Learning

13 February–05 June 2014

Learning Place: Curating the Political

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


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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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Education Program

26 October–30 November 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 26 October & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 November 2020. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Exhibition

30 September–11 October 2020

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show: If Not Now

From 30 September–11 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts If Not Now, the graduation exhibition of the 2018−2020 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, curated by Katia Krupennikova.