writer. His main curatorial interests are focused on artistic practices that redefine the role of art and the artist in society.  His curatorial projects include: De Rerum Rurale, 16th Rome Quadriennale, Rome, 2016; Dont Embarrass the Bureau, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2014; Enacting Populism in its Mediæscape, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012; and Practicing Memory, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2010. In the projects he curated, Lucchetti has worked with artists such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Rossella Biscotti, Nástio Mosquito, Marinella Senatore, Jonas Staal, SUPERFLEX, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Pilvi Takala, and Stephen Willats, among others. Since 2010, Lucchetti also has co-directed, with Judith Wielander, the Visible project, a research endeavor and the first European biennial award devoted to socially engaged artistic practices in a global context, initiated and supported by Pistoletto Foundation, Biella and Fondazione Zegna, Trivero.

          Lucchetti has worked as curator in residence at Para Site, Hong Kong; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; and AIR, Antwerp. He has organized and taken part in several seminars, talks, and debates at various institutions, such as the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; and the Centre for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg. He lectured as a guest professor at HISK, Ghent; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Antwerp; and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, and contributed to magazines such as Mousse Magazine, Manifesta Journal, and Art Agenda.

        4. Learning Laboratories - exhibition conceptualized by Tom Holert - 03.12.2016–05.02.2017

          A research exhibition and a symposium, Learning Laboratories: Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space Around 1970 sets out to reconstruct educational imaginaries—the past’s conceptions of the future of education—in an archaeological excavation of learning spaces and knowledge environments of the 1960s and 1970s.
          Taped individual programs with headsets, open classroom, Granada Community School, Belvedere-Tiburon, California, photo: Rondal Partridge. Source: Robert Propst, High School: The Process and the Place, ed. Ruth Weinstock (New York: Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1972)./1
        5. The Southern Summer School - project conceptualized by Dorine van Meel and Nelmarie du Preez - 17.02.–24.02.2017

          In February 2017 BAK hosts The Southern Summer School, a project initiated by artists Dorine van Meel and Nelmarie du Preez. It brings together art practitioners and cultural workers based in South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and begins from the acknowledgment that the colonial involvement of the Dutch and the British empire in South Africa continues to operate in the present. In the months preceding The Southern Summer School workshops and reading groups will be organized in South Africa, the Netherlands, and the UK.
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        6. To Seminar - exhibition conceptualized by Henk Slager - 11.03.–21.05.2017

          To Seminar, conceptualized by Henk Slager, is a research exhibition on the seminar as a model that offers an alternative for learning and knowledge transference. The aim of the exhibition is to break the associated deadlock of the so-called “educational turn” in art through a rethinking of philosopher Roland Barthes’ concept of “seminar.”
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        7. The Real Estate of Education - symposium - 04.02.2017

          In the context of the exhibition Learning Laboratories BAK organizes the symposium The Real Estate of Education on Saturday 4 February 2017. As the symposium is fully booked, we are currently working with a waiting list.
          Source: Glendon P. Nimnicht & Arthur R. Partridge, Designs for Small High Schools (Greeley, Col.: Educational Planning Service, Colorado State College, 1962), p. 74./1
        8. upcoming publication - FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary After 1989

          Having entered its culminating phase, FORMER WEST, the transnational research, education, exhibition, and publication project of BAK will conclude with a major publication synthesizing its eight year-long efforts. Titled FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary After 1989 and edited by Maria Hlavajova (BAK artistic director) and Simon Sheikh (curator and writer, London/Berlin), the book inquires into the complex relationship between art and the contemporary from 1989 onwards, probed through the propositional imaginary of a “former West.” Release March 2017.

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        9. upcoming reader - Marion von Osten: Once We Were Artists

          In the publishing line of BAK Critical Readers in Artists’ Practice a publication will be released in 2016 on artists and cultural producers Marion von Osten, titled Once We Were Artists, charting the qualitative changes in the artistic practices in relation to social change in the course of the last four decades.  

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        10. research intinerary - Future Vocabularies (2014–2016)

          In 2016 BAK prolongs its research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016). In 2016 the leading concept to shape BAK’s program is that of instituting otherwise. The series is prompted by the desire to engage publically with the ideal of institutional innovation that would sync the operations of the infrastructure in general—and of the art infrastructure in particular—with the rapidly developing world that is enveloped in a series of concurrent crises (political, social, environmental, military, cultural, aesthetic, or other). More information can be found here.