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)

In collaboration with

Suggestions from the archive

Lecture

10 June 2021

Fragments of Repair/Gathering IV: On Decolonial Aesthesis

Taking place on 10 June 2021, the fourth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, On Decolonial Aesthesis, consists of a talk by researcher and decolonial thinker Rolando Vázquez (Utrecht), followed by a conversation between Vázquez and political theorist, feminist, and decolonial activist Françoise Vergès (Paris).

Lecture

13 May 2021, 18.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering III: Utopianism, Anti-Utopianism, and the Radical Politics of Chronotopian Ungovernability

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

The third gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, titled Utopianism, Anti-Utopianism, and the Radical Politics of Chronotopian Ungovernability, consists of a talk by political and ethical theorist Omedi Ochieng (Granville, OH), followed by a conversation between Ochieng and BAK’s curator of public practice Rachael Rakes (Utrecht).

Exhibition

Screening

2 May 2021, 14.30-16.30

Fragments of Repair/Gathering II: The Body’s Legacies, Pt. 2: The Postcolonial Body (online)

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

The second gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s work The Body’s Legacies, Pt. 2: The Postcolonial Body (video, 2018, 48 min.), followed by a conversation between Olivier Marboeuf (writer, critic, and curator, Paris) and Ruth Wilson Gilmore (abolitionist scholar and activist, Lisbon).