Symposium

20-21 May 2022

 

Symposium: No Linear Fucking Time

Design: Sean van den Steenhoven

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Friday 20 May and Saturday 21 May 2022

Friday 16.30–22.00 hrs
Saturday 10–22.00 hrs

Location: All presentations are presented simultaneously at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and streamed online

Symposium

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht proudly presents Symposium: No Linear Fucking Time. Coinciding with the exhibition closing of No Linear Fucking Time, this two-day symposium, taking place on-site at BAK and online, gathers several methods of thinking and practice geared toward equitable and sustainable socio-temporal models. In keeping with the motivation of the overall project, which is grounded in understanding and challenging progressive, abstract, and “western” formulations of time, the symposium engages with the histories of linear time in concert with various alternative scales that manifest across different lived experiences. Temporal concepts like seed time, space-time, visionary fiction, anticolonial agencies, and ancestral presents mingle here with historical, industrial, and financial hauntings.  The presentations also grapple with contemporary urgencies such as refugee and border time, debt, the blurred boundaries between labor time and rest, and ecological extraction.

With contributions by: Isshaq Al-Barbary (artist and researcher, Amsterdam), Clara Balaguer (community editor, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Merve Bedir (architect and researcher, Rotterdam), Sarafina Paulina Bonita (performance artist, Rotterdam), Olga Bryukhovetska (cultural theorist, Kyiv), Zoénie Liwen Deng (coordinator of civic praxis, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Anfisa Doroshenko (researcher, Goor), Andrea Elera (artist and curator, Amsterdam), Elvira Espejo Ayca (artist and poet, La Paz), Gabriel Fontana (artist and researcher, Rotterdam), Max Haiven (writer and educator, Lakehead Bay), Nicoline van Harskamp (artist, Amsterdam), Jeanne van Heeswijk (artist, Rotterdam), Femke Herregraven (artist, Amsterdam), Maria Hlavajova (general and artistic director, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Walidah Imarisha (educator, writer, and artist, Portland), Jerrau (DJ, Amsterdam), Wietske Maas (curator of research and publications, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Jumana Manna (artist, Berlin), Claudia Mártinez Garay (artist, Amsterdam), Natasha Matteson (curator and director, Afghan Refugee Resettlement at Uplift Afghanistan Fund, New York), Jason-Allen Paisant (poet, researcher, and educator, Leeds), Yuri Pattison (artist, Paris), Amanda Piña (artist, Vienna and Mexico City), Rachael Rakes (curator of public practice, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Susan Schuppli (artist and researcher, London), Timur Si-Qin (artist, New York), Rolando Vázquez (writer and educator, Utrecht), and Evelyn Wan (researcher, Utrecht), among others.

Book launch Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice

The symposium includes, on Friday 20 May, the public launch of Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice (2021, BAK/MIT Press). Edited by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, and Rachael Rakes, the publication gathers artistic and cultural practices that are future-oriented, yet abandon a “universal” progressive route forward, instead enlivening a different chronopolitics: that of the not-yet. 

No Linear Fucking Time

No Linear Fucking Time (3 December 2021–22 May 2022) is an exhibition with gatherings, an online publication, and a symposium. The project proposes to unsettle dominant temporalities and model alternate forms of livable time. Convened by BAK’s curator of public practice Rachael Rakes with artist-interlocutors Femke Herregraven, Jumana Manna, and Claudia Martínez Garay, as well as writer Amelia Groom, No Linear Fucking Time calls upon a wide range of practitioners who examine and embody alternate scales, rhythms, and conceptions of temporal experience in order to explore how looking and working beyond linear, progressive, and globally-synchronized time can contribute to a more plurally-determined and sustainable lives. The project posits that just as time has been a homogenizing imperial force, the rethinking of time can be a key function of anti-colonial presents. 

You can view the Prospections “No Linear Fucking Time” online publication here

Tickets

Ticket prices (tickets can be purchased by clicking the buttons at the top of this page): 

Friday: €10/€7.50
Saturday: €15/€10
Combi: €20/€12.50
Online, both Friday and Saturday (Zoom link): €5

BAK offers a small number of free solidarity tickets to those who would, for financial reasons, not otherwise be able to attend this event. If this applies to you, you can select this option on the ticket page.

On Saturday, there is the opportunity to purchase lunch tickets for €5. These tickets need to be added o your entry ticket when purchasing via the links above. 

During the event at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, it is also possible to visit the exhibition No Linear Fucking Time.  

Program

Schedule subject to change. All times are CEST. 


FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2022

16.30–17.00 hrs: DOORS OPEN  

17.00–17.45 hrs:  WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION 
Maria Hlavajova and Rachael Rakes 

17.45–19.30 hrs: OPENING SESSION 
Disjunctive Temporalities of Migration and Refuge 
A roundtable discussion with Isshaq Al-Barbary (online), Merve Bedir, Olga Bruyukhovesta (online),and Anfisa Doroshenko, moderated by Natasha Matteson with Rachael Rakes

19.30–20.00 hrs: BREAK 
Light catering provided 

20.00–21.30 hrs: BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION 
Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice 
Lecture on ”visionary fiction and Black subversive time travel” by Walidah Imarisha (online), followed by reading and discussion with Towards the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice (2021) editors Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, and Rachael Rakes, and contributors Clara Balaguear, Merve Bedir, Gabriel Fontana, Nicoline van Harskamp, and Jun Saturay (for the basic activist kitchen)

21.30 hrs: RECEPTION  

SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2022

10.00–10.30 hrs: DOORS OPEN  

10.30–11.00 hrs: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION 
Maria Hlavajova, Rachael Rakes  

11.00–12.30 hrs: PANEL  
The Techno-Colonization of Time: On Clocks, Zones, and Regimes of Precision 
Yuri Pattison and Evelyn Wan, moderated by Femke Herregraven with Zoénie Liwen Deng

12.30–14.00 hrs: PANEL 
Debt as Future Haunting: Banks, Insurance, and the Unpayable 
Femke Herregraven and Max Haiven, moderated by Rachael Rakes 

14.00–15.00 hrs: LUNCH BREAK 
Lunch available for purchase at BAK or in advance online (€5)

15.00–16.30 hrs: PANEL 
Soil Times: Anti-extractive Life with Lands 
Jason-Allen Paisant (online) and Timur Si-Qin (online), moderated by Jumana Manna with Wietske Maas

16.30–18.00 hrs: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION 
Echoes and Presages: Ancestral Knowledges in Time 
Elvira Espejo Ayca (online), Amanda Piña (online), and Rolando Vasquez, moderated by Claudia Mártinez Garay and Andrea Elera with Rachael Rakes

18.00–18.30 hrs: BREAK 
Light catering provided 

18.30–20.00 hrs: ILLUSTRATED LECTURE 
Exposure Time
Susan Schuppli (online), followed by a conversation moderated by Maria Hlavajova

20.00–20.30 hrs: ECHOPHONIC ENDNOTES 
Clara Balaguer, Jeanne van Heeswijk, and Sarafina Paulina Bonita 

20.30–22.00 hrs: DJ SET AND RECEPTION  
Music by Jerrau

Project support: The realization of this project has been made possible with the financial support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; the City of Utrecht; and Stichting Zabawas, The Hague. BAK’s main partner in the field of education and research is HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht.

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