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        2. Text - discussion with Job Koelewijn, Falke Pisano, and Mick Wilson, moderated by Vivian Sky Rehberg - 30.03.2017

          On Thursday 30 March 2017 BAK organizes the seminar Text, a discussion with Job Koelewijn, Falke Pisano, and Mick Wilson, moderated by Vivian Sky Rehberg. Updating the concept of the seminar, this discussion takes the notion of the text from “To the Seminar” by Roland Barthes (1974) from a present-day perspective.
          Camila Sposati and Falke Pisano, Lundu (Rugendas), 2017/1
        3. Out now - 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.” 

          The publication can be ordered via The MIT Press.

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        4. To Seminar - exhibition conceptualized by Henk Slager - 10.03.–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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        5. Call for Participation: BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum - BAK in collaboration with Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) and Utrecht Summer School - 17.07.–21.07.2017

          Applications are now being accepted for the BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum, an intensive collaborative learning week at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst from 17–21 July 2017, organized in partnership with Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) and Utrecht Summer School. The school brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.

          Learn more and register here.

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        6. Transference - discussion with Tiong Ang, René Francisco, and Marquard Smith, moderated by Margo Slomp - 06.04.2017

          On Thursday 6 April 2017 BAK organizes the seminar Transference, a discussion with Tiong Ang, René Francisco, and Marquard Smith, moderated by Margo Slomp. This gathering inquires into the notion of transference from the triad of institution/transference/text articulated by Roland Barthes in “To the Seminar” (1974), and analyzes artworks by Tiong Ang and René Francisco.
          Tiong Ang in collaboration with Sebastián González de Gortari, Ola Hassanain, Jan Yongdeok Lim, Winston Nanlohy, Andrés Novo, Kristina Országhová, Alejandro Ramírez, Heekyung Ryu, and Robert Wittendorp, Sleeper, 2017. Photo: Tom Janssen/1
        7. 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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