Long-Term Project

2017–ONGOING

Propositions for Non-Fascist Living

  • Installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Ariel Caine presenting during Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #7: Evidentiary Methods (Propositions #7/6: Archive), in the framework of the exhibition Forensic Justice by Forensic Architecture, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 24 January 2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • What Is the City but the People?, Utrecht, 15 September 2018, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Quinsy Gario with Jörgen Gario, Gloria Holwerda-Williams, and Shaka Jean-David, …; Speaking of Borders, performative conversation during Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #6: The Temporary Institute for the Contemporary at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht on 30 June 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Liz Magic Laser, Primal Speech, 2016, exhibition First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony, and Anger at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Otobon Nkanga during Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #5: First Person Plural, in collaboration with Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, and in the context of the exhibition First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony, and Anger at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 19 May 2018, photo: Werner Strouven

  • Angela Dimitrakaki and iLiana Fokianaki during Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #4: Unpacking Aesthetics and the Far-Right at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 17 March 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Installation exhibition Matthijs de Bruijne: Compromiso Político at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Matthijs de Bruijne and Femke Kaulingfreks in conversation with Graciela Carnevale during Propositions for Non-Fascist Living#3: Art as Commitment, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 10 February 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Jonas Staal presenting during Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #2: Assemblism, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 25 November 2017, photo: Ernie Buts

  • Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischiefs (Working Title), 2017, Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #1: What We Mean, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 7 October 2017, photo: Tom Janssen

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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