Performance

28 May 2016, 19.30

S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano)

In 2013, multimedia and performance artist Nástio Mosquito spent three months in Utrecht as a part of BAK’s Research-in-Residence (RIR) program. During his stay he developed the initial phase of his video-performance piece S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano). The premiere of S.E.F.A. takes place on 28 May 2016 on the occasion of SPRING 2016, and is co-presented by the festival organizers and BAK.

SPRING describes S.E.F.A. as follows: “S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano) is a remarkable one-man show in which Nástio Mosquito mixes personal rants, exhilarating poetry slam and emotional songs with titillating visuals. In S.E.F.A. he doesn’t mince words. Hopeful and full of energy he asks questions about identity and expressions such as ‘roots’, never afraid of being politically incorrect. Mosquito, who was born in Angola, takes a multi-disciplinary approach: music, philosophy, dance, video art, digital art… He has even developed his own app. Some call him a visual artist, others a theatre maker or musician. But Mosquito is first and foremost a full-blooded performer, the new face of cultural empowerment.”

Visitors of the festival also have the opportunity to get to know the performances and performers better through a series of informal Bar Talks: “In our Bar Talks a wide variety of guests discuss the performance they just saw; from a university professor to a graphic designer. How did they experience the performance, what did they think and what went on in their minds? With a beer in hand and some nibbles within reach our guests, each from their own background, will share their findings.”

In the Bar Talk following Nástio Mosquito’s performance, guest speaker BAK artistic director Maria Hlavajova shares her thoughts on the performance, the artist, and the relationships between Mosquito’s practice and the work of BAK.

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workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.

18 April 2019, 19.00-21.00

Special Viewing: Seven Addresses (2019)

Op 18 april 2019 om 19.00 uur is er bij Het Utrechts Archief een speciale openstelling van het werk Zeven adressen (2019) van kunstenaarsduo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen. De kunstenaars zijn deze avond aanwezig bij de tentoonstelling. Het werk is onderdeel van de tweedelige tentoonstelling The People Are the City, georganiseerd door BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in het Stadskantoor Utrecht (te zien t/m 2 mei 2019) en Het Utrechts Archief (te zien t/m 5 mei 2019).

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The People Are the City

The People Are the City is a two-part exhibition which takes place in the public areas of the Municipal Offices of the City of Utrecht and at The Utrecht Archives. The exhibition at the Utrecht City Office reflects on the extraordinary coming together of the people of Utrecht in the collective performance What Is the City but the People? on 15 September last year. The second part of the show, on display at The Utrecht Archives, presents the new work Seven Addresses (2019) by artists’ duo Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen.

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Undercurrents

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