05 February–29 November 2015

 

Human-Inhuman-Posthuman

  • Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Forest Law, 2014, multi-channel video installation and photo-text assemblage (detail). Image courtesy of the artists and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst

  • Cover of Rosi Braidotti’s publication Il postumano, 2014

  • Armin Linke, Territorial Agency, and Anselm Franke, Anthropocene Observatory, installation view. Photo: Tom Janssen

BAK Research Fellow: Prof. Rosi Braidotti, Director of Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht

If art and the humanities share one thing, it is the human at the center of their respective realms, or rather, their mutual investment in how people process, document, and analyze their human experiences. Under the pressure of new contemporary realities, however—global neoliberal capitalism, migration, technological developments, depleted nature, and devastated environment, to name but a few markers of our time—the concept of the human as we had previously known it has undergone dramatic transformations. Not only have some been dehumanized to the level of becoming “inhuman,” but even the phenomena we thought to have controlled (such as nature), or thought to have invented and control (the capitalist market, technologies, among others), have seized control over our lives in the current age referred to as “the posthuman.” Realized in collaboration with BAK Research Fellow Rosi Braidotti and the BAK team, this semestral program outlines potential artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries of working through this complex reality, and attempts to create an understanding of the altered meanings of art vis-à-vis such critical present-day developments.

The program includes a research exhibition, Anthropocene Observatory (February–April 2015), developed by curator Anselm Franke (Berlin), artist Armin Linke (Berlin), and the collaborative team of Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, London), as well as a series of discursive and performative assemblies preliminary titled The Posthuman Glossary. These assemblies revolve around critical issues of posthumanity, algorithm culture, and digital citizenship in present-day artistic and intellectual work. As a constituent part of the project, BAK’s Learning Place is structured around these questions, as are extensive educational curricula for the secondary schools involved in the collaboration.

Realized in collaboration with Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MAR at Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague; MaHKU, Utrecht; Posthuman International Network; and Utrecht University, Utrecht.

Education

24.–28.08.2015
Human-Inhuman-Posthuman Summer School

Exhibitions

07.02.–26.04.2015
Anthropocene Observatory

04.09.–29.11.2015
Forest Law

Lectures

18.04.2015, 11.00 hrs
How to Sort out the Many Ambiguities of the Concept of Anthropocene

Learning place

05.02.–30.04.2015
Learning Place: Human-Inhuman-Posthuman

Seminars, master classes & workshops

25.02.2015
The Anthropocene Today
lecture program

21.05.–20.06.2015
Posthuman Glossary

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10 February–31 March 2009

Curating (Beyond) Exhibitions: Critical Curatorial Practices and Contemporary Society

Master course organized by Utrecht University and BAK. The course, structured as a series of lectures and seminars, explores the dynamic field of curating vis-ŕ-vis the challenges that artistic and intellectual practices are presented with by contemporary society, and takes the year 1989—which marks the end of the Cold War—as a starting point from which to explore the practice of curating.

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