Education Program

23 October–27 November 2018

Course Art and Politics

A six-week course on the relations between contemporary art and the political

Photo: Tom Janssen

Opening times

Tue 23 Oct 2018: 19:00 - 21:00
Tue 30 Oct 2018: 19:00 - 21:00
Tue 6 Nov 2018: 19:00 - 21:00
Tue 13 Nov 2018: 19:00 - 21:00
Tue 20 Nov 2018: 19:00 - 21:00
Tue 27 Nov 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

“Art and Politics” is an inaugural course of a new public school for art and politics organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht. In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course zooms in on the historical period starting with the pivotal year 1989 to today. The sessions are based on an in-depth analysis of concrete works of art, supported by readings of texts on contemporary art and its intrinsic links to present-day society and politics.

The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. The case studies and examples of art works are mainly from BAK’s renowned international projects Former West (2008–2016), Future Vocabularies (2013–2016), and Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), and from artists such as Tania Bruguera, Matthijs de Bruijne, Forensic Architecture, Aernout Mik, Rabih Mroué, Christoph Schlingensief, Jonas Staal, Hito Steyerl, and others.

Each sequence of the course provides clear insights into selected artistic practices in order to highlight larger trends and developments in the contemporary art field and the changing understanding of artistic production today, as well as of the notion of the public and art institutions. Simultaneously, the course helps participants to familiarize themselves with main concepts and the most urgent questions at the heart of art and politics.

Participating in the course is open to all concerned with the question as to what can art do in times like ours. Prior knowledge or experience in the subject matter is not required. Language: English

To apply, please send a brief motivation letter and biography (including address, postal code, and place of residence) to Steffie Maas: [email protected] before 25 September 2018.

Dates: 23 and 30 October, and 6, 13, 20, and 27 November 2018

Time: 19–21 hrs

Venue: BAK, Pauwstraat 13a, Utrecht

Price: € 250 (to be paid by 10 October 2018)

Suggestions from the archive

Discursive

18 October 2018–24 January 2019

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020)—expands upon the notion of forensic justice in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops on methodologies for articulating claims within the multidimensional space of aesthetics, law, architecture, politics, and ecology.

Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

Forensic Justice is an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects.

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Exhibition

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Lecture Program

Discursive, Exhibition, Publication

11 January–01 March 2009

The Return of Religion and Other Myths

The Return of Religion and Other Myths is a large-scale multifaceted project, consisting of the exhibition The Art of Iconoclasm, a discourse program taking place in early 2009 titled On Post-Secularism, and the publication of a BAK Critical Reader on the subject in 2009. The project explores the popular assumption of the return of religion to the public sphere, contemporary politics, and the media in the West as a constitutive “myth.”

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Learning

10 February–31 March 2009

Curating (Beyond) Exhibitions: Critical Curatorial Practices and Contemporary Society

Master course organized by Utrecht University and BAK. The course, structured as a series of lectures and seminars, explores the dynamic field of curating vis-ŕ-vis the challenges that artistic and intellectual practices are presented with by contemporary society, and takes the year 1989—which marks the end of the Cold War—as a starting point from which to explore the practice of curating.