Exhibition

11 March–21 May 2017

To Seminar

  • Tiong Ang in collaboration with Sebastián González de Gortari, Ola Hassanain, Jan Yongdeok Lim, Winston Nanlohy, Andrés Novo, Kristina Országhová, Alejandro Ramírez, Heekyung Ryu and Robert Wittendorp, Sleeper, 2017. Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), sketch for The Mother Mountain Institute, 2017

  • Camila Sposati and Falke Pisano, Lundu (Rugendas), 2017

  • Tiong Ang in collaboration with Sebastián González de Gortari, Ola Hassanain, Jan Yongdeok Lim, Winston Nanlohy, Andrés Novo, Kristina Országhová, Alejandro Ramírez, Heekyung Ryu, and Robert Wittendorp, , 2017. Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Art Works on Commission, Free

  • Jeremiah Day, education is what enables every person to judge for themselves what secures or endangers their freedom, 2017, banner. Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Irit Rogoff at the 3rd Former West research congress in Vienna, 2012

  • Sarah Pierce, Campus, 2017, photo: Tom Janssen

To Seminar—an exhibition evolving over time through a series of performative and discursive public meetings—inquires into the practices of learning about, with, and through art today. It asks how we can move beyond the present-day ramifications of the so-called educational turn in contemporary art and toward a collective pursuit of learning with a real relation to social praxis.

The project unfolds as a contemporary reading of philosopher Roland Barthes’ essay “To the Seminar” (1974). Engaging with the notion of the seminar—as a concept and as an intimate and complex practice—as something pivotal for learning today, To Seminar transforms the noun into a verb in an attempt to activate its “unpredictable rhythm,” proposing it as a tool for intervention into the settled practices of education today; in art and beyond. For what was once celebrated as the “educational turn” today turns far too often into either routine initiation into a knowledge economy or cognitive capitalism, or into the placatory emptying of the meanings of “knowledge production,” “community,” and “method.” If, like Barthes’ time of writing, ours is a present immersed in “a certain apocalypse in culture,” the true task of learning is not to normalize this present’s morbid symptoms as has become customary, but rather to collectively think through and act out alternative imaginaries. With artists, theorists, and other cultural practitioners, To Seminar reengages the three conceptual spaces that intersect when a seminaring takes place—institution/transference/text—and seeks to recompose them into a balanced comradeship for renegotiating the conditions of the contemporary.

A series of public gatherings—performances, talks, screenings, etc.—takes place in the course of this exhibition-as-seminar.

To Seminar has been conceptualized by Henk Slager. Seminars are realized with contributions by numerous graduate art programs in the Netherlands and beyond. A publication will be published by Metropolis M Books in summer 2017. To Seminar has been made possible through the collaboration between BAK and MaHKU (HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht).

Program

performance
10.03.2017, 16.30 hrs
Sleeper

panel discussion
21.03.2017, 19.00 hrs
Institution

performance
23.03.2017, 19.00 hrs
Co-Action Device. I rather laugh

panel discussion
30.03.2017, 19.00 hrs
Text

panel discussion
06.04.2017, 19.00 hrs
Transference

exhibition
13.04.2017, 17.00 hrs
Art Works on Commission, Free

lecture-performance
18.04.2017, 19.00 hrs
Education is what enables every person to judge for themselves what secures or endangers their freedom

lecture
20.04.2017, 19.00 hrs
Reflection on Knowability

performance
18.05.2017, 15.00 hrs
Campus

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Screening

Screening

Performative Conference

30 June–01 July 2018

Propositions #6: The Temporary Institute for the Contemporary

Propositions #6: The Temporary Institute for the Contemporary marks the culmination of a vibrant and inspiring 2017/2018 pilot year of the BAK Fellowship Program. Through conversations, readings, and performances, the BAK Fellows share insights into their respective artistic research itineraries, as well as their common “collective dictionary” project.

Performance

Guided Tour

Workshop

17 May 2018, 14.00-16.30

Al Maeishah

Workshop by Campus in Camps

As part of the weeklong program Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis, 2017/2018 BAK Fellows Isshaq Al-Barbary and Diego Segatto (Campus in Camps) lead a workshop at BAK.

Performative conference

25 November 2017

Assemblism

Propositions #2

Propositions #2: Assemblism is a day-long gathering that addresses the current rise of the new authoritarian world order, and the millions of bodies that have gathered in resistance in liberated autonomous zones, occupied buildings, city squares, prisons, and cultural spaces to collectively enact a different demand for egalitarian society.

Talks and conversations

10 February 2018

Art as Commitment

Propositions #3

Propositions #3: Art as Commitment is the third convening platform in BAK’s long-term research series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020), prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of historical and contemporary fascisms in our present.

Performative Conference

Performative conference

17 March 2018

Unpacking Aesthetics and the Far Right

Propositions #4

This is the fourth performative conference within the series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). With contributions by Larne Abse Gogarty, Kader Attia, Angela Dimitrakaki and iLiana Fokianaki, Morgan Quaintance, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Harry Weeks, and Giovanna Zapperi.

Performative conference