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).

Program

Lecture
21.–22.05.2015
Anthropocene/Capitalocene

Lecture
28.–29.05.2015
Eco-Sophies

Lecture
11.–12.06.2015
Digital Activism

Lecture
18.–19.06.2015
Algorithmic Cultures and Security

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Exhibition

12 September–28 November 2010

Vectors of the Possible

The exhibition examines the notion of the horizon in art and politics and explores the ways in which art works can be said to set up certain horizons of possibility and impossibility, how art partakes in specific imaginaries, and how it can produce new ones, thus suggesting other ways of imagining the world.

Congress

Event

Screening

Conversation

Lecture

18 March 2011, 20.00

Lecture by David Riff on Olga Chernysheva

On Tuesday, 15 March 2011 at 20.00 hrs, Moscow-based art critic and writer David Riff delivers a lecture on Olga Chernysheva’s practice in which he considers the artist’s repurposing and reinvention of realism in her work, as well as the critical and political implications of this approach, particularly in the context of today’s Russia.

Exhibition

Exhibition

22 May–24 July 2011

Call the Witness

group exhibition curated by Suzana Milevska

The exhibition Call the Witness includes works by seven extraordinary artists who actively work from within and beyond their Roma identities. The works take up the role of “testimonies,” which in their own languages bear witness to past sufferings (such as the Holocaust) and of present and future anxieties, which seem to so intimately relate to the very existence of the Roma in our world. Each of these artists actively speculates about another possibility, and from within the Roma subjectivity proposes that we imagine how things could be otherwise.

Exhibition

01 June–09 October 2011

Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion

Call the Witness is a project of the Roma Pavilion, which takes place as a collateral event in the framework of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2011. A makeshift exhibition evolving over the course of the Venice Biennale preview days through the flux of live “testimonies”— works of art, performances, talks, and conversations by and with artists, thinkers, and politicians—Call the Witness considers the situation of the Roma and Roma art as emblematic of a world filled with inequality and oppression today, and in solidarity with the largest minority in Europe speculates about another, hopeful future.

Screening

08 October–03 December 2011

Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere public program: film screenings and discussions curated by Christina Li

Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere is a film-based public program of screenings and discussions that accompanies the exhibition Spacecraft Icarus 13: Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere at BAK. The program presents alternative accounts of the impact of sociopolitical changes brought about by western-driven discourses of progress and modernity in the so-called “Third World.”

Exhibition

09 October–23 December 2011

Spacecraft Icarus 13: Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere

exhibition curated by Cosmin Costinas

The exhibition Spacecraft Icarus 13: Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere presents a number of artistic positions by international artists from different generations that reflect upon alternative visions for the future and models for political and cultural change that have emerged in response to the new conditions of the post-Cold War era.

Screening

Exhibition

05 February–29 April 2012

Christoph Schlingensief: Fear at the Core of Things

Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010) was one of the most seminal if controversial theater, film, and contemporary art figures of his generation. The exhibition Christoph Schlingensief: Fear at the Core of Things attests to his striving towards Lebenskunstwerk—a work of life-art.

Education Program

23 October–27 November 2018

Course Art and Politics

“Art and Politics” is an inaugural course of a new public school for art and politics organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht. In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way.

Congress

29 September 2012

3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part Two

Following the deliberations during Part One titled Beyond What Was Contemporary Art (April 2012, Vienna), Part Two of the 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress takes place on 29 September 2012 and bases its discussions on a question ushered in—somewhat unexpectedly—by theorist and curator Irit Rogoff in her closing keynote address for Part One: “What on earth do they mean when they say art?”

Exhibition

29 September–23 December 2012

How Much Fascism?

exhibition curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW

Group exhibition with works by Burak Delier, Etcétera…, Avi Mograbi, Marina Naprushkina, Trevor Paglen, Cesare Pietroiusti, Jonas Staal, Mladen Stilinovic, SUPERFLEX, Milica Tomic, and Lidwien van de Ven.

Congress

18-24 March 2013

FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects

Artworks, talks, discussions, rehearsals, and performances in various constellations of documents and prospects offer a multitude of encounters with the public for negotiating the way of the world from 1989 to today, and thinking beyond.

Learning

18-24 March 2013

FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects—Learning Place

a week-long educational performance with around 200 students from educational institutes around the world

During a week-long educational performance, around 200 students from educational institutes around the world engage on topics such as the commodification of knowledge, critique of creativity, and functioning of edu-industries in today’s cognitive capitalism.

Exhibition

11 April–01 June 2013

After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer

The James Gallery at The Graduate Center, CUNY announces the conceptual and experimental exhibition guest curated by Boris Groys, After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer, on view from 11 April till 1 June 2013. The exhibition presents the photographs, collected postcards, and hand-drawn itineraries of the French-Russian philosopher Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) to compose a visual exposition of his philosophy. Made in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, The James Gallery is the only US venue for the exhibition.

Exhibition

Education Program

Education Program