Presentation

18 September 2019–07 May 2020

Presentation: The People Are the City

A presentation by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst at the Utrecht City Office, part of the exhibition Op Kunstsafari door Utrecht

What Is the City but the People?, Utrecht, 15 September 2018, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, photo: Tom Janssen

Sicinius: What is the city but the people?
Citizens: True. The people are the city.
—Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, 1605–1608

From 18 September 2019–7 May 2020 [extended from 16 April 2020] BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents The People Are the City at the Utrecht City Office. This presentation, of which a different version was previously shown at the Utrecht City Office and the Utrecht Archives, is part of exhibition Op Kunstsafari door Utrecht: an exhibition that guides visitors past statues, architecture, street art and poetry in the streets, squares and parks of Utrecht. 

The presentation 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 Jaarbeursplein on 15 September 2018. It features portraits and stories of contributors to the project together with a complete video recording of the performance. Following the suggestion of one of the contributors, Mustapha Seray Bah, the exhibition also includes a series of postcards with portrait photos of the contributors, offered to the public to take away or use for posting.

Address
Utrecht City Office (ground floor, to the right)
Stadsplateau 1
3521 AZ Utrecht

Opening Hours
The exhibition can be visited free of charge during the opening hours of the Utrecht City Office:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8–17 hrs
Tuesday & Thursday: 8–20 hrs


The Utrecht-based edition of What Is the City but the People? (2018) was realized at the initiative of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht. The performance was created by the people of Utrecht and directed by Richard Gregory, from an original concept by the artist Jeremy Deller. It was originally produced as a commission by the Manchester International Festival in July 2017.

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Education Program

29 June, 19.00–16 July, 21.00 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers a rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 29 June & 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16 July 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. Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked.

Education Program

8 June, 19.00–25 June, 21.00 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Open Call closed]

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

BAK Public Studies offers the new online course Art as Politics. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies 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.

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 June 2020, 19–21 hrs CET. [Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked].