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.

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibition

10 March 2019–05 January 2020

BAK, basis voor…

In the series BAK, basis voor…, BAK joins forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for “being together otherwise.” The series is part of the preparatory phase of the forthcoming project Trainings for the Not-Yet, organized by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK from September 2019–January 2020.

Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–05 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

Together with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, starting September 2019. The project consists of an exhibition as a series of “community learnings,” performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In the framework of this project, intensive collaborations with (inter)national artists, theorists, and activists take place, as well as collaborations with initiatives and communities based (mainly) in Utrecht.

Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.