Seminar

2 November 2007

Projekt Migration

As stated in the introduction to Projekt Migration, a transdisciplinary project held in Cologne in 2002–2006, “without migration Germany and Europe would not exist in their historical and current form.” The project aims to demonstrate that the model of a nation-state based on the idea of homogeneity is no longer valid and, furthermore, that the constitution of Germany as well as Europe has only been possible with the participation of migrant subjects, whether they come as “guest (or contract) workers” or other. Critically examining the condition of migrant laborers and their struggles, their reflection on culture and their contributions to a nation’s historical development as well as the current policy toward migration, Projekt Migration’s complex of artistic, historical, and scientific approaches to research and (re)presentation envisages new models of citizenship and the post-nation-state, positing migration as a force for social movement and political agency. In times when the so-called West confronts the new flux of global migration in an outspokenly conservative and exclusionary manner, promoting migrants as “other” and insisting upon assimilation, Projekt Migrationcuratorial team members Marion von Osten and Kathrin Rhomberg revisit the project and consider the current public debates about migration as well as the role of these types of transdisciplinary projects in the generation of critical dialogue among various publics.

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Education Program

15 March–01 April 2021

Course: Art as Politics [rerun]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 March & 1 April 2021. 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.
Deadline applications: 3 March. Deadline feewaivers: 23 February.

Assembly and Public Forum

Collaboration and Open call

03 December 2020–30 January 2021

Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves

A collaborative open call by Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter, The Black Archives/New Urban Collective, Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL, Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, for artists and writers to manifest the Manifesting Systemic Change Through Creative Waves manifesto.

Conversation

16 December 2020, 19.00-21.00

Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care.