Research & Publications


Prospections is a digital forum for anticipatory and propositional discourse, research, and intervention, driven by the urgencies that shape the world at present. Bringing together lived experience, documentation and documents, analysis, and foresight research, Prospections appeals to the potential of imagination-based tactics in shaping what’s to come. At the same time, it is conceived as a modest solidarity framework for supporting the work of neighboring artists, thinkers, and activists.
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Usufructuaries of earth – 7 April 2024
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Usufructuaries of earth: a slow-growing reader

The “Usufructuaries of earth” focus on Prospections is a slow-growing reader that undergirds the project as an usufructuary of knowledges, turning the project’s research into a collective research and publishing resource.

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Spectral Infrastructure – 13 September 2022
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The Hauntologists

“The Hauntologists” is activated here as a Prospections focus—featuring both commissioned and archival material that has emerged out of the BAK Fellowship for Situated Practice 2021/2022 program.

Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 3 March 2022
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Standing With Ukraine

BAK’s digital forum Prospections, provides—via its emergency focus “Standing With Ukraine.

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No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
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No Linear Fucking Time

This focus of Prospections engages a multitude of temporal registers through shifting scales and rhythms.

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ExitStateCraft – 11 August 2021
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ExitStateCraft

In his 1860 study The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, historian Jacob Burckhardt noted that with the Italian city-states of the Renaissance, “a new fact appear[ed] in history: the state as the outcome of reflection and calculation, the state as a work of art.” 1 Writing during World War II, the philosopher Ernst Cassirer—familiar with Burckhardt—continued in a similar vein, arguing that circa 1500, with Macchiavelli, “the state [had] won its full autonomy . . . but at the same time it [was] completely isolated.

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How to Assemble Now – 8 July 2020
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How to Assemble Now

We initiate this focus as the Netherlands, along with a significant part of the global community, begins to emerge from Covid-19 closures and as institutions are busy attempting to return to an awkwardly modulated version of “normal.” Yet the role of art and its institutions, as we understand it at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is to continually envision and embody ways of being together otherwise.

Tactical Solidarities – 16 April 2020
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Tactical Solidarities

“In the long run the practice of solidarity proves much more advantageous to the species than the development of individuals endowed with predatory inclinations.” Peter Kropotkin

Riot. Strike. Riot
Riot. Strike. Riot
Usufructuaries of earth – 10 April 2024
Riot Now: Square, Street, Commune

“Riot Now: Square, Street, Commune” is a chapter from political theorist Joshua Clover’s Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso, 2016). Taking the classical Greek agora—a place of assembly and commerce—as a starting point, Clover suggests that it is perhaps no coincidence that many of the riots and occupations that emerged in recent decades either happened or began in modern squares. He speaks of how this emergence of rioters corresponded to “an underlying political-economic unity, a material reorganization of society, which provide[d] them a shared set of problems and a shared arena in which to confront them.”

Marwa Arsanios, Chart for the Usership o
Marwa Arsanios, Chart for the Usership of Land, prints on paper, 2022, installation detail, Usufructuaries of earth, chpater one, exhibition, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Ten banners each depiciting a sentence that address the rig
Usufructuaries of earth – 8 April 2024
Palestine & the Commons: Or, Marx & the Musha’a

Charting the interconnectedness of capitalism, colonialism, and nationalism, Peter Linebaugh’s “Palestine & the Commons: Or, Marx & the Musha’a” speaks of “the violence of mapping, titling, buying, and selling which cast people into cities and camps following their expropriation from the land.”

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Marwa Arsanios, Who Is Afriad of Ideology? Part 3: Micro Resistencias, film still, 2020
Usufructuaries of earth – 7 April 2024
Micro-Resistances

Originally published in Kohl Journal, this interview is between Samanta Arango Orozco, a member of Grupo Semillas, and the artist Marwa Arsanios, who is co-convening with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst the multi-chaptered project Usufructuaries of earth until 2 June, 2024.

Usufructuaries of earth – 7 April 2024
Usufructuaries of earth: a slow-growing table of contents

A slow-growing table of contents for the Usufructuaries of earth online reader. The reader emerges, to begin with, as a constellation of archival texts assembled here through the “Usufructuaries of earth” focus on Prospections. Throughout the duration of Usufructuaries of earth project and beyond, diverse content—long reads, interviews, conversations, and visual interventions—will incrementally be (re)published into a public research and learning curriculum that studies histories and propositions of usufruct, of renewing shared practices of usership of and with earth.

Spectral Infrastructure – 5 April 2024
An Annotated Bibliography for Digital Discomfort
Spectral Infrastructure – 5 April 2024
Afrofuturism
Spectral Infrastructure – 5 April 2024
Execution
Spectral Infrastructure – 5 April 2024
Informatic Opacity
Spectral Infrastructure – 5 April 2024
A Wishlist for Trans*feminist Servers
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Marwa Arsanios, Who Is Afraid of Ideology? Part 1, film still, 2017
Usufructuaries of earth – 19 March 2024
Ecological Catastrophe: Nature Talks Back

“We are in the siege of a nature that has been hurt, divided, defiled, poisoned, harmed, and made to bleed,” writes Pelşîn Tolhildan, member of the Kurdish Women’s Movement.

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Usufructuaries of earth – 7 March 2024
Usufructuaries of earth: exhibition audio tour

Usufructuaries of earth is the first comprehensive exhibition of Marwa Arsanios’s work in the Netherlands. The exhibition foregrounds the artist’s collaborative approach to bringing together ecological, feminist, and decolonial knowledges and practices that put forward ideologies of usufruct, unhinging property-relations from the idiom of individuated possession and toward forms of common, more-than-human userships. Here is an audio tour of the exhibition given by BAK convenor of research and publications Wietske Maas.

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To Read the War – 29 October 2023
Fred Moten on Palestine and the Nation-State of Israel

Jared Ware, host of Millennials Are Killing Capitalism (MAKC), conducted a conversation with cultural theorist, poet, and educator Fred Moten about Palestine, decolonization, settler colonialism, and the nation-state of Israel, streamed live on the MAKC YouTube channel 25 October 2023. We take the liberty to recirculate this in-depth reflection on the Palestinian predicament here on Prospections as part of the “To Read the War” focus.

The BAK 2017/2018 Fellow artist and rese
The BAK 2017/2018 Fellow artist and researcher Isshaq Al-Barbary joins BAK’s Artistic Co-Director Maria Hlavajova and the Utrecht cell of 2023/2024 BAK Fellows for Situated Practice for a conversation on the situation in Palestine. BAK, basis voor actue
To Read the War – 18 October 2023
75 years of dispossession. 56 years of occupation. 16 years of blockade.

We at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht plea for an end to the violence in Palestine and call on artists, cultural and knowledge workers, practitioners in the fields of social action, and all our publics to stand up in solidarity with the struggles of all those who yearn for a world with no hierarchy of human worth.

Campus in Camps, Collective Dictionary:
Campus in Camps, Collective Dictionary: Political (detail), 2016
18 October 2023
Collective Dictionary: Political

In April 2016, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, brought to life the Here We Are Academy: a spirited temporary recomposition of a refugee-initiated platform for learning called We Are Here Academy.

Daria Martin and Massimiliano Mollona, 
Daria Martin and Massimiliano Mollona, Steel Town, 2013, video still showing a view on the steel mill Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, Volta Redonda
Spectral Infrastructure – 2 November 2022
Ethnography as (Im)possible Realism

For more than two decades, anthropologist and filmmaker Massimiliano (Mao) Mollona has been doing ethnographic fieldwork on the dehumanizing forces of extractivism.

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Spectral Infrastructure – 2 November 2022
(Im)possible Realism

Anthropologist and educator James Clifford and anthropologist and filmmaker Massimiliano (Mao) Mollona have been sustaining a long-term conversation around the concept of “(im)possible realism”: a realism that accepts the contradictions of micro and macro scales, local and global, and thus the impossibility of telling a singular and unifying composite historical story.

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Spectral Infrastructure – 14 October 2022
Notes from the Table. A Not-Yet Manifesto

Notes from the Table. A Not-Yet Manifesto, 2022, digital rendering of an imagined expanded cinema installation, which is intended to include two overhead projectors, nine transparency sheets, and no less than three fine tip dry erase markers. Conceived and realized by Zone Collective together with their long-term design collaborator Karoline Świeżyński.

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15 September 2022
Solidarity with Lumbung

We at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst stand in full allyship and solidarity with ruangrupa, all artists and activists of documenta fifteen, and the broader lumbung ecosistem. The collective learnings of decolonial praxis that this edition of documenta have brought to Kassel have been an important and invaluable achievement. This labor reveals the urgency of addressing racist and imperial political agendas perpetuated in Germany today. To echo the words of writer and researcher Sami Khatib:

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No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
Rhythm Travel

“Rhythm Travel” (1995) was published in Amiri Baraka’s short story collection, Tales of the Out & the Gone (Brooklyn: Akashic Books, 2007), republished here with kind permission of Akashic Books.

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Movin
Pauline Boudry and Renate LorenzMoving Backwards, 2019, video still. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects Amsterdam and Marcelle Alix Paris
No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
Together in Time

Temporal drag, erotohistoriography, chronomornativity, horniness under capitalism, rhythm, dancing, and crip time.

JJJJJerome Ellis, Self-Portrait, 2021
JJJJJerome Ellis, Self-Portrait, 2021
No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
The Clearing: Music, Dysfluency, Blackness, and Time

“The Clearing: Music, Dysfluency, Blackness, and Time” was originally published in Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, 5, no. 2, 2020, pp. 215–233 and is republished here in revised form with kind permission of the author.

Hemish Spiritual Pathway (detail), 2019,
Hemish Spiritual Pathway (detail), 2019, drawing
No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
Secret Proof

When Indigenous communities are asked to provide proof of their connection to ancestral lands, what Western legal forums accept as documentation does not truly represent or respect tribal culture and traditional formats of knowledge transfer.

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No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
SEA – SHIPPING – SUN

How do we reckon with our attachments to place, and their knotted historical relations? A meditation on maritime trade routes, SEA – SHIPPING – SUN (2021), is a short film directed by Tiffany Sia and Yuri Pattison shot over the span of 2 years to render a simulated duration of a day, from The film is set against a soundtrack of shipping forecasts from archival BBC Radio 4 broadcasts. The sun emerges and disappears, again and again.dawn until dusk.

Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 19
Tehching HsiehOne Year Performance 1980–1981. Punching the Time Clock, 1980–1981, installation view No Linear Fucking Time, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2021, photo: Tom Janssen
No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
What a way to make a living

In this essay, Amelia Groom responds to Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performance 1980–1981: Time Clock Piece (1980–1981), one of the works on view as part of the No Linear Fucking Time exhibition at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Through a reading of Dolly Parton’s contemporaneous antiwork anthem 9 to 5 (1980), Groom reflects on historical shifts in the ways that workers have been and continue to be exploited through techniques and technologies of time.

Captain Pro (aka Promona Sengupta), Terr
Captain Pro (aka Promona Sengupta), Terran stratosphere as seen from Captain Pro’s cabin, 2021, photograph
No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
Iridescent Ammunitions: Time Travel as Survival

Grappling with the imposed linearity of timespace as a fundamental feature of colonial violence, this essay by Promona Sengupta (also known as Captian Pro of the interspecies intergalactic FLINTAQ+ crew of the Spaceship Beben) proposes a mode of time travel that is “untethered from colonial imaginations of the traversability of time and space.”

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No Linear Fucking Time – 21 April 2022
Weird Times

Weird Times (2021), is a 30-page chapbook by artists Tiffany Sia and Yuri Pattison on time-telling and hegemony. Featuring writing by Sia and images selected by Pattison, it is a brief history of the development of time-keeping technologies. The clock is disassembled as a political tool, a metronome of coercion and an accelerant of war power. Out of these mechanisms, resistant counter-tempos emerge.

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Participants in “Women’s Dialogue without Borders,” 2019 from both sides of the demarcation line between Ukrainian government territory and the Donbas, controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014.
Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 24 March 2022
Maidan and (8 Years) After: State of the Ukrainian Left

For Prospections “Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed,” feminist, social researcher, and peace activist Nina Potarska has kindly given us permission to republish her 2016 text “Maidan and After: State of the Ukrainian Left.”

Maria Primachenko, Our Army, Our Protec
Maria Primachenko, Our Army, Our Protectors, 1978.
Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 9 March 2022
The Case Against the Russian Federation

Oleksiy Radynski writes on the fifth day of war from a suburb of Kyiv for a case against the Russian Federation.

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Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 8 March 2022
08.03.2022 | Day 13

It is the thirteenth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Researcher and art historian Asia Bazdyrieva remains in Ukraine, south of Kyiv with her family. She has shared a diary entry on Instagram for every day of the war so far. Here is her entry for Tuesday 8 March 2022—also International Women’s Day—republished above as images, and below as text-transcript with kind permission of the author.

Courtesy Sergei Loznitsa
Courtesy Sergei Loznitsa
Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 1 March 2022
STAND WITH UKRAINE: A MAKESHIFT READING LIST

What follows is a makeshift reading (and listening) list of what we believe are relevant articles and interviews that give historic context on the invasion of Ukraine and how we at BAK—and a broader international left opposing this and all wars—can express solidarity and exert political pressure right now.

Image Credits: Studio Lekko, via Biennal
Image Credits: Studio Lekko, via Biennale Warszawa
Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 24 February 2022
NO TO WAR!!!

We at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, condemn the brutal military invasion of Ukraine, launched by Vladimir Putin.

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Standing With Ukraine. Standing With the Oppressed – 24 February 2022
Oleksiy Radynski: Propositions for Non-Fascist Living

Within the long-term research itinerary Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2021), BAK asked artists, philosophers, scholars, and activists from multiple (political) geographies facing contemporary fascisms how they engage with the question of what constitutes non-fascist living.

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No Linear Fucking Time – 14 February 2022
Observing Time

An online conversation with performance artist Tehching Hsieh, writer Amelia Groom, and writer and curator Adrian Heathfield, moderated by BAK curator of public practice Rachael Rakes on 20 January 2022. The conversation takes Hsieh’s work as a starting point in addressing performative time, labor time, gaps, and rhythms of endurance, among other things.

Graffiti found in Oakland, California in
Graffiti found in Oakland, California in 2020, artist unknown, photograph by Esmat Elhalaby, courtesy Esmat Elhalaby
No Linear Fucking Time – 3 February 2022
No Linear Fucking Time Bibliography

The “No Linear Fucking Time Bibliography” is an evolving resource which compiles selected scholarly and artistic texts relating to the various strands of study involved in this project.

Film still from Rafael Balulu’s docume
Film still from Rafael Balulu’s documentary Levantine (2019) showing archival footage of Jacqueline Kahanoff, at the head of the table, in a board meeting of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Kahanoff became board member in 1965 and had a Fren
ExitStateCraft – 3 February 2022
Kahanoff’s Levantinism: The Anachronic Possibilities of a Concept

The modern nation-state is supposed to be ethnically and culturally homogenous; after World War II, both Israel’s implementation of Zionism and Arab Nationalism adopted versions of this purism—purging and excluding from the body social what refuses assimilation.

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No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
Reclaiming Time: On Blackness and Landscape

In “Reclaiming Time: On Blackness and Landscape” (first published in PN Review 257 in 2021), poet Jason Allen-Paisant traces the racialized social contexts and modern environmental constructs that “disproportionately rob Black lives of the benefits of time.”

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No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
Pig Eater

While walking through the “Nothing To Declare” arrivals gate at London Stansted Airport, Sam Keogh is confronted by three border guards: a pig, a unicorn, and a worried cartoon clock.

Portrait of Octavia E. Butler, Joshua Tr
Portrait of Octavia E. Butler, Joshua Tree National Park, California, 1983, photo: © Harald Sun, courtesy Harald Sun, all rights reserved
No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
Living the Not-Yet

In this conversation with Walidah Imarisha (first published in Toward the Not Yet: Art as Public Practice, published by BAK and MIT Press, 2021), the writer and activist outlines her concept of “visionary fiction” as an imaginative practice to emancipate futures from the stronghold of linear time.

Karrabing Film Collective, Day in the Li
Karrabing Film Collective, Day in the Life, 2020, video still
No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
In Some Places the Not-Yet Has Long Been Already

Drawing from her work as part of the Karrabing Film Collective, Elizabeth A. Povinelli’s essay “In Some Places the Not-Yet Has Long Been Already” (which first appeared in Toward the Not Yet: Art as Public Practice, published by BAK and MIT Press, 2021) contrasts the temporal orientation of late settler liberalism—which is troubled by the coming catastrophes of climate collapse—with the ancestral catastrophes of coloniality and enslavement, which are both past and present.

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No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
Dysfluent Waters

Designed by Rissa Hochberger, with additional design by JJJJJerome Ellis and Kelvin Ellis, the book The Clearing is the eighth title in Wendy’s Subway’s Document Series, an interdisciplinary publishing initiative highlighting the work of time-based artists in printed form.

Adriana Knouf, TX-1, 2020, three resin
Adriana KnoufTX-1, 2020, three resin spheres containing the artist’s hormone replacement medications: one with a fragment of Spironolactone pill, one with a fragment of Vivelle Dot estradiol patch, and one with handmade abaca sculpture. Each s
No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
Dearest Xen (Letters to Lichen)

In her text “Dearest Zen (Letters to Lichen),” artist and scientist Adriana Knouf presents future love letters written to lichens, symbiotic organisms of fungi and algae or cyanobacteria.

Seahorse with Q-tip, Sumbawa, Nusa Tengg
Seahorse with Q-tip, Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia, 2017, photo: Justin Hofman, courtesy Justin Hofman.
No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
Immortals: On the Ancient Future Lives of Stone and Plastic

In “Immortals: On the Ancient Future Lives of Stone and Plastic,” Marianne Shaneen blends stories, histories, and ontologies of two substances: stone and plastic.

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No Linear Fucking Time – 3 December 2021
The Clearing Melismatic Palimpsest

“The Clearing: Melismatic Palimpsest” is a part of musician and writer JJJJJerome Ellis’s multi-faceted project The Clearing (book published by Wendy’s Subway and album of the same name released by NNA Tapes, 2021). Conceiving of the forest and its clearings as “sites of resistant black oralities for centuries,” Ellis explores how stuttering, blackness, and music can figure within practices of refusal against the hegemonic governance of time, speech, and encounter.

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ExitStateCraft – 7 November 2021
Radical Encounters

As part of FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, 18–24 March 2013 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, art critic, poet, and curator Ranjit Hoskote convened a forum on “Insurgent Cosmpolitanism” with cultural theorists and artists whose work addresses and performs the insurgent cosmopolitan condition.

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ExitStateCraft – 12 August 2021
(The State Is) Coagulated Blood and Bones

Mariana Botey’s text The State Is Coagulated Blood and Bones is written as a prologue to Cooperativa Cráter Invertido’s codex-comic Sangre Coagulada y Huesos (Coagulated Blood and Bones, 2021). The two contributions have been conceived in collaboration and are to be read in parallel, allowing for a mutual disruption of discourse and image.

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Wall chart depicting an international network of avant-garde magazines from the 1920s in the section “Platforms of the Avant-Garde: Der Sturm in Berlin and Mavo in Tokyo” of Hello World: Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für
ExitStateCraft – 12 August 2021
Transnational Trajectories

Long weaponized in the service of capital by the agents of neoliberalism, the nation-state is once again upheld as the bulwark of a white ethnos, securing privilege against migrants and immigrants, and against other nation-states in relations of neocolonial dependence.

Special forces of the Women’s Defense
Special forces of the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) look out over their training camp situated near Qamişlo, part of a 2014 photo series by Jonas Staal, titled Anatomy of a Revolution — Rojava, and published in The New World Academy Reader #5: Stateles
ExitStateCraft – 11 August 2021
Living Without Approval

From: New World Academy Reader #5: Stateless Democracy, Renée In der Maur and Jonas Staal in dialogue with Dilar Dirik, eds. (Utrecht: BAK basis voor actuele kunst, 2015), pp. 27–54

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ExitStateCraft – 11 August 2021
Kader Attia and Marion von Osten

From: Once We Were Artists, Maria Hlavajova and Tom Holert, eds. (Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Amsterdam: Valiz, 2017), pp. 32–52

Nina Støttrup Larsen, The Cut, The Pun
Nina Støttrup LarsenThe Cut, The Punch, The Press, 2021, video still detailing an image of a coffee plantation on a 50 CFA franc banknote, 1946–1958.
ExitStateCraft – 11 August 2021
The Horizon of National Liberation: Exiting the Neocolonial State

In 1970–1971, Guyanese radical historian and anti-colonial activist Walter Rodney gave a series of lectures on the historiography of the Russian Revolution at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Inspired by C. L. R. James’s historical work on the October Revolution, Rodney set out to reveal the parallels between the problems confronting the postcolonial regimes in Ghana and Tanzania, and those that the Bolsheviks faced in building the Soviet state.

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ExitStateCraft – 11 August 2021
The Cut, The Punch, The Press

The video The Cut, The Punch, The Press (2021) is assembled from filmed fragments of a collection of 65 banknotes of the CFA franc, circulated between 1945–2021.

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How to Assemble Now – 11 June 2021
Schooling Assembly

“Schooling Assembly” by Nora N. Khan traverses a year of pandemic teaching, in which faculty and students have witnessed widening cracks in the university system and its human opportunity cost calculations, and have faced new challenges in asserting creative and collective autonomies.

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Tactical Solidarities – 18 May 2021
In solidarity with the Palestinian decolonization struggle and decolonization efforts everywhere

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht stands in solidarity with the Palestinian decolonization struggle and with decolonization efforts everywhere.

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Tactical Solidarities – 14 December 2020
Practicing Tactical Solidarities II

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care took place on 16 December 2020. It featured artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom were at that time BAK Fellows.

Photograph by Extinction Rebellion
Photograph by Extinction Rebellion
How to Assemble Now – 7 December 2020
Rebellion Looks Inwards: Organizing in the midst of Extinction

Extinction Rebellion (XR) entered the spotlight in late 2018 with a call for mass disruptions, followed by a first wave of actions which saw thousands come together to block major bridges in London.

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Tactical Solidarities – 30 July 2020
Solidarity with La Colonie

La Colonie opened its doors on rue La Fayette, Paris on 17 October 2016 as a radically open space of discussion and exchange for diverse cultural and political communities.

Jeanne van Heeswijk, Freehouse Radicaliz
Jeanne van Heeswijk, Freehouse Radicalizing the Local, 2008–2019
How to Assemble Now – 8 July 2020
Freehouse Radicalizing the Local

This diagram by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk depicts the story of Freehouse Radicalizing the Local, a project focusing on the struggle for the right to live well in the Afrikaanderwijk neighborhood of Rotterdam.

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How to Assemble Now – 8 July 2020
Third Assembly

The gathering Third Assembly: After the Assembly took place as part of the daylong program Propositions #2: Assemblism, convened by BAK and artist Jonas Staal on 27 November 2017.

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How to Assemble Now – 8 July 2020
To Live the Coming Death

From: Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent, Maria Hlavajova and Wietske Maas, eds. (Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2019), pp. 165-179

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How to Assemble Now – 8 July 2020
Modes of Assembly: Art, the People, and the State

From: FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary After 1989, Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh, eds. (Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 559-569

“If you feel despair, remember this cr
“If you feel despair, remember this crowd"
How to Assemble Now – 8 July 2020
Remembering the Crowd

"We were in the streets for the Feminist Night March on 8 March, exactly three days before the first Covid-19 case was officially declared in Turkey..." Read the translation of an essay originally published in Turkish on 1+1 Forum, 30.04.2020.

Tactical Solidarities – 2 July 2020
In Proximity: Wendelien van Oldenborgh

For this first session of "In Proximity," an ongoing series featured on Prospections, BAK’s Curator of Public Practice Rachael Rakes enters into a conversation with artist and BAK 2017/2018 Fellow Wendelien van Oldenborgh.

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Tactical Solidarities – 29 May 2020
Practicing Tactical Solidarities

A videorecording of the online event Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care, livestreamed via Prospections on Wednesday 29 April 2020, 19–21 hrs.

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Tactical Solidarities – 28 April 2020
Supports, Strikes, and Student Revolt: On Housing Struggles in the Netherlands

Interviewed and introduced by Irene Calabuch Mirón and Sanne Karssenberg (BAK, basis voor actuele kunst).

Tactical Solidarities – 16 April 2020
Collective Economies, Alternative Flows

From: Trainings for the Not-Yet, an exhibition as a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise, convened with a multitude of collaborators by Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2019–2020)

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Tactical Solidarities – 16 April 2020
On Solidarity Without the State:

From: New World Academy, an alternative learning platform for art and politics established by Jonas Staal and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (2013–2016).

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Tactical Solidarities – 15 April 2020
Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

From FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary After 1989, Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh, eds. (Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 379-390.

To Read the War

“To Read the War” is an assemblage of texts, visual essays, interviews, conversations, and even entire publications from BAK, basis voor actuele kunst’s archive[1] and beyond, republished here on BAK’s digital forum, Prospections. Hurtled into being in these devastating days of escalating violence in Palestine, it coincides with BAK’s long-term series To Watch the War, In Solidarity and the moving image forum To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023).

The hills of the occupied Golan Heights
The hills of the occupied Golan Heights facing the Sea of Galilee are filled with many edible wild plants, as well as land mines. Since its occupation in 1967, Israel has left much of the Golan uncleared of mines. The yellow flowering plant most prominent
Scarecrows

“Scarecrows” is a visual essay by artist Jumana Manna. Here, Manna images daily acts of defiance by Palestinians foraging wild plants for food and medicine; something their survival had depended on for centuries. These humble resistances take place in the face of the legal prohibitions imposed by the State of Israel. The thinly veiled imperialist and racist laws, disguised as preservation decrees protecting plants and other species, are aimed, de facto, against the very possibility of people sustaining their lives on their own lands. “Lands that, in many cases,” Manna stresses, “have been expropriated by the Israeli state and are administered as Israeli settlements, nature reserves, military training areas, and other forms of ‘state land.’” The state here, indeed, continues usurping the power to decide “what is made extinct and what gets to live on; about who gets to decide the fate of these foraging traditions and the options that remain for those who don‘t.”

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To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) Guidebook English

To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) Guidebook English, is the guidebook to the moving image forum To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023), exhibited at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht 9 September–29 October 2023. This moving image forum is conceptualized by Olexii Kuchanskyi and Oleksiy Radynski and features films and videos by Roman Himey & Yarema Malashchuk, Lisa Hoffmann, Yuriy Hrytsyna, Dana Kavelina, Oksana Kazmina, Myro Klochko & Anatoliy Tatarenko, Zoya Laktionova & Tetiana Kornieieva, Vasyl (Tkachenko) Lyakh, Sashko Protyah, Andriy Rachinsky & Daniil Revkovsky, Mykola Ridnyi, ruїns collective, Anna Scherbyna & Valentyna Petrova, Mariya Stoyanova, and Oleksandr Surovtsov.