Lecture Program

13 November 2008, 20.00

Experimental Repetitions: The Art of Re-enactment

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst hosts a series of presentations, screenings, and discussions with artists and writers Rod Dickinson, Steve Rushton, and Michael Uwemedimo titled Experimental Repetitions: The Art of Re-enactment.

Over the course of the evening, Dickinson, Rushton, and Uwemedimo explore the turn to re-enactment in contemporary art practice over the last decade or so through a mixture of presentations, screenings of works, and active discussion. The “experimental impulse” artists have exhibited in restaging and recording social experiments (as seen, for example, in the work of Artur Żmijewski), protests, traumatic events, and rituals of communality—as well as other artworks themselves—is considered via questions of autonomy, repetition, the generation of knowledge, as well as the relationship of these practices to memory, forgetting, and the establishment of identity. What experimental formal, methodological, and philosophical approaches can forms of re-enactment take? Do such practices allow for moments of “counter-staging” in which a critique of the spectacular use of images and events is possible?

Rod Dickinson is an artist and writer, and is currently a guest of BAK’s Research-in-Residence (RIR) program. His work Greenwich Degree Zero (with Tom McCarthy) will be on view in the upcoming exhibition The Art of Iconoclasm, part of BAK’s three-part project The Return of Religion and Other Myths, 30.11.2008–01.03.2009. Steve Rushton is a writer, editor, and curator who currently teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Michael Uwemedimo is an artist, curator, and writer who was a guest of BAK’s RIR program earlier this year.

Over the course of the evening, Rod Dickinson (RIR guest), Steve Rushton, and Michael Uwemedimo (RIR guest) explore the turn to re-enactment in contemporary art practice over the last decade or so through a mixture of presentations, screenings of works, and active discussion. During this evening a try-out of the performance Who, What, Where, When, Why and How (2009), a work in progress by Rod Dickinson and Steve Rushton was performed by Bert Wagenar van Kreveld and Daniel Popa. The final version of the performance was on view at SMART Project Space in Amsterdam on 11 July 2009.

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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.