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

Exhibitionary

Screening

15 July 2021, 18.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering VI: Invisible Bridges

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

Taking place on Thursday 15 July 2021, the sixth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s Reason’s Oxymorons (2015) and a conversation between Kader Attia (Berlin) and Stefania Pandolfo (medical anthropologist, Berkeley, CA).

Screening

24 June 2021, 17.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering V: The Object’s Interlacing

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

Taking place on Thursday 24 June 2021, the fifth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s The Object’s Interlacing (2020), followed by a conversation between Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosopher New York/Dakar) and Wayne Modest (material culture curator and researcher, Amsterdam/Rotterdam).

Education Program

21 June, 19.00–7 July, 21.00 2021

Course: Art as Politics

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

A new edition of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 2021. The course, taught by BAK’s Maria Hlavajova, brings those involved and/or interested in art, theory, and social action into collective conversation.