Education Program

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

A six-week course on the relations between contemporary art and the political

Forensic Justice, exhibition by Forensic Architecture, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

Please note: registrations for this course are closed.

From 11 March until 15 April 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 zooms in on the historical period starting with the pivotal year 1989 to today. The sessions are based on an in-depth analysis of concrete works of art, supported by readings of texts on contemporary art and its intrinsic links to present-day society and politics.

The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. The case studies and examples of art works are mainly from BAK’s renowned international projects Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), Former West (2008–2016), and Future Vocabularies (2013–2016), and include works by artists such as Tania Bruguera, Matthijs de Bruijne, Forensic Architecture, Aernout Mik, Rabih Mroué, Christoph Schlingensief, Jonas Staal, Hito Steyerl, and others.

Each sequence of the course provides clear insights into selected artistic practices in order to highlight larger trends and developments in the contemporary art field. The course addresses the changing understanding of artistic production today, as well as of the notion of the public and art institutions. Simultaneously, the course helps participants to familiarize themselves with main concepts and the most urgent questions at the heart of art and politics.

Participating in the course is open to all concerned with the question as to what art can do in times like ours. Prior knowledge or experience in the subject matter is not required.

Language: English
Dates: Monday 11, 18, and 25 March, and 1, 8, and 15 April 2019
Time: 19.30–21.30 hrs
Venue: BAK, Pauwstraat 13a, Utrecht
Price: € 250 (to be paid before the start of the course, registration for the course is only final after the payment has been received)
Study material (reader): € 15

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