Debate, Presentation

3 June 2016, 14.00

Un(fore)seen Cultures: Mapping the Urban Contemporary in Hong Kong and the Netherlands

On Friday 3 June 2016 BAK hosts Un(fore)seen Cultures. A result of the research exchange between students from the Humanities Honours Program (Utrecht University) and the Common Core Ambassadors (Hong Kong University), the afternoon presents a series of projects that aim to explore urban life in the 21st century. With a keen interest in all forms of otherness—often invisible, yet in every way present in the city today—the event invites a rethinking of the urban contemporary from refugees and immigrants, to the rise of the digital, to the many different virtual futures as we’ve sensed them at work in Hong Kong and in the Netherlands. With student presentations, a roundtable discussion with prominent guests, and a debate on the urban im/possible, the aim of the day is to realize a research lab on the un(fore)seen negotiations that make the city today.

With contributions by: all the students that are part of the research exchange between Utrecht University and Hong Kong University; Maria Hlavajova (BAK); Yoonis Osman Nuur (We Are Here); prof. Gray Kochhar Lindgren (Hong Kong University); and others.

Chaired by: dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)

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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.