Learning

13 February–05 June 2014

Learning Place: Curating the Political

educational platform with MaHKU, Utrecht and MAR, KABK, The Hague

Learning Place (LP) is BAK’s key educational platform and a site of talent development. It is conceived as a series of learning, interactions, and gatherings parallel to the main research and program trajectory of BAK, so that the participants fully benefit from, and contribute to, primary research into the conceptual urgencies that drive BAK’s work; exchange directly with artists, scholars, and activists contributing to BAK projects; and gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day life of a theoretically-driven and politically motivated art organization. It is developed in dialogue with BAK’s fellows and with a variety of MA programs at art academies and universities in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and abroad.

Folded into the multifaceted series Future Vocabularies and its inaugural, yearlong vocabulary entry on survival, a 16-week comprehensive curriculum is realized under the title Survival: Curating the Political. The triad of survival—the political—curating forms the guiding thread of LP and structures the program into three clusters. Daylong weekly sessions in this semester explore artistic and philosophical approaches to the politics of life and negotiations around the conception of survival at the intersections of biology and biography. Morning sessions on art and theory are taught by Maria Hlavajova with various guests; afternoon practicum sessions (each time in clusters of three) are hosted by artists Aernout Mik and Manuel Beltrán, as well Elke Uitentuis and Savannah Koolen together with members of the refugee collective We Are Here Yoonis Osman Nuur and Thomas Philip Guya, among others. Participants engage with the concerns of Future Vocabularies by carrying out collaborative research into new gestures of both power and resistance and organizing a series of changing, makeshift archive-exhibitions at BAK.

The LP Survival: Curating the Political is realized as part of the MA research curriculum at MaHKU, Utrecht and MAR, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague with the following participants: Sharelly Emanuelson, Pierfrancesco Gava, Anna Ioannidi, Annabel Kanaar, Yumemi Kobayashi, Quenton Miller, Sara Pape, Minsun Park, Uzine Park, Ika Putranto, Heekyung Ryu, Sissel Marie Tonn, Clara Turchi, Anne-Marie Twigge, Alejandro Vasquez, Audrey Wang, Yinan Wang, You-Na Wang, and Gayane Yerkanyan.

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Summer School

22-26 July 2019

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics brings together those involved in arts, academia, and social action to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.

Lecture

Education Program

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. 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.

Exhibition

17 March 2018–31 August 2019

Museum as Parliament. The People’s Parliament of Rojava at the Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven opens a space inspired by The People’s Parliament of Rojava, a project of the Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava, Northern-Syria, designed in collaboration with artist Jonas Staal and his New World Summit team. This project would not have been possible without the work of the New World Academy (2013–2016), co-founded by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, and Staal.

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Discursive

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Lecture, Conversation

Learning

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Conversation