Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

An exhibition and public program with Forensic Architecture

Opening: 18 October 2018, 18.00

  • Installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Forensic Architecture, The Bombing of Rafah, Gaza, Palestine, 1 August 2014, 2015, opening exhibition Forensic Justice at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Forensic Architecture, Center for Contemporary Nature, 2016–ongoing, opening exhibition Forensic Justice at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • The project file for the investigation of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, a young Greek rapper who was killed by Golden Dawn (September 2013), consists of a synchronized mosaic of the audio and video material that was included in the court files. The patterns emerging within the file structure mirror the movement of actors within the scene as well as the visual and aural clues used for the synchronization.

  • Forensic Architecture, 77sqm_9:26min, 2017, installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Forensic Architecture, Investigation into the Murder of Pavlos Fyssas, 2018, opening exhibition Forensic Justice at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

From October 18, 2018 till January 27, 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht presents Forensic Justice, an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture.

Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects uses novel research and aesthetico-political practice to investigate abuses of human rights and, more broadly, the rights of nature. They provide critical evidence for international courts and work with a wide range of citizen-led activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, as well as with art institutions as significant public forums for distributing the investigations.

The exhibition Forensic Justice features a number of tactical forensic reclamations of social and ecological justice. Articulating evidence-based counter-narratives to dominant interpretations of investigated events, the installations mobilize what Forensic Architecture refers to as “public truth.” These mobilizations, as the exhibition proposes, can be understood as critical instances of “forensic justice.”

On a near bi-weekly basis, the public program Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods takes place to examine and expand upon the notions of “evidence” and “method” in the practice of Forensic Architecture in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops, co-curated by Nick Axel (architectural theorist and researcher, Amsterdam).

Forensic Architecture is nominated for the Turner Prize 2018. Earlier in 2018, the research agency was awarded the Princess Margriet Award for Culture by the European Culture Foundation, Amsterdam.

Please note: because of shocking footage in the exhibition, the exhibition is not suited for visitors younger than twelve years old.

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The project is part of the BAK research series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020).

BAK’s main partner in the field of education and research is HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht.

The lecture by Eyal Weizman and Christina Varvia taking place at the opening of the exhibition Forensic Justice has been organized in collaboration with the European Cultural Foundation, as part of their program highlighting the work of the 2018 laureates.

This project has been made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, the City Council, Utrecht, and the Mondriaan Fund.

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Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.

18 April 2019, 19.00-21.00

Special Viewing: Seven Addresses (2019)

Op 18 april 2019 om 19.00 uur is er bij Het Utrechts Archief een speciale openstelling van het werk Zeven adressen (2019) van kunstenaarsduo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen. De kunstenaars zijn deze avond aanwezig bij de tentoonstelling. Het werk is onderdeel van de tweedelige tentoonstelling The People Are the City, georganiseerd door BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in het Stadskantoor Utrecht (te zien t/m 2 mei 2019) en Het Utrechts Archief (te zien t/m 5 mei 2019).

Exhibition

30 March–05 May 2019

The People Are the City

The People Are the City is a two-part exhibition which takes place in the public areas of the Municipal Offices of the City of Utrecht and at The Utrecht Archives. The exhibition at the Utrecht City Office reflects on the extraordinary coming together of the people of Utrecht in the collective performance What Is the City but the People? on 15 September last year. The second part of the show, on display at The Utrecht Archives, presents the new work Seven Addresses (2019) by artists’ duo Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen.

Exhibition

31 October–31 December 2004

Cordially Invited, episode 3

Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

Exhibition

Lecture

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Lecture Program

12 November–17 December 2005

Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a dynamic, informal forum for reflection about what is behind the contemporary state of warfare. It is developed as an equal parallel to the exhibition Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality.