Learning

10 February–31 March 2009

Curating (Beyond) Exhibitions: Critical Curatorial Practices and Contemporary Society

The Gender Programme and the Department of Art Management and Policy at Utrecht University, together with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and The Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, are pleased to announce a master course Curating (Beyond) Exhibitions: Critical Curatorial Practices and Contemporary Society. The course, structured as a series of lectures and seminars, explores the dynamic field of curating vis-ŕ-vis the challenges that artistic and intellectual practices are presented with by contemporary society, and takes the year 1989—which marks the end of the Cold War—as a starting point from which to explore the practice of curating.

This course is designed both for university students and for people outside academia, such as professionals in the fields of art and curators early in their careers. We welcome students on all levels, although BA students are required to demonstrate their affinity with the subject.

Curating (Beyond) Exhibitions is taught by Maria Hlavajova, artistic director of BAK, who is joined by curators and artists from the Netherlands and abroad. Seminars are led by dr. Marta Zarzycka, lecturer in the Gender Programme and Department of Art Management and Policy at UU. Over the course of eight lectures and eight seminars, the principles of curating artistic projects addressing social and political issues—in particular feminism and gender issues—are considered. Attention is paid to discursive models of public engagement and the relation between the public art space and democratic models or possibilities. Specific approaches and projects, as well as various types of institutions, are discussed.

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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.