Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–12 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

An exhibition as a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise

  • Jeanne van Heeswijk, Philadelphia Assembled (PHLA) City Panorama, 2017, photo courtesy Studio Jeanneworks

With great pride and excitement, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht announces Trainings for the Not-Yet, a project convened by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk. An exhibition that unfolds through a series of trainings in civic engagement, radical collectivity, and active empowerment, the project brings together collaborators from various fields and communities to create and practice alternative imaginings of being together in the face of the pressing emergencies that shape the world today.

Opening: Saturday 14 September, 17 hrs
Opening weekend, with special program The City Staircase: Saturday 14 September, 13–00 hrs and Sunday 15 September, 12–18 hrs (scroll down for more info) | Facebook event

In response to BAK’s question, how to be together otherwise? and in spite of the threatening amalgamate of the ecological, political, social, and economic emergencies that define the present, van Heeswijk proposes to shift the emphasis from emergency to emergence. Seeking to radicalize the possibility of BAK as not only an art institution but a truly collectively shared basis from within which the contours of another world and another future of the not-yet can emerge, the artist turns it into a site of transversal community-to-community exchange and trainings, aligning the “fields” of social action, art, and theory. Over the course of nearly a year, van Heeswijk has reached out to a myriad of individuals and communities across geographies, practices, movements, and “disciplines.” Some of these encounters have taken place as public assemblies in an ongoing series BAK, basis voor… (such as BAK, basis voor New Women Connectors and BAK, basis voor Extinction Rebellion), joining forces with movements and organizations in tackling shared urgencies and developing alternative propositions.  

The forthcoming culmination of this trajectory, Trainings for the Not-Yet, is an exhibition that evolves througha series of trainings organized in weekly chapters. The trainings range from “dreamscaping” to radical listening, from creating sanctuary to enacting radical care, from fighting housing struggles to building solidarity economies, and from composing intersectional alliances to becoming collective. They take place amid and with artworks by van Heeswijk as well as by an array of international artists engaged in social change and modeling collectivity. Van Heeswijk sees these works as learning objects. Meant to be used and accommodated by and in the trainings, they are living repositories of knowledges, stories, and experiences; the tools-in-wait for activation in difficult conversations and joyful praxis; and the archives of past and future anticipations of what “we” want to become when practicing visions of transformative justice, equality, dignity and love, care, resilience, collective power and sharing, and the relationality spawning alternative possibilities. Van Heeswijk’s works include objects and environments from some of her pivotal past and ongoing projects, including Philadelphia Assembled, Philadelphia, 2014–2017; Homebaked, Liverpool, 2010–ongoing; and Public Faculty Series, various locations, 2008–ongoing. Other learning objects comprise works such as Patricia Kaersenhout’s Formats of Care in Times of Violence, 2019; Adelita Husni-Bey’s Agency, 2014; Carmen Papalia’s, White Cane Amplified, 2015; Ultra-red’s Protocols for the Sound of Freedom, 2012; Black Quantum Futurism, Time Travel Experiments, 2017; and Adrian Pipers’s Funk Lessons, 1983, among others.

The ongoing series of (daily) trainings, each modest in scale, surface intermittently in large-scale public gatherings, including a week-long series of trainings, lectures, and panels that seek to understand and act upon the current culture wars Propositions #9: Deserting from the Culture Wars, 13–17 November 2019 (co-convened with Sven Lütticken), as well as a series of panels and seminars Instituting Otherwise, 6–7 December 2019, that implements the learnings from Trainings for the Not-Yet into the civic, solidarity-driven praxis of BAK as a public cultural institute working at the intersection of art, theory, and social action.

Jeanne Van Heeswijk is an artist whose projects seek to encourage and realize citizen engagement in shaping environments, while transcending the traditional boundaries of art. Van Heeswijk is a BAK 2018/2019 Research Fellow as part of the post-academic BAK Fellowship Program.  

Opening weekend: 14-15 September 2019, The City Staircase
We kick-off the opening weekend of Trainings for the Not-Yet with the special project The City Staircase: a two-day program of conversations with and by Utrechters on their concerns about, and ideas for, the future of their city. Trainings for the Not-Yet can be visited free of charge during the opening weekend.

Saturday 14 September 2019
13.00 hrs:      free entrance to Trainings for the Not-Yet
17:00 hrs:      official opening
18.00 hrs:      start The City Staircase
00.00 hrs:      end

Sunday 15 September 2019
12:00 hrs:      The City Staircase, free entrance to Trainings for the Not-Yet
18:00 uur:      end

The opening weekend of Trainings for the Not-Yet coincides with the festive opening of the new cultural season in the city, Utrecht Uitfeest.

The City Staircase is a project by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and Jeanne van Heeswijk in collaboration with Utrecht in Dialoog and Gabriel Erlach.

Jeanne van Heeswijk in collaboration with Laura Raicovich, Adelita Husni-Bey, Patricia Kaersenhout, Shumaila Anwar (Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion & Peace (IDIP)), Habiba Chrifi-Hammoudi, Joy Mariama Smith, Adrian Piper, Denise Valentine, Nancy Jouwe, Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips), Chloë Bass, Beatrice Catanzaro, Kolar Aparna, Mehbratu Efrem Gebreab, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh (Arab Image Foundation), Clara Balaguer and Gabriel Fontana, Fran Ilich, Jun Saturay, Ying Que, Bakudapan Food Study Group, Michael Rakowitz, Afrikaanderwijk Coöperatie, Superuse Studios,  Freehouse, De Voorkamer (Pim van der Mijl and Shay Raviv), W.A.G.E, Philadelphia Assembled (Toward Sanctuary Dome), Staci Bu Shea (Casco Art Institute), Laced-up Project (Sarah Mobley and Maaike van Dooren), Whitney Stark, Carmen Papalia, Zein Nakhoda, Homebaked Community Land Trust (Britt Jurgensen), Homebaked Bakery (Angela McKay), Homegrown Collective (Samantha Jones), Selçuk Balamir (de Nieuwe Meent, Code Rood), Joska Ottjes (Bond Precaire Woonvormen), Irene Calabuch Miron, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Refugee collective We Are Here, Elke Uitentuis, Abdulaal Hussein and Paul de Bruyne, New Women Connectors, Lieneke Dwars, Stranded FM, Welkom in Utrecht, Gabriel Erlach, Sydney Sinkamba, Ultra-red, Mustapha Seray Bah (Stichting Mowad), Goldsmith.Company, and Extinction Rebellion Utrecht

Trainings Schedule [Update: 6 August]
We are thrilled to share the preliminary schedule for Trainings for the Not-Yet. These community-to-community trainings, with artists, organizers, activists, dancers, cooks, and more, take place every week, Wednesdays–Sundays (with exceptions) between 14–18 hrs at BAK and are accompanied by a collective dinner (on weekdays, 18–19 hrs) and lunch (on weekends, 13–14 hrs) at the Basic Activist Kitchen.  Detailed descriptions of the trainings, as well as information on how to take part, follow shortly.

Week 0
9–13 September 2019
Furniture for the Not-Yet

Training with Superuse Studios: furniture construction with reusable materials (a preliminary event for the program organizers, part of the preparation period for Trainings for the Not-Yet)

Week 1
18–22 September 2019
ProsceniumPerforming Institutions

Training with Adelita Husni-Bey: participatory performance, role play, creative writing, and discussion

Week 2
26–29 September 2019
Unforgetting & Reconnecting: Story Mapping
Training with Nancy Jouwe and Denise Valentine: mapping timelines, street names, landmarks, oral histories, archival material, and personal histories

Week 3
2–6 October 2019
Mad About Study
Training with Joy Mariama Smith: collective reading and writing, conversations, somatics, movement research, karaoke, and more, culminating in a dance party and public intervention on Saturday 5 October 2019

Week 4
9–12 October 2019
Each Step Yields Depth

Training with Chloë Bass: cooking, recipe writing, storytelling, dialogue, translation, language-learning, language-teaching, with public supper on Sunday 13 October 2019

9 & 11 October 2019
More than Friends

Training with Staci Bu Shea: presentation, dialogue, and physical movement

Week 5
16–20 October 2019

Training with Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) (Britt Jurgensen), De Nieuwe Meent (Selçuk Balamir), de Kasko (Joska Ottjes), Refugee Collective We Are Here, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and Irene Calabuch Miron

Week 6
22–26 October 2019
Open Access: Organizing Accessibility from the Grassroots
Training with Carmen Papalia: dialogue, embodied movement, non-visual mapping, creative writing, exercising non-visual senses, and sign and banner making

Week 7
28–30 October 2019
A Week By & For: Designing Inclusive Spaces
Training with De Voorkamer: food, spatial, textile, and media design, as well as poetry, storytelling, music, creative activism, and more, with a public get-together on Sunday 3 November 2019

1–2 November 2019
Symposium with New Women Connectors
More information to follow soon.

Week 8
6–9 November 2019
(New) Formats of Care in Times of Violence
Training with Patricia Kaersenhout: storytelling, dialogue, embroidery, and spiritual healing

Week 9
13–17 November 2019
Propositions #9: Deserting from the Culture Wars
Symposium and training with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, co-convened with Sven Lütticken

Week 10
20–23 November 2019
Community Futurisms
Training with Black Quantum Futurism

Week 11
27 November–1 December 2019
Queer and Feminist
Physical and Critical
Self-Defense and Support
Bloc of Bodies
Training with a subdivision of To Be Determined (Clara Balaguer and Gabriel Fontana): deep listening, voice activation, team forming, and physical exercises to map limits and define strategies for protecting bodies

Week 12
4–8 December 2019
Instituting Otherwise

Training and symposium with Maria Hlavajova and Laura Raicovich: reimagining and reworking art institutions

Week 13
11–15 December 2019

Exploring Untimely Togetherness
Training with Beatrice Catanzaro, co-facilitated with Kolar Aparna, and with additional contribution by Mehbratu Efrem Gebreab

Week 14
17–22 December 2019
Kitchen Atlases

Training with Bakudapan
More information to follow soon.

Please note, additional collaborations take place throughout the training weeks, with among others: Afrikaanderwijk Coöperatie, Urban Front, Le Guess Who? (Angel Bat Dawid),  Shumaila Anwar (Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion & Peace-IDIP), Laced-Up project (Sarah Mobley and Maaike van Dooren), Utrecht in Dialoog, Habiba Chrifi-Hammoudi (U-Centraal), Abdulaal Hussein, Stranded FM, Welkom in Utrecht, Gabriel Erlach, Mustapha Seray Bah (Stichting Mowad), Extinction Rebellion Utrecht, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh (Arab Image Foundation) and Fran Ilich.

Trainings for the Not-Yet
is part of the long-term BAK research itinerary Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing) and has been made possible by generous contributions by: Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; the City Council, Utrecht; VSBfonds, Utrecht; BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Amsterdam; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam; K.F. Hein Fund, Utrecht; and Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Utrecht.

Trainings for the Not-Yet has been made possible by a generous support by VSBfonds. VSBfonds supports, in the form of donations, practical knowledge, and networks, initiatives by and for anyone that wants to actively participate in Dutch society. Emerging out of the more than 200 year-old nonprofit Maatschappij tot Nut van ‘t Algemeen, it aims to involve all citizens in society. The fund wants to contribute to self-reliance and social cohesion in our country by supporting social and cultural projects and providing scholarships. The aims are to let everyone establish their place in our diverse society and for people to grow, learn, and live with one another; hence the motto of the fund: “everybody participates.” VSBfonds is one of the largest private equity funds in the Netherlands. The fund has been in existence since 1990 and offers 26 million euros in donations each year to invest in the quality of Dutch society.

Van Heeswijk wishes to acknowledge Matteo Lucchetti, Francesca Masoero, Sanne Karssenberg, Damon Reaves, Cease Wyss, and the BAK 2018/2019 Fellows for their vital contributions to the development of this project.

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