Education Program

18-22 August 2014

Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation

Running from 18 August till 22 August 2014, this is an intensive summer course convened and taught by Prof. Rosi Braidotti and an interdisciplinary team of co-teachers, including Dr. Iris van der Tuin and Maria Hlavajova.

The intensive course Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation explores critical theory in the tradition of Continental philosophy, with special reference to the works of philosophers Gilles Deleuze, Luce Irigaray, Henri Bergson, and Rosi Braidotti. The course offers an introduction to contemporary critical debates on the function of “the negative” in the construction of subjects and of their epistemic and ethical values. Starting from an assumption that we are in the midst a “posthuman turn,” the course explores different aspects of posthuman subjectivity and stresses the productive potential of the posthuman condition, advocating for the politics of affirmation.

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).

Education Program

21 June–07 July 2021

Course: Art as Politics

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 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.

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 […]