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.

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Screening

18 November 2019, 18.00-20.45

Taste Before You Waste: Screening Wasted Waste

The Basic Activist Kitchen X Taste Before You Waste

Taste Before You Waste takes over the Basic Activist Kitchen, inviting you to soup and a screening on Monday 18 November. This program is part of Trainings for the Not-Yet at BAK. Facebook event Film screening: Wasted Waste by Pedro SerraIn his documentary Wasted Waste, Pedro Serra follows a group of freegans in their daily […]

7-10 November 2019

Le Guess Who? at BAK

This year, BAK is one of the festival locations of Le Guess Who?: a festival dedicated to showcasing boundary-crossing music from all over the world, questioning the existing and embraces the unknown. Le Guess Who? 2019 takes place from 7-10 November in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During four days, Le Guess Who? takes over the entire […]

Public program