Education Program

20-22 December 2013

Alternative Learning Tank (ALT.)

alternative educational platform in the electronic age

From 15–17 December 2013, New World Academy (NWA) hosts the international Pirate Parties at BAK basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht. Together with artists and students, they work on a collaborative project. The result of the work of the 30 participants, titled Alternative Learning Tank (ALT.), is presented at the offices of Bits of Freedom in Amsterdam. Participants include students from the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam; and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.

The Alternative Learning Tank (ALT.) is developed by several artists, students and Pirate Party members as an alternative educational platform in the electronic age. Universities and academies tend to operate from a 19th-century perspective on civil rights, while the age of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden has taught us that our identities expand to the electronic–digital–realm as well. How to respond to the extreme breaches of privacy and civil rights through the secret services of our respective countries? How can art, activism, and civil disobedience respond to this new age of intrusive politics? ALT. aims at reforming and expanding existing institutions, starting with that of EDUCATION.

ALT. is developed by: Yazan Al-Khalili, Pieter Augustijn, Hadi Asghari, Yvy Bakker, Manuel Beltrán, Željko Blaće, Freyja Vandenboom, Younes Bouadi, Heath Bunting, Ben Burtenshaw, Gerben Brands, Gilles de Brock, Maša Čorak, Sarah Demoen, Anna Ehmen, Foundland (Ghalia Elsrakbi & Lauren Alexander), Cissie Fu, Giliam Ganzevles, Aziza Harmel, Renée In der Maur, Yung-Han Juan, Louis Liu, René Mahieu, Vaanii Nnaa, Sevgi Ortaç, Jeanette Petrik, Dirk Poot, Eirik Rønneberg, Ferdi Speelman, Jonas Staal, Aarti Sunder, and Malina Suliman.

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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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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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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.