Screening

08 October–03 December 2011

Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere public program: film screenings and discussions curated by Christina Li

Film still from A Kind of Paradise with artist Kiluanji Kia Henda, director: Andreas Johnson, 2011

Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere is a film-based public program of screenings and discussions that accompanies the exhibition Spacecraft Icarus 13: Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere at BAK. The program presents alternative accounts of the impact of sociopolitical changes brought about by western-driven discourses of progress and modernity in the so-called “Third World.” These filmic voices from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which emerged after decolonization, are also known as “Third Cinema.” Distinctively different in technique and content from mainstream cinema, the variety of formats presented within this program spans from documentaries to epics, and highlights the articulation of aesthetic and political concerns within Third Cinema from the 1960s to the present day. Using cinema as a space of self-representation and transformation, these films articulate cultural and political critiques of today’s realities and reflect on historical processes such as projects of nation-building, which are often seen as a continuation of the West’s imperialistic impulses. As a counter voice, these practices elicit new models and possibilities in articulating other visions of the past, present, and future.

Venue: Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht.

The program Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere is curated by Christina Li and organized within the framework of the project FORMER WEST.

Program

8 October 2011, 14.00–18.00 hrs
Bypasses to Modernity
with contributions by Wang Hui (Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing); Nick Deocampo (filmmaker, film historian, and director of the Center for New Cinema, Manila); and Luis Ospina (filmmaker, Cali, Colombia).

22 October 2011, 11.00–19.30 hrs
Against Amnesia and Apathy
film screening of Lav Diaz’s Melancholia (2008)

5 November 2011, 14.00–17.00 hrs
Excavating a Cinematic Future
contribution by Keiko Sei (founder of Myanmar Moving Image Center, writer, and curator, Bangkok).

19 November 2011, 14.00–17.00 hrs
The Political Carnivalesque
film screening of Glauber Rocha’s Entranced Earth (1967) and a lecture by Wendelien van Oldenborgh (artist, Rotterdam).

3 December 2011, 14.00–17.00 hrs
Revisions of African Representation
film afternoon curated by Kiluanji Kia Henda (artist, Luanda).

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 2019–12 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.