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Program

Field Meal

4 February 2023

ULTRAHOSPITALITY FIELD MEAL 1: SANCOCHO FLORAL

Using the sancocho (a pan-Latin American soup with no fixed recipe) as a tool for research and encounter, Mercado Lourdes (Bogotá, Colombia) will host and organize a series of field meals. These events activate and connect the multiple affects that have resulted from ongoing research with local producers into the biodiversity of the territory.  

Workshop

27-29 January 2023

How to Set Up a Community Kitchen

During these sessions—part of the bASIC aCTIVIST kITCHEN (b.a.k.) program in collaboration with Berend Bombarius, De Voorkamer and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst—we want to collectively explore the topic of setting up community kitchens. Different strategies, tools, methodologies, and contexts are explored to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in the practices and theories of community kitchens.

Workshop

16 December 2022

Stitching, Writing, Singing

In all continents, people have built matriarchal cosmologies sustained by complex rituals. In the advent of main modern religions and after centuries of colonizing invasions, the goddesses of antiquity were suppressed by the patriarchal structures that consolidated our era. However, they found ways to speak to us in the language of patterns, melodies, and poems. This workshop uses the voice as a method to reveal the presence of goddesses. 

Public Program

12-13 November 2022

Spectral Infrastructure

This two-day event of sounds and words presents fields of enquiry that the freethought members have developed through their long-term research trajectory at BAK. The event includes screenings, discussions, presentations, music listening, and DJing sessions weaved together by dialogues. Organized in collaboration with Le Guess Who? festival. 

Workshop

19 November 2022

Unjumbling Our Histories

Unjumbling Our Histories is a two-part workshop on storytelling, collage, and bookmaking—created by artist and writer Maja Irene Bolier—with a purpose to learn and share stories in a safe and fun environment; a space for empathy, learning, and understanding.

Fellowship