Exhibition

31 August–09 October 2013

FORMER WEST: Notes from Berlin

Notes from Berlin, exhibition view

With this makeshift, impromptu composition of artworks and discourse, we share with our Utrecht publics a series of spontaneously assembled impressions—notes as it were—from a major manifestation of BAK’s flagship project FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, realized earlier in 2013 in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Neither an exhibition nor a conference, it entails no order, but rhythms and accidents; no certainty, but a set of propositions; no script, but an invitation to imagine a “what if” scenario—and, with it, the world otherwise…

FORMER WEST (2008–2016) is a long-term research, education, exhibition, and publication project aimed at a critical reinterpretation of post-1989, post-Cold War histories around an imaginary of “formerness,” countering the persistent hegemonies of the so-called West within a global context. In an attempt to alter the narrative of our own time, and reclaim from there the future as a field of possibility, FORMER WEST enables a continuous flow of manifold conversations among artists, theorists, students, activists, and other varied publics.

Suggestions from the archive

Public program

Education Program

22 March, 18.30–5 April, 21.00 2022

Course: Art as Politics – Fundraiser for Ukraine

An online course that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director. Accepting applications until 20 March 2022.

Education Program

8 February, 18.30–8 March, 21.00 2022

Course: Art as Politics – February/March 2022

An online course that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director. Accepting applications until 23 January 2022.

Public program