Panel Discussion

29 November 2007

The Netherlands, for example

Citizens and Subjects: The Netherlands, for example is a critical reader with contributions by artists, philosophers, and social scientists based in the Netherlands. In texts and conversations, they engage with the sentiments of fear and other key issues that define the current atmosphere of anxiety in the West, exploring in-depth the Netherlands as an “example.” Immigration, the colonial past, the normalization of violence and new image wars, as well as issues of cultural citizenship and the place of art vis-à-vis these concerns are debated in order to explore the potential for emancipatory thinking in the fields of scholarship and artistic practice today. The critical reader is published instead of a (promotional) catalogue that would traditionally accompany an exhibition in a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Alongside Aernout Mik’s video and architectural installation in the Dutch Pavilion and this series of lectures and seminars, the critical reader is one of three equal, interconnected yet autonomous parts of the entire project. In an increasingly privatized world in which artistic and cultural production are frequently showcased in the service of late capitalism and neoliberal goals, Citizens and Subjects insists on an art that is public and engaged with the world. Here, art can be understood as a site where larger networks of cultural, political, and social discourse intersect, thus creating new possibilities—a site where ideals that could potentially counterbalance problematic developments in the public sphere can be reimagined.

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Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” 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. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.

Education Program

8-29 October 2019

Course: Instituting Otherwise (BAK Public Studies)

Part of BAK Public Studies, the course Instituting Otherwise, which takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 8–29 October 2019, focuses on the possibilities of the (art) institution within and in spite of the current political predicament. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 2 October 2019.

Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.