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

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