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

Education Program

15 March–01 April 2021

Course: Art as Politics [rerun]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 March & 1 April 2021. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.
Deadline applications: 3 March. Deadline feewaivers: 23 February.

Assembly and Public Forum

Collaboration and Open call

03 December 2020–30 January 2021

Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves

A collaborative open call by Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter, The Black Archives/New Urban Collective, Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL, Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, for artists and writers to manifest the Manifesting Systemic Change Through Creative Waves manifesto.

Conversation

16 December 2020, 19.00-21.00

Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care.