Performance

10 March 2017, 16.30

Sleeper

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

As part of the exhibition To Seminar, BAK organizes a series of performances, talks, and public meetings inquiring how learning about, with, and through art can become a collective practice of thinking and acting out imaginaries alternative to those of the crises-ridden contemporary.

For Sleeper Tiong Ang has invited approximately 30 artists—peers, former students, friends, and collaborators—to write song lyrics addressing what he sees as a crisis of artistic license: a gap between the expectations placed on art’s agency and art’s “real” ability to impact social change.

The lyrics are used as a performance script by a second group of collaborators, who enact behaviors and poses on a specially designed stage in the exhibition space. In this performance, the songs are improvised through collectively rehearsing an unfolding of the “sleeping” potential of art in relation to social praxis. Evolving over more than three hours, the performers shift between a dormant, non-rendered presence to momentary postures of collective performativity based on media images of music bands and forms of social protest. A singer (the artist) or singers (the band) deliver the songs in a matter-of-fact or even hesitant manner.

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Education Program

26 October–30 November 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 26 October & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 November 2020. 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.

Exhibition

30 September–11 October 2020

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show: If Not Now

From 30 September–11 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts If Not Now, the graduation exhibition of the 2018−2020 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, curated by Katia Krupennikova.