18 April 2019, 19.00-21.00

Special Viewing: Seven Addresses (2019)

Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Seven Addresses, 2019, installation exhibition The People Are the City by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht at The Utrecht Archives, 2019, photo: Tom Janssen

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst organizes a special viewing of a new work Seven Addresses (2019) by artist duo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, co-commissioned by BAK and Centraal Museum Utrecht and presented in the exhibition The People Are the City. The viewing in the presence of the artists takes place on Thursday 18 April 2019 at 19 hrs at The Utrecht Archives and follows the opening of the exhibition Stuff Matters by Jessica Stockholder at Centraal Museum Utrecht.

The current BAK exhibition The People Are the City takes place in two venues: the Utrecht City Office (on view until 2 May 2019) and the Utrecht Archives (on view until 5 May 2019).

Location: The Utrecht Archives, Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht
Entrance: free of charge

In their sculptures, installations, movies, and performances, Sander Breure (1985, Leiderdorp) and Witte van Hulzen (1984, Bolsward) focus on human behavior and the relationships between people. “Our work is always a portrait of people,” the duo says. Previously, for example, they created the performance How can we know the dancer from the dance? (2016) Utrecht Centraal Station. For six months, actors performed a choreography based on the movements and behaviors of the travelers who make their way through such public spaces on a daily basis.

By special invitation from BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and Centraal Museum Utrecht, Breure and Van Hulzen created a new work in response to the performance What Is the City but the People? The duo attended the rehearsals and talked to the participants about their reasons for performing in this urban self-portrait. Seven of the participants they visited at their homes and got to know further.

For the installation Seven Addresses, Breure and Van Hulzen chose the genre of the still life as the form to portray the participants. The still life is a genre within painting and a close-up of carefully arranged everyday objects. However, the genre, which emerged in the sixteenth century, also had a strong metaphorical signification; it hid, for example, lessons in the form of allegory, reminded us of our mortality, or offered the client the opportunity to show off his possessions. At the homes of these seven citizens of Utrecht, Breure and Van Hulzen filmed the still lifes of today: the coffee maker, for example, the lunch table, but also the cluttered corner. The simple, stilled sequence of images are only occasionally disrupted by a performative moment. These are scenes based on the memories of the protagonists. In this moment, we suddenly and briefly get to know the residents of these specific addresses in an unexpected and unusual way.

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Education Program

8-26 June 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Open Call closed]

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: Open Call now closed].

13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

[WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

Come to BAK on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March for two public programs as part of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), a self-organized, international gathering of practitioners, scholars, and organizers from transdisciplinary realms of art and education. With, on the Friday, a conversation between Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, and Abbas Zahedi; and on the Saturday a screening and a lecture by Jihan El-Tahri. With introductions by Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova.

Gathering

7 March 2020, 20.00-23.00

BAK, basis voor Yallah Sabaya

Special International Women's Day edition

On Saturday 7 March 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a special International Women’s Day edition of Yallah Sabaya! Yallah Sabaya (“Come ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening where dance and music connect women from all over the world. All women, no matter where they are from, are welcome on […]

Public Studies

19 March, 15.00–21 March, 18.00 2020

Public Studies: Practice as Theory [CANCELLED]

A three day workshop with artist Tony Cokes, in the framework of exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals

[UPDATE 13 March: We are sad to announce that, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, this event is now cancelled for 19-21 March 2020. We are looking into postponing it and will update our website and social media as soon as we know more]. As a part of the exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as […]