Lecture Program

21 May–20 June 2015

Posthuman Glossary

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht organizes the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work on 21–22 May, 28–29 May, 11–12 June, and 18–19 June 2015. Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.

If art, science, and the humanities have shared one thing, it was their common engagement with constructions and representations of the human at the center of their respective realms, as well as their mutual exploration into how people process, document, and analyze their human experiences. Under the pressure of contemporary concerns, however—such as the neoliberal economics of global capitalism, migration, advanced technological developments, environmental destruction on a mass scale, the perpetual war on terror, and extensive security systems, to name but a few significant markers of our time—the concept of the human as we had previously known it has undergone dramatic transformations. We take this development to mark a “posthuman condition” that combines exciting new developments with a troublesome reiteration of old, unresolved problems. Given this context, what are the interconnections between theory and artistic and curatorial practice? What kind of research is artistic research? What are its assumed subjects and presumed object-matters? In an era increasingly defined by the vitality of non-human agency, what new entanglements are emerging between theory, science, and the arts? What methodological and political alliances might we envision in order to co-create conceptual and experimental terminologies pertinent to the complexity of our times?

Contributing speakers include: Matthew Fuller (member of artist group I/O/D and Professor of Digital Media at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London), Timotheus Vermeulen (Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen), Katerina Kolozova (Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Skopje), Erich Hörl (Professor and Chair of Media Culture at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg), Rosi Braidotti (Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht) and Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University, Utrecht).

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21.–22.05.2015
Anthropocene/Capitalocene

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28.–29.05.2015
Eco-Sophies

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11.–12.06.2015
Digital Activism

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18.–19.06.2015
Algorithmic Cultures and Security

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Discursive

18 October 2018–24 January 2019

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020)—expands upon the notion of forensic justice in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops on methodologies for articulating claims within the multidimensional space of aesthetics, law, architecture, politics, and ecology.

Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

Forensic Justice is an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects.

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Discursive, Exhibition, Publication

11 January–01 March 2009

The Return of Religion and Other Myths

The Return of Religion and Other Myths is a large-scale multifaceted project, consisting of the exhibition The Art of Iconoclasm, a discourse program taking place in early 2009 titled On Post-Secularism, and the publication of a BAK Critical Reader on the subject in 2009. The project explores the popular assumption of the return of religion to the public sphere, contemporary politics, and the media in the West as a constitutive “myth.”

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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.