Education Program

21 June, 19.00–7 July, 21.00 2021

 

Course: Art as Politics

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*

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The sessions take place on the following Mondays and Wednesdays1921 hrs, via Zoom: 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 2021. 

We are happy to announce a new open call for BAK online course Art as Politics! 

Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, is prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that graspand intervene intothe presentThe course brings those involved and/or interested in art, theory, and social action into collective conversation with a focus on: the changing nature of artistic practices in the face of multiple and entwined crisescritical redefinitions of “publics,” institutional structuring, and art as envisioning and actualizing politics of “being together otherwise in— and in spite of—the impending and prolonged “age of pandemics.” 

Over six sessions, the participants engage in an in-depth analysis of concrete works of art and projects from within the BAK archive of practice, focusing on the historical period starting with the pivotal year 1989. The case studies and examples of artworks 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 asKader AttiaForensic Architecture, Jeanne van HeeswijkAernout Mik, Rabih Mroué, andJonas Staal, among others. The course takes a broad view on artistic production, institutions, and publics, and attempts to build a critical vocabulary through which to reshape understanding and practice of art in the face of present global challenges.  

The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director.  

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. 

Practical information 
Applications should be sent in via the form on the BAK website, click button “APPLY NOW” at the top. 

Deadline for Applications14 June 2021 
Fee Waiver Deadline for Applications7 June 2021  
DatesMondays and Wednesdays on 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 2021 
Time: 19–21 hrs 
LocationOnline via Zoom 
Language: English  
Fee: € 200 (individuals, incl. VAT) and € 350 (institutions, incl. VAT)2, to be paid before the start of the course. Participants are welcome to pay a larger fee in case they are willing and able to do so; BAK will match these additional funds and offer additional fee waivers to those unable to afford the course fee.  
Fee waiverBAK offers five scholarship positions, for which the participation fee will be waived. If you wish to apply for one of these positions, please check the box in the application form, and let us know why you are applying for a scholarship. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is 7 June 2021. 
Study material (reader): optional – € 15 plus shipping coststhe core reading material is included in the course fee and will be made available digitally. Check shipping cost/check shipping time (please note that due to Covid-19, shipping times can take longer: there is a risk you will not receive the reader in time for the start of the course). 

Please note: if we receive the maximum amount of applications we have to close the open call early. This will be indicated as soon as possible on our website; please check before sending in your application.  

Click here to view the terms and conditions. 
If you have any questions, you can contact us via [email protected]

BAK Public Studies 
BAK Public Studies offer critical insights into theoretical foundations and concrete actualizations of art as public practice. Understanding art in relation to both theory and social action, BAK Public Studies form a space for collective thinking, imagining, and acting in parallel to BAK’s politically-driven and theoretically-informed research, discourse, exhibitions, and publications.  

*  Credits image, l.–r. (all photographs taken at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht by Tom Janssen):
– Maria Hlavajova speaks during Propositions #10: Instituting Otherwise, 7 December 2019
– Forensic Architecture, M2 Hospital Bombing, 2017, installation view exhibition Forensic Justice
 – Matthijs de Bruijne: Compromiso Político, installation view with works by Matthijs de Bruijne, Jeremy Deller, and Piero Gilardi, 2018 
– Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT), Homebaked Co-operative Bakery, and Homegrown Collective in collaboration with Britt Jürgensen, URBED, and Jeanne van Heeswijk, Brick by Brick and Loaf by Loaf We Build Ourselves, 2019­, installation view Trainings for the Not-Yet

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Suggestions from the archive

Screening

24 June 2021

Fragments of Repair/Gathering V: The Object’s Interlacing

Taking place on Thursday 24 June 2021, the fifth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s The Object’s Interlacing (2020), followed by a conversation between Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosopher New York/Dakar) and Wayne Modest (material culture curator and researcher, Amsterdam/Rotterdam).

Exhibitionary

Lecture

3 June 2021, 18.30-20.00

FEINART Lecture: From Art Institution to Community Portal, by Maria Hlavajova

FEINART (The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art) is a PhD training network funded by the EU, in partnership with several universities and art spaces, amongst which BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. As part of the FEINART Lecture Series, BAK’s general and artistic director Maria Hlavajova presents […]

Discursive

21 May 2021, 15.00-17.00

The Postresearch Condition – EARN Conference Opening Program Redux

The annual EARN Conference was held at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 26–30 January 2021. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the opening program, a conversation between Peter Osborne and Hito Steyerl, had to be postponed. This event now takes place as a hybrid activity on 21 May 2021 in collaboration with UCL, […]