08 September 2015–24 June 2017

Instituting Otherwise

  • Individuele lesprogramma’s op bandrecorder met hoofdtelefoons, open lesruimte, Granada Community School, Belvedere-Tiburon, Californië, foto: Rondal Partridge. Bron: Robert Propst, High School: The Process and the Place, red. Ruth Weinstock (New York: Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1972)

  • Marion von Osten: Once We Were Artists (A BAK Critical Reader in Artists’ Practice), published by BAK, Utrecht and Valiz, Amsterdam. Edited by Maria Hlavajova and Tom Holert

  • Englishes, a solo exhibition by Nicoline van Harskamp

  • Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Geometry of Fear, 2012. Film still, courtesy of Stefanos Tsivopoulos and Kalfayan Galleries Athene & Thessaloniki

In 2016–2017, BAK dedicates a series of discursive, educational, and exhibitionary projects to the notion of the institution and how to, amidst contemporary challenges, “institute otherwise.” Within the long-term trajectory Future Vocabularies (2014–2017), the series Instituting Otherwise probes ways of imagining—as well as embodying and inhabiting—alternative institutional practices in myriad arenas: from the state, law, and democracy to infrastructures of education, health, care, intimacy, and art, to discursive formations and imaginary spaces.

Aware that institutions simultaneously support and oppress, the project engages the seeming paradox of a practice that both questions and defends (public) institutions. What are ways of instituting that are informed by, and shaped through, the practice of institutional critique? How can these help set infrastructures that engage institutions but escape “institutionalization”? How to (re)think and (re)claim public spaces, public homes, public schools, public hospitals, public libraries, and public art institutions as interlocutors between care and power?

 

 

 

Exhibitions

30.01.–01.05.2016
Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)

24.09.–20.11.2016
Englishes

02.12.2016–05.02.2017
Learning Laboratories

11.03.–21.05.2017
To Seminar

Public program

Learning place
08.09.2015–28.04.2016
Learning Place: Refugee Crisis, or How to Change Things with Art

Congress
29.–31.01.2016
New World Summit: Stateless Democracy

Symposium
24.06.2017 10.30 hrs
Once We Were Artists

 

In collaboration with

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibition

31 October–31 December 2004

Cordially Invited, episode 3

Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

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Lecture Program

12 November–17 December 2005

Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a dynamic, informal forum for reflection about what is behind the contemporary state of warfare. It is developed as an equal parallel to the exhibition Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality.

Summer School

22-26 July 2019

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics brings together those involved in arts, academia, and social action to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019.

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Education Program

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director.