Reading Group

24 February 2016, 17.00

Reading Anarchism: Lise Autogena reads Bahrain Youth & Katja Sokolova reads Anonymous

In February 2016, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst hosts three Reading Anarchism events, as part of the exhibition Unstated (Or, Living Without Approval). The installation at BAK contains all anarchist writings currently archived online at theanarchistlibrary.org, printed as uniform volumes. For the duration of the exhibition, visitors may browse this library and print and bind copies of books they would like to read.

Nicoline van Harskamp has invited a total six guests to pick a single book or article from the library, and to present it to and discuss it with a live audience. The guests each have an affinity with the anarchist tradition, but the works they have picked represent very different eras, locations and interpretations.

Lise Autogena reads Anarchism (2012) by Bahrain Youth

Lise Autogena is an artist and a researcher. Her practice-led research has involved large scale performances, site-specific works, and multimedia installations, usually developed in collaboration with organisations and individuals across many specialist fields. In 2004 she co-founded the Christiania Researcher in Residence programme (CRIR), an international research facility in the Free Town Christiania in Copenhagen. Between 2003 and 2009 she co-founded the floating community, Hermitage Moorings, adjacent to Tower Bridge on the river Thames in London.

Bahrain Youth is the name of a group that operated online from 14 February 2011 On that day, now known as “The Day of Rage”, Bahraini youth organised peaceful protests using social media websites, inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Thousands of people took to the streets to demand political, economic and human rights, but were forcefully stopped by the authorities.

Katja Sokolova reads A No Borders Manifesto (2012) by Anonymous

Katja Sokolova, born in Russia, studied linguistics at St. Petersburg State university and Cultural Management at the University of Aberdeen. Based in Amsterdam since 2003, she works as producer of documentaries and curator of exhibitions dealing with social and political issues. Her most recent feature-length documentary, entitled Forget Me Not—to be released in March this year—tells about a school for rejected asylum seekers’ children in the Netherlands.

The No Borders Manifesto was written by anonymous persons active in the No Borders UK network in 2012. Generally struggling against borders and immigration controls and striving for freedom of movement for all, the No Borders network is currently involved in campaigns against the privatisation of refugee detention centres, and for the rights for immigrants who stranded in Calais on their way to Britain.

Suggestions from the archive

Discursive

18 October 2018–24 January 2019

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020)—expands upon the notion of forensic justice in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops on methodologies for articulating claims within the multidimensional space of aesthetics, law, architecture, politics, and ecology.

Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

Forensic Justice is an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects.

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Exhibition

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Lecture Program

Discursive, Exhibition, Publication

11 January–01 March 2009

The Return of Religion and Other Myths

The Return of Religion and Other Myths is a large-scale multifaceted project, consisting of the exhibition The Art of Iconoclasm, a discourse program taking place in early 2009 titled On Post-Secularism, and the publication of a BAK Critical Reader on the subject in 2009. The project explores the popular assumption of the return of religion to the public sphere, contemporary politics, and the media in the West as a constitutive “myth.”

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Learning

10 February–31 March 2009

Curating (Beyond) Exhibitions: Critical Curatorial Practices and Contemporary Society

Master course organized by Utrecht University and BAK. The course, structured as a series of lectures and seminars, explores the dynamic field of curating vis-ŕ-vis the challenges that artistic and intellectual practices are presented with by contemporary society, and takes the year 1989—which marks the end of the Cold War—as a starting point from which to explore the practice of curating.