Long-Term Project


Propositions for Non-Fascist Living

  • Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischiefs (Working Title), 2017. Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Karrabing Film Collective, Wutharr: Saltwater Dreams, 2015, film still

  • Aernout Mik, Untitled, 2013, photo of performance that took place at FORMER WEST

  • Studio Jonas Staal and DiEM25, New Unions: DiEM25, Athens, 2017, Yanis Varoufakis lectures in the New Unions: DiEM25, Athens installation in the Sporting Basket Arena, Athens. Photo: Jonas Staal

  • Matthijs de Bruijne, Migrant Domestic Workers FNV demonstration: 100.000 families trust us, Amsterdam, 2013, photograph. Photo: Matthijs de Bruijne

Over the next four years, BAK unfolds its long-term research itinerary Propositions for Non-Fascist Living. Prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of fascisms, historical and contemporary, and inspired by philosopher Michel Foucault, BAK develops and gathers propositions for an “art of living counter to all forms of fascism, whether already present or impending,”1 including “the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.”2

Through its exhibitionary, discursive, and performative facets, Propositions for Non-Fascist Living attempts to articulate and inhabit methods of de-individualized living; methods in which multiplicity and difference enact relations other than those enamored with power and hierarchy, endeavoring to both articulate and inhabit options of being together otherwise.

1 Michel Foucault, preface to Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (London: Continuum, [1984] 2004), p. xv.
2 Ibid., pp. xiv–xv.

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