Opening: Trainings for the Not-Yet/The City Staircase
Design for The City Staircase, featured in exhibition Trainings for the Not-Yet. By Goldsmith Company.
Come to BAK, basis voor actuele kunst during the weekend of 14–15 September 2019 for the opening of Trainings for the Not-Yet, an exhibition project in collaboration with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk. The project consists of an exhibition with work by Van Heeswijk and several (inter)national artists, daily “trainings”, and weekly lectures, performances and conversations.
The opening weekend takes place during the cultural Uitfeest in Utrecht, and opens with The City Staircase (Het trappenhuis van de stad): a series of conversations with 100 Utrecht residents, on how they envision the future of the city of Utrecht. The official opening moment of Trainings for the Not-Yet takes place at 17 hrs on the Saturday, all are welcome to join! The exhibition and The City Staircase can be visited free of charge the entire weekend.
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.
Saturday 14 September 2019
13.00: free entry Trainings for the Not-Yet
17:00: official opening
18.00: start The City Staircase
Sunday 15 September 2019
12:00: The City Staircase, free entry Trainings for the Not-Yet
More on The City Staircase (Het trappenhuis van de stad)
The City Staircase is a collective endurance performance that takes place over the opening weekend of the project Trainings for the Not-Yet. It unfolds in two parts, each a six-hour relay of conversations with- and between Utrechters about the future of their city.
The project was prompted by a conversation with Gabriel Erlach—a pivotal figure in the cultural life of the city and specifically of its Kanaleneiland neighborhood—who intimated that the staircase in a communal house is the single most important place to imagine and actualize living-in-common. From haphazard encounters to organized house committee meetings, the staircase is where the everyday is woven into the future.
In this work, a key architectural element of BAK’s home—its staircase—lends itself as a staircase for the whole city. Adjusted with an additional stairwell element (realized in collaboration with Klaas van der Molen of Goldsmith.Company that has been renovating BAK in between its public programs), it offers a space for the people of Utrecht—from all walks of life—to come together to deliberate on the concerns and joys that relate to their city, and at the same time advancing propositions to shape its own not-yet.