Panel Discussion

17 December 2005

On Imagining (options and strategies of resistance)

“Do writers know what they are talking about?” a diplomat asks a writer in Jean-Luc Godard’s film Notre Musique (2004). “Of course not,” says the writer and he continues stating conversely, “those who act never have the ability to say or think adequately about what they do.” In the context of his philosophical treatise on war, is Godard actually making a proposition about the role of artistic and intellectual production vis-à-vis the complex political, social, and economic conditions in the present-day world? And if so, does he indirectly appeal to the very capacity of art to imagine what the world could potentially become, rather than claim to know what it is? Invited guests on the panel present research and projects that closely examine the position and character of critical artistic and intellectual practices, and attempt to rearticulate connections between the aesthetic and the political. They discuss how art can contribute to the possibility of emancipation from the current order of the world by questioning the general consensus and dominant political hegemonies. The panelists offer their views on how artists and intellectuals can offer different visions by means of employing the creative force to counterbalance the “endless destructive energy” (Notre Musique) of our age.

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibition

10 March 2019–05 January 2020

BAK, basis voor…

In the series BAK, basis voor…, BAK joins forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for “being together otherwise.” The series is part of the preparatory phase of the forthcoming project Trainings for the Not-Yet, organized by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK from September 2019–January 2020.

Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–05 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

Together with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, starting September 2019. The project consists of an exhibition as a series of “community learnings,” performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In the framework of this project, intensive collaborations with (inter)national artists, theorists, and activists take place, as well as collaborations with initiatives and communities based (mainly) in Utrecht.

Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.