Public Editorial Meeting

18 April 2016, 19.00

Instituting for the Contemporary—part 2

In the second of three Public Editorial Meetings held towards the publication of the new critical reader Instituting for the Contemporary, Bernadette Buckley and Füsun Türetken will present draft contributions in response to one of the reader’s eight guiding concerns: “not not art, not not politics” and “entanglements” respectively. Nick Axel will give a response to Bernadette Buckley and the topic of “not not art, not not politics”.

These terms bring to question the methods of, and resistance to, the institution. They raise a number of considerations for a practice of instituting: the slippage between categories and methodologies, and new relationships to time in the practices of the contemporary (not not art, not not politics); and a two-fold awareness of infrastructures: both as encoding and supporting institutions, and at the same time as contradictory entanglements of matter, bodies and forces (entanglements)

In her presentation Bernadette Buckley will outline and describe her proposition “not not art, not not politics” as a provisional, composite term which puts into suspension the established categories of art and politics in order to stress the unruly, transitive nature of practices that seed from multiple, entangled time-spaces. Not so much assemblages as still-in-semblages, what is at stake for ’not not art, not not politics practices’ is the kinetic, dynamic event-structure of emergence – the ongoingness of incipient inventiveness and the need to pause, to let-lie-together, to listen to that which is still, in practice, in-forming us.

Füsun Türetken is invited to address the question of instituting from the perspective of its connection to the entangled matters of slow violence. Following the description of Rob Nixon, these slow violences of global exploitation and imbalance may be old, largely unobserved, undiagnosed, and untreated. Through being bound to neither time nor body, and distinguished from the fast violence of capitalism, they entangle justice, class, and geopolitics with a present and future defined by them.


Bernadette Buckley is a writer and academic whose research explores the relationship between art and politics, art and conflict, cultural studies, and philosophy. Currently, she is Lecturer in International Politics at Goldsmiths College, London. Prior to joining Goldsmiths in 2007, she taught Contemporary Art Theory & Practice at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, where she established the Gallery and Art Museum Education Studies MA program. Buckley was also Head of Education and Research at the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton. In addition to writing for journals and art publications such as BrumariaPostcolonial Studies, and Review of International Studies, her writings have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues and anthologies, including Art and Conflict (2014), The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008), and Art in the Age of Terrorism(2005). Buckley sits on the academic Advisory Board for Tate Papers and the Journal for Museum Education. She is on the steering group for Tate Learning Research Centre and the advisory committee for Artaker, which promotes encounters between peace-builders, researchers, and cultural organizations on the one hand, and artists and creative practitioners on the other. Her research has been supported by grants from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, En-quire, Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Welcome Trust. Buckley lives and works in Bristol and London.

Füsun Türetken is an architect and writer. She is Head of Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University and lecturer at [MIARD], Piet Zwart Institute. Füsun is research fellow with Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University London. She has lectured and written on diverse topics within visual culture, including conflict, military and power structures. In her PhD research she formulates a critique on conflict and capital (with a focus on a specific site in the United States) through the concept of panmetallism. She has co-authored a number of works exploring potential counter-geographies of the contemporary city, including Does The Bus Stop Here?, Istanbul, 2011; and No Name In The Street, Slade London, 2011; and the Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice 2006 and 2008 respectively, as well as showing solo work at Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, 2013. Her latest exhibition Opening, Opening, Openingwas shown at Galerie de Kromme Elleboog, Rotterdam 2016. Her latest publications include, “Breathing Space: The Amalgamated Toxicity of Ground Zero“ in Forensis, the Architecture of Public Truth (2014), and forthcoming, a conversation with Irit Rogoff “To encounter the contemporary” in Volume Magazine Nr. 48, May 2016, and “Cubical Warriors”, UCL Press, October 2016.

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Education Program

21 June–07 July 2021

Course: Art as Politics

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 2021. 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.



3 June 2021, 18.30-20.00

FEINART Lecture: From Art Institution to Community Portal, by Maria Hlavajova

FEINART (The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art) is a PhD training network funded by the EU, in partnership with several universities and art spaces, amongst which BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. As part of the FEINART Lecture Series, BAK’s general and artistic director Maria Hlavajova presents […]