Learning

11 September–30 November 2007

Experimental Curating in the Age of Mobility

As part of the Dutch contribution to the 52nd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2007, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Utrecht University initiate a new master course in Experimental Curating in the Age of Mobility. The course consists of the following three parts: eight introductory seminars, a series of (public) lectures organized by BAK and Studium Generale, Utrecht University and follow-up seminars at BAK and Van Abbemuseum. This course, a pilot project with ambitions for a long collaboration between BAK and Utrecht University, aims to connect a space for contemporary art to an institution of higher learning and vice versa, to offer the academic world a vista into the world of cultural practice that is firmly embedded in critical theoretical thinking.

The course is part of the ‘extension’ of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It is envisioned as a platform for debating and discussing issues related to contemporary art and other disciplines by means of discussion groups, seminars, lectures and conversations. Contemporary art here is 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 re-imagined.

Introductory seminars take students from a basic introduction into the principles of curating artistic projects that deal with social and political issues. Examples of such curatorial practice are considered, with particular focus on discursive models of public engagement and the relation between the public art space and democratic models or possibilities. The institutions of the museum and ‘kunsthal’ are scrutinized to examine their potential today. This introduction is followed by more specific analysis of two particular case studies – Citizens and Subjects, the Dutch contribution to the 52nd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia and Be[com]ing Dutch, a current project organized by Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

Maria Hlavajova, artistic director, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Charles Esche, director, Van Abbemuseum, lead the seminars and are joined by other curators and artists from the Netherlands and beyond. These include: Bart de Baere (director, MuHKA), Will Bradley (writer and curator), Annie Fletcher (critic and curator), Teresa Gleadowe (writer and curator), Aernout Mik (artist) and Mario Rizzi (artist). Participating students are asked to sketch out their own curatorial project and present their ideas in the eighth seminar. Dates: every Tuesday from 11 September till 30 October 2007, 15.15–18.00 hrs, Utrecht University.

Participating students are expected to attend the (public) lectures within the series Citizens and Subjects: Practices and Debates, organized by BAK and Studium Generale, Utrecht University in collaboration with the Treaty of Utrecht. The keynote lectures are delivered by scholars, artists and curators engaged with issues such as citizenship, immigration, the religious concerns of today’s society and the fear stemming from these issues in the contemporary social and political context of the West. Speakers include: Zygmunt Bauman (sociologist), Rosi Braidotti (philosopher), James Kennedy (historian), Aernout Mik (artist), Paul Schnabel (sociologist) and Tariq Ramadan (Muslim scholar and activist). Dates: 25 October, 1 November, 8 November, 15 November, 22 November, 23 November 2007, 20.00 hrs, Utrecht University Aula.

Finally, students attend follow-up seminars organized after the keynote lectures. In a group with invited participants from the field of art, concrete projects and issues are analysed in detail in an animated discussion group. Among those invited to present their projects and ideas are Kathrin Rhomberg (curator), Marion von Osten (artist/writer/curator), Thomas Hirschhorn (artist), Rutger Pontzen (art critic and writer) and others. Dates: 26 October, 2 November and 9 November 2007 at BAK, Utrecht, 16.00 hrs and 16 November and 30 November 2007 at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 11 hrs.

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29 June–16 July 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers a rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 29 June & 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16 July 2020.
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. Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked.

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8 June, 19.00–25 June, 21.00 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Open Call closed]

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

BAK Public Studies offers the new online course Art as Politics. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies 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.

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 June 2020, 19–21 hrs CET. [Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked].

13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

[WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

Come to BAK on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March for two public programs as part of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), a self-organized, international gathering of practitioners, scholars, and organizers from transdisciplinary realms of art and education. With, on the Friday, a conversation between Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, and Abbas Zahedi; and on the Saturday a screening and a lecture by Jihan El-Tahri. With introductions by Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova.

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7 March 2020, 20.00-23.00

BAK, basis voor Yallah Sabaya

Special International Women's Day edition

On Saturday 7 March 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a special International Women’s Day edition of Yallah Sabaya! Yallah Sabaya (“Come ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening where dance and music connect women from all over the world. All women, no matter where they are from, are welcome on […]