Congress

5-7 November 2009

1st FORMER WEST Congress

A detailed program and video recordings of all 1st FORMER WEST Congress contributions are available here.

Between 5 and 7 November 2009, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst hosts the 1st FORMER WEST Congress, which gathers some of the most influential curators, artists, theorists, and thinkers of the past two decades from the field of art. This is the first major public program of the long-term, multifaceted international research, education, publishing, and exhibition project FORMER WEST (2008–2016). The 1st FORMER WEST Congress begins mapping the artistic and theoretical developments surrounding the problematic of the “formerness” of the West, and charts the practices in art through which we can identify and engage with the post-1989 landscape and its impact on cultural production.

Participants: Claire Bishop (art critic, London/New York), Rosi Braidotti (director Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht), Thomas Boutoux (curator, Paris), Cosmin Costinas (curator BAK, Utrecht), Helmuth Draxler (curator, Stuttgart/Vienna), Charles Esche (director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Okwui Enwezor (curator, New York/San Francisco), Boris Groys (theorist, New York), Douglas Gordon (artist, Berlin), Paul Gilroy (sociologist, London), Jalal Toufic (artist, Istanbul), Christian Hoeller (editor, Vienna), Stefan Heidenreich (writer, Berlin), Tom Holert(art historian, Berlin/Vienna), Ana Longoni (art historian, Buenos Aires), Pablo Lafuente (managing editor Afterall, London), Sven Lütticken (art critic, Utrecht), Nuria Enguita-Mayo (curator, Valencia), Mihnea Mircan (curator, Bucharest), Sarat Maharaj (art historian, Lund), Marion von Osten (artist, Berlin/Vienna), Piotr Piotrowski (art historian, Poznan/Warsaw), David Riff (art critic, Moscow), Kathrin Rhomberg (curator, Berlin Biennial 6, Berlin), Kerstin Stakemeier (curator, Berlin), Renata Salecl (philosopher, Ljubljana/London), Simon Sheikh (curator, Berlin).

Venue: Ottone, Kromme Nieuwegracht 62, Utrecht.

For more information regarding FORMER WEST, see formerwest.org.

Suggestions from the archive

Education Program

29 June–16 July 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers a rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 29 June & 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16 July 2020.
This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked.

Education Program

8 June, 19.00–25 June, 21.00 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Open Call closed]

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

BAK Public Studies offers the new online course Art as Politics. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 June 2020, 19–21 hrs CET. [Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked].

13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

[WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

Come to BAK on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March for two public programs as part of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), a self-organized, international gathering of practitioners, scholars, and organizers from transdisciplinary realms of art and education. With, on the Friday, a conversation between Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, and Abbas Zahedi; and on the Saturday a screening and a lecture by Jihan El-Tahri. With introductions by Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova.

Gathering

7 March 2020, 20.00-23.00

BAK, basis voor Yallah Sabaya

Special International Women's Day edition

On Saturday 7 March 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a special International Women’s Day edition of Yallah Sabaya! Yallah Sabaya (“Come ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening where dance and music connect women from all over the world. All women, no matter where they are from, are welcome on […]