Exhibition, Gatherings, Publication, Symposium

03 December 2021 17.00–30 April 2022 19.00

 

No Linear Fucking Time

An exhibition with gatherings, an online publication, and a symposium

Opening: 3 December 2021, 13.00

  • Design: Sean van den Steenhoven for Leftloft

Important update: the opening program has changed as a result of the new Covid-19 measures in the Netherlands, please scroll down for more information.

No Linear Fucking Time* is an exhibition with gatherings, an online publication, and a symposium that unsettle dominant temporalities and model alternate forms of livable time.    

Contributors to the exhibition and program include: John Berger with Mike Dibb and Chris Rawlence, Hemali Bhuta, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Simone Fattal, Femke Herregraven, Tehching Hsieh, Jumana Manna, Claudia Martínez Garay, Vibeke Mascini, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Yuri Pattison, Antonio Paucar, Rita Ponce de León, Susan Schuppli, Sissel Tolaas, and Antonio Vega Macotela, among others.   

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, the project 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 existence. The project explores concepts such as “deep time,” “seed time,” “ancestral time,” “cyclical time,” “local time,” “crip time,” “queer time,” and “non-human time” in order to imagine escapes from the programmatic movement of capitalist modernity toward ostensibly inevitable catastrophe. 

No Linear Fucking Time aims to isolate the abstract, progressive conception of time in terms of its fundamental role in colonization, exploitation, and cultural flattening, and its foreclosure of equities and agencies for a range of cultures and beings. When time is seen instead as the co-extant unfolding of relations, sensitivities might be honed toward other avenues of the possible. 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.

The artists in the project each deal with critical conceptions of time in their own work, through drawing, painting, formed and found objects, machines, documentary and moving image practice, and a variety of creative visual and textual speculations. Artist-interlocutors Herregraven, Manna, and Martínez Garay present newly-commissioned work and also act as co-researchers and programmers, participating in convening events and bringing the broader field of theirs and related research together. Alongside them are several practitioners whose works will be presented in the exhibition through discursive and performative events. Three projects unfold additionally in off-site Utrecht locations in 2022, in collaboration with artists Mascini, Schuppli, and Tolaas, and partner organizations including Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht and others.

Accompanying the exhibition and public program is the latest focus of BAK’s online research platform, Prospections, co-edited with Amelia Groom, featuring newly commissioned texts, archival resources, interviews, and artistic contributions from and with Black Quantum Futurism, Walidah Imarisha, Elizabeth Freeman, JJJJJerome Ellis, Adriana Knouf, Jason Allen-Paisant, Marianne Shaneen, Timur Si-Qin, and Joel Spring, among others. Finally, a culminating symposium takes place in April 2022.

OPENING PROGRAM:
Friday 3 December 2021, 13–20 hrs
Please note: as a result of the latest Covid-19 measures in the Netherlands, there are some important changes to the opening program.
The round table conversation with the artists is now fully online and starts at 18.30 hrs (instead of 19.30 hrs). During the day, it is now possible to visit the exhibition in the presence of several artists, during three available time slots.

Updated Opening Program:
Day Program (in person at BAK)
13.00–16.45 hrs: Possibility to visit the new exhibition, during three available time slots: 13.00–14.15 hrs, 14.15–15.30 hrs, and 15.30–16.45 hrs. Capacity is limited, please book your time slot here (or via the button above).

Evening Program (online via Zoom or livestream)
18.30–18.45 hrs Introduction by BAK’s general & artistic director Maria Hlavajova & BAK’s curator of public practice Rachael Rakes
18.45–20.00 hrs Roundtable with artists Femke Herregraven, Jumana Manna, and Claudia Martínez Garay

The online program can be attended on Zoom. Please register here (or via the button at the top). It is also livestreamed via BAK’s website here (on this page) and Facebook page here.

Coronatoegangsbewijs
Please note that if you are coming to BAK to visit the exhibition, it is mandatory to show a “Coronatoegangsbewijs” (Corona entry pass) combined with a valid ID card at the door. More information here on the website of the Dutch Government. Please also review our other Covid-19 guidelines here

Graffiti found in Oakland, California in 2020, artist unknown, photograph by Esmat Elhalaby, courtesy Esmat Elhalaby

*The title No Linear Fucking Time derives from the above piece of graffiti, which was found in Oakland, California at the time of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. First shared by Esmat Elhalaby on Twitter, it read “No Cops No Jails No Linear Fucking Time,” and quickly became viral, and has since been widely shared via other online media. 

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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12 October, 19.00–16 November, 21.00 2021

Course: Art as Politics

An online course that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director.

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