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.

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibition

10 March 2019–05 January 2020

BAK, basis voor…

In the series BAK, basis voor…, BAK joins forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for “being together otherwise.” The series is part of the preparatory phase of the forthcoming project Trainings for the Not-Yet, organized by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK from September 2019–January 2020.

Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–12 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

Together with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, starting September 2019. The project consists of an exhibition as a series of “community learnings,” performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In the framework of this project, intensive collaborations with (inter)national artists, theorists, and activists take place, as well as collaborations with initiatives and communities based (mainly) in Utrecht.

Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” 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. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.