13 February–29 December 2014

 

Survival

  • Aernout Mik, Cardboard Walls, 2013, installation view. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

  • The Revolution is Without Frontiers, photo by Moussa Ag Assarid

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.

Unlike the semesters that follow, each of which entails collaboration with an individual fellow, the inaugural term brings together a number of artists and theorists from several of BAK’s key past and ongoing projects. In this way, we wish to draw a line of continuity from within both our dialogues with our publics and our archive of knowledge, composed in various collective collaborative constellations, into the unknown of the future.

Brought together under the common denominator of (rethinking) survival, the project attempts to act out concrete propositions that explore the “conditions of possibility” from within what is largely considered the crisis-ridden, ruinous folds of today—working not against, but “in spite of the times” we live in.

Exhibitions

02.03.–29.06.2014
Cardboard Walls

01.11.–28.12.2014
In the Stomach of the Predators

Learning place

13.02.–05.06.2014
Learning Place: Curating the Political

09.10.–18.12.2014
Learning Place: Art Amid The Contemporary Disquiet

Publications & texts

Exhibition text
Future Vocabularies: Survival
by Maria Hlavajova

Suggestions from the archive

Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

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).

Exhibition

30 March–05 May 2019

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.

Exhibition

31 October–31 December 2004

Cordially Invited, episode 3

Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

Exhibition

Lecture

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Lecture Program

12 November–17 December 2005

Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a dynamic, informal forum for reflection about what is behind the contemporary state of warfare. It is developed as an equal parallel to the exhibition Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality.