Exhibition

01 October–24 December 2006

Aernout Mik: Raw Footage/Scapegoats

Aernout Mik, Raw Footage, 2006, video stills (images from found documentary material), courtesy Reuters & ITN (ITN Source)

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents Raw Footage/Scapegoats, a solo exhibition by Dutch artist Aernout Mik on the experience and depiction of war, and how normality and extremity are interwoven in wartime situations.

In Raw Footage, a two-channel video installation, Mik works with documentary footage for the first time. The installation is made of raw, unedited images of the war in former Yugoslavia, which the artist unearthed after searching for months in the media archives of Reuters and Independent Television News (ITN). In search of other layers of reality, Mik focuses his attention on the war in former Yugoslavia with the aim of subverting the superficial, yet paradoxically spectacular imagery of war we know from mass media. The video installation Scapegoats, on the other hand, is a fiction staged by the artist questioning the contemporary condition in which waging war is a devastating yet ever present feature. The video seems to show a wartime conflict taking place in Western Europe. Groups of soldiers, prisoners, and armed civilians are involved in a continuous power struggle, in which the role of victim and oppressor constantly shifts.

Raw Footage/Scapegoats is produced by the artist and BAK. The project and exhibition are the outcome of a long-term collaboration with the artist. Raw Footage/Scapegoats is realized in partnership with Treaty of Utrecht and is presented within the framework of its multi-part project Kunst in Oorlog.

Program

lecture
31.10.2006
Ralph Rugoff

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Education Program

26 October–30 November 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 26 October & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 November 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.

Exhibition

30 September–11 October 2020

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show: If Not Now

From 30 September–11 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts If Not Now, the graduation exhibition of the 2018−2020 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, curated by Katia Krupennikova.