BAK Summer School 2017

17-21 July 2017

BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum

  • Learning Place, FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellation, Prospects, Berlijn, 18–24 March 2013, photo: Ernie Buts

The BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum is a collaborative and intensive learning week at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst from 17–21 July 2017, organized in partnership with Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) and Utrecht Summer School.

An advanced, interdisciplinary course designed for artists, curators, art theorists, academics, MA/MFA level or higher students, and professionals in the fields of art and social change, this summer school begins from the understanding that ours is a time of interregnum—a time of crisis and ongoing transition. Much in the sense of political thinker Antonio Gramsci’s understanding of crisis, these times are rife with a “great variety of morbid symptoms” as ruling structures prove, in their grasping at “coercive force,” to no longer be sustainable; “the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” As social, geopolitical, economic, and technological structures rapidly change, along with the unraveling legacies of western modernity, and with ongoing recompositions of class, global migration, and the endurability of the planet, so transform ideas, practices, and meanings of resistance, coming together, identity, activist and artistic practice, and collectivity and closeness—as well as the notions of artistic production, the (art) institution, and the public. How, then, does art relate to a contemporary as such? How to think art under such circumstances, and how to think about the contemporary with and through art in order to build space for envisioning ways of being together otherwise?

The BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Concepts of the precariat, the challenges of contemporary fascisms, contemporary constructions of “we,” the posthuman, the Anthropocene, etc. are discussed with a thematic inquiry into forms of artistic expression relevant to contemporary destabilizations.

In order to address these questions, the summer school draws upon BAK research conducted within two interrelated projects, FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2013–2016). The former develops a critical understanding of the legacies of 1989’s radical resistance to power in order to reevaluate the global present and speculate about global futures. The latter attempts to act out concrete propositions that explore shifts in the existing conceptual vocabularies within artistic, intellectual, and activist practices. Artists, curators, activists, and theorists will convene workshops, presentations, study groups, screenings, and lectures.

The summer school takes place from 17–21 July 2017 at BAK in Utrecht, Netherlands. Applications can be submitted via the Utrecht Summer School website by 15 June 2017. The fee for the course and materials, to be paid upon acceptance, is €450. Accommodation by the Utrecht Summer School is an additional €200, for which you can sign up during your application process. Fees exclude meals and travel.

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Guided Tour

Guided Tour

5 April 2018, 18.00-21.00

Evening Tours of Matthijs de Bruijne: Compromiso Político

On the evening of Thursday 5 April 2018, BAK opens its doors and the exhibition Matthijs de Bruijne: Compromiso Político, also with works by Jeremy Deller, Piero Gilardi, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles (on view until 15 April 2018). A guided tour of the exhibition is given by both the curator of the exhibition, Matteo Lucchetti, and artist and 2017/2018 BAK Fellow Matthijs de Bruijne.

Screening

Screening

Performative Conference

30 June, 16.00–1 July, 00.00 2018

Propositions #6: The Temporary Institute for the Contemporary

Propositions #6: The Temporary Institute for the Contemporary marks the culmination of a vibrant and inspiring 2017/2018 pilot year of the BAK Fellowship Program. Through conversations, readings, and performances, the BAK Fellows share insights into their respective artistic research itineraries, as well as their common “collective dictionary” project.

Performance

Workshop

Performative conference

25 November 2017

Propositions #2: Assemblism

Propositions #2: Assemblism is a day-long gathering that addresses the current rise of the new authoritarian world order, and the millions of bodies that have gathered in resistance in liberated autonomous zones, occupied buildings, city squares, prisons, and cultural spaces to collectively enact a different demand for egalitarian society.

Talks and conversations

Performative Conference

Performative conference