Book Launch

19 June 2022, 17.00-19.00


Book Launch of Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice (Berlin)

Cover design based on a diagram narrating Freehouse Radicalizing the Local, 2008—ongoing, initiated by Jeanne van Heeswijk, and presented as a learning object during Trainings for the Not-Yet, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019—2020

Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice (2021, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and MIT Press)

Date: 19 June 2022
Time: 17–19 hrs
Place: Hopscotch Reading Room, Kurfürstenstraße 14/Haus B, 10785 Berlin, Germany 

The new publication Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice combines a handbook, dictionary, and anthology, and gathers artistic and cultural practices that are propositional, collective, and yearning for a just life-in-common through the chronopolitics of the “not-yet.”

In this event, two of the publication’s editors, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Rachael Rakes, and contributor Clara Balaguer frame the book within the politics of the not-yet, as well as read extracts and discuss the multiple practices and strategies within. Asserting imagination-as-practice and powered by a commitment to anti-colonial forms of futurity, the contributors—among them artists, scholars, activists, poets, writers, and organizers—reflect on and model ways of practicing equitable life. The book is divided into five thematic sections—”Learning Otherwise,” “Radicalizing the Local,” “Deep Listening,” “Creating Sanctuary,” and “Becoming Collective”—each of which includes interrelated visual contributions, interviews, exercises, essays, and propositions.  

Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice, edited by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, and Rachael Rakes, includes contributions by: Yasmin Ahmed, Grace Lostia, Ying Que, and the basic activist kitchen; Barby Asante; Athena Athanasiou; Clara Balaguer and Gabriel Fontana; Chloë Bass; Aimee Carrillo Rowe; Carolina Caycedo; Merve Bedir; Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips); Dhanveer Singh Brar and Louis Moreno; David Bravo, Miguel Robles-Durán, and Urban Front; Allan deSouza; Nicoline van Harskamp; Adelita Husni-Bey; Rosalba Icaza; Walidah Imarisha; Hamada al-Joumah and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh; Nancy Jouwe; Elke Krasny; Sandra Lange; Joy Mariama Smith; Francesca Masoero and QANAT; Lorenza Mondada; Lisa Myers; Carmen Papalia; Elizabeth A. Povinelli; Laura Raicovich; Hafiz Rancajale; Jonas Staal; Ultra-red; Françoise Vergès; We are Here; and Carol Zou. 

Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice is also available online at:

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