Exhibition

4-18 July 2019

Futures Without…

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show with daily performances

Opening: 4 July 2019, 18.00

  • Tammie Kang, time to times, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Katja Prins, Becoming Without Being Present, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Manuela Viezzer, Seulement (pour) les Animots, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Nandini Hasija, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Ganesh Nepal, This Man Who is Called Man, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Ana Flores, On Environmental Illusion, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Shuxi Wang, Wandering in the Landscapes, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Dan Armand Stancu, The Essent, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Filippo G. Iannone, Tribute to Mountain Fuji, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Ziyu Yiang, , Ecosystem, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of..., 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Ioannis Kouzapas, , Mosquito ex Machina, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Manju Sharma, Here and There, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Gilly van Zanten, Render Movement, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

  • Ana Linhares, On Constellations: Reading Through the Gaps, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt

From 4–18 July 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst hosts the HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show Futures Without… The opening takes place on Thursday 4 July 2019 from 18 until 21 hrs.

Throughout this academic year, the students and curator Katia Krupennikova not only discussed their work individually, but also met as a group to collectively engage in the process of making this exhibition. They started from abstract questions such as “Who has power to exhibit or to deny visibility?”, “What is the role of the artist and the curator in the process of making an exhibition?” and “What is the role of the artist in society?” They continued on to practical matters: the title of the show and its general organization. In the process of creating this exhibition, group feedback sessions and discussions played a key role.

Futures Without… synthesizes and emphasizes the group’s search for common ground, beyond merely sharing time and space within the institutional framework of an art school education. Every artist in this exhibition is a bright and devoted individual whose work is inspired by personal research interests, zooming in on the social, political and cultural constructs that surround them. Abstract or concrete, external or internal, political or intuitive, social or personal, physical or mental, spatial or temporal—all the works in the show imagine what the world could potentially look in the future, depending on how the past is remembered and how the present is acted upon.

The artists question what social, political and historical constructions and perspectives are pertinent to reimagine. What difference would it make, and for whom, if an object, concept, perspective, or living being were to be forgotten, dropped, extinct, dead, invisible, disregarded, or brought to the front, made visible, cared for, healed, accepted, gained subjectivity, given solidarity, collectively defended?

When this exhibition ends, its participants will continue their artistic paths on their own, going through a very palpable transition into what from today’s perspective is seen as the future. Future is in fact happening right now. Graduating as a visual artist today means taking an individual responsibility for the present, and therefore also for the future. Acting in alliance with other active and responsible members of society, an artist is empowered to influence the status quo. Through critical thinking, imagining or actively engaging with political and social realities, art has the potential to determine what kind of future we will live in, and who constitutes that “we”.

With contributions by: Ana Flores, Nandini Hasija, Filippo Giuseppe Iannone, Ziyu Jiang, Tammie Kang, Tatiana Kolganova, Ioannis Kouzapas, Ana Linhares, Ganesh Nepal, Katja Prins, Manju Sharma, Dan Armand Stancu, Manuela Viezzer, Shuxi Wang, and Gilly van Zanten.

Curated by Katia Krupennikova

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

Events

Every day, throughout the course of the exhibition, the participants of Futures Without… welcome you to a varied program of performances, readings, games and concerts. Please find more information and a detailed events schedule below.

Tammie Kang, time to times, 2019, performance with video projection, 15 min.
This performance revolves around the notion of time and the artist’s memories of her grandfather. Starting off by reading sentences from David Eagleman’s Sum, Kang aims to create an immersive space where different perceptions of time can be imagined. The performance presents a different kind of intimacy through storytelling and through the exploration of time as presented in the video projection.

Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 2019, participatory performance, 20 min.
How do we humans feel, perceive and understand our position within the natural environment? Are we external observers or are we part of that which we try to understand? This performance explores our everyday surroundings from different perspectives, opening up the possibility of experiencing reality in different ways.

Ana Linhares, On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps, 2019, 20 min.
This performance revolves around a collection of objects owned by members of a diplomat family who worked and traveled within former Portuguese colonies at the beginning of the twentieth century. Ana Linhares deconstructs this material and relating family narratives in search of alternative readings, interpretations and understandings of power relations.

Ganesh Nepal, This Man Who Is Called Man, 2019, 20 min.
In this performance, the artist will produce raw bricks with an original brick mold used in housing projects in Nepal. Whilst his hands are forming the bricks, Nepal will speak about migrant workers in their own words, describing migrants’ hidden emotions and the relationships that were broken in order to find work and survive. To stay true to their stories, Ganesh Nepal will speak in his native language, Nepali.

Manju Sharma, Please keep me with you at all times, 2019, reading-performance, 30 min.
This performance is based on the artist’s written work Citizens of Elsewhere. Sharma will perform the first pages from Part IV in dialogue with her suitcase sound installation. Reading the text out loud allows the artist to engage with the audience through storytelling. The sound installation interrupts the reading, mirroring current tensions in the ethno-geographical political environment in the UK. 

Manuela Viezzer, Promise Me, 2018, game and participatory performance, 30 min.
Promise Me is a sculptural object that is also a game. During the performance, the game will be played by the artist and the audience. The players are invited to make a promise to perform a certain behavior in the near future that involves their eating habits. 

Gilly van Zanten, Render Movement, 2019, performance and sound piece, 20 min.
On 4 July 2019, Gilly van Zanten will render and carry out the movement of his artworks: their place, their presence, their state of being and their transformation. Along with these acts, he will perform a sound piece, which will be assembled by clarinet and keys (a modular synthesizer and Hammond organ). 

Additionally, Van Zanten welcomes everyone to join a musical intervention on Friday 5 July 2019 and on Wednesday 10 July 2019 between 15.30 hrs and 19.00 hrs and to improvise together with The Im-provisation Group Amsterdam.

Schedule

Thursday 4 July 2019 (opening 18.0021.00 hrs)

18.00 Doors open
18.30 Introduction speeches by Annette Krauss and Katia Krupennikova
18.45 Gilly van Zanten, Render Movement, 20 min.
19.30 Ana Linhares, On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps, 20 min.
20.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Friday 5 July 2019 (13.0019.00 hrs)
15.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.
16.00 Gilly van Zanten and The Improvisation Group Amsterdam, ongoing until 19.00 hrs. 

Saturday 6 July 2019
14.00 Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 20 min.
15.00 Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 20 min.
16.00 Ganesh Nepal, This Man who is Called Man, 20 min.
17.00 Ana Linhares, On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps, 20 min.
18.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Sunday 7 July 2019
14.00 Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 20 min.
15.00 Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 20 min.
16.00 Manuela Viezzer, Promise Me, 20 min. 
17.00 Ganesh Nepal, This Man who is Called Man, 20 min.
18.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Wednesday 10 July 2019
15.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.
16.00 Gilly van Zanten and The Improvisation Group Amsterdam, ongoing until 19.00 hrs. 

Thursday 11 July 2019
15.00 Manju Sharma, Please keep me with you at all times, 30 min. 
17.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Friday 12 July 2019
14.00 Manuela Viezzer, Promise Me, 20 min.
16.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Saturday 13 July 2019
14.00 Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 20 min.
15.00 Tatiana Kolganova, Being a part of…, 20 min.
16.00 Ganesh Nepal, This Man who is Called Man, 20 min.
17.00 Ana Linhares, On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps, 20 min.
18.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Sunday 14 July 2019
15.00 Ganesh Nepal, This Man Who Is Called Man, 20 min.
17.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

Wednesday 17 July 2019
15.00 Manju Sharma, Please keep me with you at all times, 30 min.
17.00 Tammie Kang, time to times, 15 min.

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Summer School

9-13 September 2019

Bratislava BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

The Bratislava BAK Summer School: Art as Politics is a collaborative and intensive learning week in Bratislava from 9–13 September 2019, organized in partnership with Open Studio/ Studio IN – Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, APART Collective in Bratislava, and initiated by Kristína Országhová.

Series

10 March 2019–05 January 2020

BAK, basis voor…

In the series BAK, basis voor…, BAK joins forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for “being together otherwise.” The series is part of the preparatory phase of the forthcoming project Trainings for the Not-Yet, organized by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK from September 2019–January 2020.

Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–12 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

Together with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, starting September 2019. The project consists of an exhibition as a series of “community learnings,” performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In the framework of this project, intensive collaborations with (inter)national artists, theorists, and activists take place, as well as collaborations with initiatives and communities based (mainly) in Utrecht.