series

11-25 April 2016

Instituting for the Contemporary

On 11, 18, and 25 April 2016, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, hosts three public editorial meetings in the context of the exhibition Unstated (or, Living Without Approval) held towards a new BAK critical reader provisionally titled Instituting for the Contemporary, edited by BAK’s editor of publications Tom Clark, artistic director Maria Hlavajova, and research curator Lucy Lopez. The reader aims to think through the notion of “instituting” as a proposal adequate for the contemporary: both as the methodology of, and a challenge to, the institution itself. Instituting for the Contemporary is centred around eight key themes, which will also guide the contributions to these meetings: Education; Entanglements; Not Not Art, Not Not Politics; Care to Power; Compositionalism; the Contemporary; Instituting; Commitment.

During these public editorial meetings, drafts and ideas will be posed through presentations, conversations, and interventions that work towards the terms guiding the reader. Each session invites and incorporates collective feedback and an open discussion towards the development of the reader.

Contributors to the three events include: Bernadette Buckley , Angela Dimitrakaki, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ewa Majewska, pantxo ramas, Gerald Raunig, Rachel O’Reilly, Simon Sheikh, and Tom Vandeputte.

Program

public editorial meeting
11.04.2016 19.00 hrs
Instituting for the Contemporary – part 1

public editorial meeting
18.04.2016 19.00 hrs
Instituting for the Contemporary – part 2

reading group
25.04.2016 19.00 hrs
Instituting for the Contemporary – part 3

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibition

Screening

2 May 2021

Fragments of Repair/Gathering II: The Body’s Legacies, Part 2: The Postcolonial Body (online)

The second gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s work The Body’s Legacies, Part 2: The Postcolonial Body (video, 2018, 48 min.), followed by a conversation between Olivier Marboeuf (writer, critic, and curator, Paris) and Ruth Wilson Gilmore (abolitionist scholar and activist, Lisbon).

Public Program

Podcast and sound installation

17 April–03 July 2021

Fragments of Repair: Repair & Listen

Throughout the duration of the project Fragments of Repair, Kader Attia engages in creating a new eponymous work in the form of a gradually unfolding podcast and sound installation in twelve parts, titled Repair & Listen. Drawing on transcultural epistemologies and lived experiences, the podcast investigates “repair” as a concrete practice to counter the psychological impact of living through a pandemic. The episodes of the podcast will become available on this page, throughout the duration of Fragments of Repair.