About

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

Mission

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a base for art, theory, and social action. BAK is committed to the notion of art as a public sphere and a political space, and provides a critical platform for aesthetico-political experiments with and through art. BAK brings together artists, thinkers, and other members of the precarious classes to imagine and enact transformative ways of being together otherwise.

Who we are

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a leading international platform for theoretically-informed, politically-driven art and experimental research. Based in Utrecht, BAK addresses the social, ideological, and environmental urgencies of the present by combining public programming and exhibition-making with research, learning, and talent development. Working with communities involved in arts, activisms, and academia—and bringing artists, scholars, and other members of the precarious classes together—BAK cultivates art as a public sphere and a space for aesthetico-political experiments.

BAK’s current long-term program Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020) is prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of historical and contemporary fascisms in our present, and advocates art as imagining and enacting ways of “being together otherwise.” Beside its public programs, BAK hosts a Fellowship Program and a new publishing series called Basics as part of a living archive of publishing projects.

Since its inception in 2000, BAK has systematically engaged in developing and testing institutional models to best accommodate and further shape the dynamically evolving fields of discursively and politically committed arts and their processes. This key element of BAK’s praxis, of instituting otherwise, has been one of synchronizing the thematics of public programming with the practice of the institution in terms of formatting events (beyond [mere] exhibitions), apportioning the institution’s resources (of knowledge, time, space, people, finances, etc.), and establishing its “social business plan.”

In September 2017, after seventeen years at Lange Nieuwstraat 4, BAK has moved to a new venue at Pauwstraat 13a, Utrecht. As we repurpose the building into a multi-functional site for the contemporary, BAK’s projects temporarily take place between the renovation stages; experiencing the gradual transformation of the former RASA Centre for World Cultures with the public. Developed with architecture studio Goldsmith, the venue is re-envisioned with ideas of openness, hospitality, flexibility, mobility, humbleness, and sustainability. The site will accommodate the hybrid, multi-layered institutional practices of BAK—including exhibitions, performances, screenings, conferences, workshops, and educational activities—and will offer a base for collective explorations of the art institution as a site of assembly, of being together otherwise.

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

Contact

Address

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Pauwstraat 13A
NL-3512 TG Utrecht

Opening of Matthijs de Bruijne: Compromiso Político, 10 February 2018. Photo: Tom Janssen

Annual reports

BAK annual reports are currently only available in Dutch. 
2018 2016 2015 2014

Jonas Staal, New World Summit #6, 2016. Photo: Ernie Buts

Team

Team

Maria Hlavajova

General & Artistic Director

Eva Postema

Executive Director

Irene Calabuch Mirón

Discourse & Public Program

Whitney Stark

Research & Fellowship Program

Hidde van Greuningen

Head of Public Practice

Sanne Karssenberg

Project Coordination

Thomas Orbon

Production

Steffie Maas

Production

Olga Leonhard

Communication

Julia Geerlings

Project Assistance Communication

Jolijt Bosch

Education

Jo-Anneke van der Molen

Education (currently on leave)

Lise Hermans

Office & Production

Ine van Leeuwen

Office & Production (currently on leave)

Niels van Mil

Finances & Administration

Alfredo Alejandro Navarrete Cortés

Office Assistance

Lisanne van Vucht

Fundraising & Rentals

Daniel Lodeweges

Building Management & Technique

Jun Saturay

Building Management & Technique

Julia Alting, Anouk van Amsterdam, Liesa van Dyck, Elisabeth Kollen, Anita Nanasi, Anita Schuurman, Nina Spa, Anna van Stuivenberg

Hosting

SUPERVISORY BOARD

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a non-profit organization with a supervisory board. The membership of the Supervisory Board of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is as follows:

Nancy Jouwe

Chairwoman

Frans-Willem Korsten

Martyn Top

Kitty Zijlmans

Katherine Watson

Schedule of appointment and resignation (Rooster van aantreden en aftreden), in Dutch (PDF)

ADVISORY BOARD

Dirk Jan Blikkendaal

Annelies van der Horst

Both the management of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and the Supervisory Board comply with the Cultural Governance Code.

SENIOR RESEARCH ADVISORS

Rosi Braidotti

Sven Lütticken

VACANCIES

Currently BAK, basis voor actuele kunst does not have any open vacancies. We sometimes accept internship requests, for this you can send us an e-mail via [email protected]