Exhibition

10 March–27 May 2007

The Day After Yesterday

Roman Ondák, Lucky Day, 2006, photograph from the film set

In the exhibition The Day after Yesterday Roman Ondák shows three new works, which register performative moments he instigated in order to negotiate another kind of a future through “non-events”—subtle detours from the everyday. The Day After Yesterday, 2005, is a diptych that consists of newspaper cut-out and a photograph. The photograph shows a re-enactment of a “scene” coincidentally photographed for the newspaper, in which Ondák’s family walks through a dilapidated neighborhood under rapid renovation. In order to seek ways in which “reality” could be perfected, Ondák invites his family to re-stage this situation, although this time they are walking in the opposite direction, toward the viewer. The video The Stray Man, 2006, documents a man walking past a building. The ordinariness of the situation notwithstanding, the man cannot resist the attraction of the building’s street level windows. Despite his attempts to continue along the street, the potential promise of other possibilities prompt him to return daily to engage in this ritual of searching for the unknown time and time again. Lucky Day, 2006, is a 16 mm film installation in which Ondák explores the contemporary possibilities of “pilgrimage” in a secular context. The film follows a man who tosses a large amount of coins into a fountain, in a somewhat grandiose gesture of “applying” for luck. As such, the work puts individual agency to the test against institutionalized systems of belief. In all three works, the adventure of discovery, and of gaining knowledge into how things are, function as a starting point for engaging the viewer in a dialogue about what might happen if one takes another route, both literally and metaphorically. It is from here, Ondák suggests, that a new space of imagination can emerge.

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is proud to have had the opportunity to produce the film installation Lucky Day. In this exhibition Roman Ondák shows three new works, which register performative moments he instigated in order to negotiate another kind of a future through “non-events”—subtle detours from the everyday.

Publications

book
Roman Ondák

newsletter
Roman Ondák: The Day After Yesterday

exhibition text
The Day After Yesterday

Program

lecture
19.04.2007 20.00 hrs
Roman Ondák: The Day After Yesterday

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibitionary

Screening

15 July 2021, 18.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering VI: Invisible Bridges

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

Taking place on Thursday 15 July 2021, the sixth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s Reason’s Oxymorons (2015) and a conversation between Kader Attia (Berlin) and Stefania Pandolfo (medical anthropologist, Berkeley, CA).

Screening

24 June 2021, 17.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering V: The Object’s Interlacing

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

Taking place on Thursday 24 June 2021, the fifth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s The Object’s Interlacing (2020), followed by a conversation between Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosopher New York/Dakar) and Wayne Modest (material culture curator and researcher, Amsterdam/Rotterdam).

Education Program

21 June, 19.00–7 July, 21.00 2021

Course: Art as Politics

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

A new edition of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 2021. The course, taught by BAK’s Maria Hlavajova, brings those involved and/or interested in art, theory, and social action into collective conversation.