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 The project aims to demonstrate that the model of a nation-state based on the idea of homogeneity is no longer valid and, furthermore, that the constitution of Germany as well as Europe has only been possible with the participation of migrant subjects, whether they come as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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Exhibition

31 October–31 December 2004

Cordially Invited, episode 3

Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

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Lecture Program

12 November–17 December 2005

Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a dynamic, informal forum for reflection about what is behind the contemporary state of warfare. It is developed as an equal parallel to the exhibition Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality.

Summer School

22-26 July 2019

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics brings together those involved in arts, academia, and social action to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019.

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Education Program

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director.