public editorial meeting

16-17 May 2014

Other Survivalisms

A detailed program and video recordings of all contributions to the FORMER WEST Public Editorial Meeting, Other Survivalisms, can be found here.

Under the title Other Survivalisms, on 16 and 17 May 2014 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts the second installment of its public editorial meetings geared towards the realization of the forthcoming FORMER WEST publication. It is the second in an ongoing series of public editorial meetings, which form the trajectory of the culminating phase of BAK’s flagship collaborative research program FORMER WEST (2008–2016). These small-scale gatherings take the editorial meeting as their model for informal (re)negotiations of the living knowledge brought together through the course of the project. The public exchanges take place in cultural and geopolitical contexts both within and outside of the so-called “former West” and bring together a great number of collaborators from the project’s past and current investigations, including artists, writers, theorists, curators, activists, students, as well as our various publics. The series is developed and curated by writer, cultural critic, and translator Boris Buden; curator, organizer, and artistic director of BAK, Maria Hlavajova; and curator and writer Simon Sheikh.

Following the initial Berlin public editorial meeting at FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2013, the Utrecht edition coincides with BAK’s current research inquiry into Future Vocabularies and its opening entry on conceptual itineraries of “survival.” One strand of inquiry explores the question of the commons as a mode of ensuring the survival of the notion of the public. Taking as its example the so-called “public” institution of art and culture, which has lost its emancipatory potential at the present moment as state and private interests reveal themselves to be conditioned by the same (market) forces, this trajectory looks at modes of instituting-in-common, examining not only how they place pressure on dominant forms of ownership and governance, but how the art institution itself might be transformed into an agent of political action. How do we wish to organize ourselves? Is self-instituting an effective means of survival, now that the state seems to be withering away? The second current within this gathering tackles the prospects of survival through economic and environmental perspectives and catastrophes, asking, amidst the rupture within the present interregnum (much in the Gramscian sense of a period in which “the old is dying and the new cannot be born”), how do we survive “otherwise”? The third trajectory deliberates upon survival through the notion of “afterlife,” which evokes a temporality different than the logic of “post-ism” that has long monopolized our historical imagination, be they concepts of the post-political, the post-utopian, or post-history. Beyond a perpetual repetition of “post-isms,” this last trajectory gestures towards a critique of the ideologies behind them.

Other Survivalisms consists of a number of moderated meetings with artists, theorists, and activists on Friday, 16 May, 13.30–20.00 hrs, and on Saturday, 17 May, 09.30–20.00 hrs, at Het Utrechts Archief, located opposite from BAK on Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht.

Contributors to the project include: Boris Buden (writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin); T.J. Demos (art historian and critic, London); Mark Fisher (theorist, writer, and editor, London); Maja & Reuben Fowkes (art historians and curators, Budapest and London); Katherine Gibson (theorist and writer, Sydney); Maria Hlavajova (curator and cultural organizer, artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht); Brigitta Kuster (artist and writer, Berlin); Massimiliano Mollona (theorist and writer, London); Alexei Penzin (philosopher and writer, London and Moscow); Andrea Phillips (theorist and writer, London); Poka-Yio (artist and curator, Athens); Simon Sheikh (curator and theorist, Berlin and London); and Marina Vishmidt (writer, editor, and critic, London).

Program

Panel discussion
16.05.2014
The Commons as the Survival of the “Public”

Panel discussion
17.05.2014
Survival Through an Economic and Environmental Lens

Panel discussion
17.05.2014
Critique of the Ideology of “Post-isms”

Suggestions from the archive

Guided Tour

Workshop

17 May 2018, 14.00-16.30

Al Maeishah

Workshop by Campus in Camps

As part of the weeklong program Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis, 2017/2018 BAK Fellows Isshaq Al-Barbary and Diego Segatto (Campus in Camps) lead a workshop at BAK.

Performative conference

25 November 2017

Assemblism

Propositions #2

Propositions #2: Assemblism is a day-long gathering that addresses the current rise of the new authoritarian world order, and the millions of bodies that have gathered in resistance in liberated autonomous zones, occupied buildings, city squares, prisons, and cultural spaces to collectively enact a different demand for egalitarian society.

Talks and conversations

10 February 2018

Art as Commitment

Propositions #3

Propositions #3: Art as Commitment is the third convening platform in BAK’s long-term research series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020), prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of historical and contemporary fascisms in our present.

Performative Conference

Performative conference

17 March 2018

Unpacking Aesthetics and the Far Right

Propositions #4

This is the fourth performative conference within the series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). With contributions by Larne Abse Gogarty, Kader Attia, Angela Dimitrakaki and iLiana Fokianaki, Morgan Quaintance, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Harry Weeks, and Giovanna Zapperi.

Performative conference

BAK Summer School 2017

17-21 July 2017

BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum

The BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.

BAK Summer School 2018

16-20 July 2018

BAK Summer School: Art and Practice in the Otherwise

Applications are now open for BAK Summer School: Art and Practice in the Otherwise. This is an advanced, interdisciplinary course that brings together those involved in arts, academia, and activisms to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.

Educational platform

Educational platform

Educational platform

Educational platform

Educational platform

13 February–29 December 2014

Survival

The project Future Vocabularies is initiated in 2014 with an opening vocabulary entry on survival. It is envisioned as a foundational sequence, evolving over the course of the full year and made up of multiple conceptual narratives from which to draw the subsequent themes and methods for both thinking and acting.

05 February–29 November 2015

Human-Inhuman-Posthuman

Realized in collaboration with BAK Research Fellow Rosi Braidotti and the BAK team, this semestral program outlines potential artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries of working through the contemporary realities, and attempts to create an understanding of the altered meanings of art vis-à-vis such critical present-day developments.

23 September 2014–01 May 2016

Future Collections

A long-term collaboration between BAK and Centraal Museum exploring various collaborative possibilities to rethink the mission of the art institution in today’s rapidly changing global condition.

08 September 2015–24 June 2017

Instituting Otherwise

In 2016–2017, BAK dedicates a series of discursive, educational, and exhibitionary projects to the notion of the institution and how to, amidst contemporary challenges, “institute otherwise.”

Workshop

16 May 2018, 14.00-16.30

Letter from the Future

Writing Workshop by 2017/2018 BAK Fellow Sepake Angiama

As part of the weeklong program Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis, 2017/2018 BAK Fellow Sepake Angiama leads a writing workshop at BAK.  

Exhibition

Exhibition