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

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.