Performative conference

7 October 2017

Propositions #1: What We Mean

  • Luigi Coppola, Popolazione Evolutiva (Evolutionary Population), Castiglione d'Otranto, Italy, 2016. Photo: F. Quarta Colosso

  • Schiphol airport cleaners prepare their banners and placards during the cleaners’ strike January 2014. Photo: Matthijs de Bruijne

  • Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Cinema Olanda, 2017, production still, photo: Daria Scagliola

  • Otobong Nkanga, Preliminary Recipe for a Support System, digital drawing, collage and acrylic on paper, 2016–2017

  • Marinella Senatore, Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration (Accoustic Version), 2016–ongoing, performance during Propositions #1: What We Mean on 7 October 2017. Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016, single-channel HD digital video projection, colour, sound. Photo: Kader Attia, courtesy of the artist, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger, Lehmann Maupin, and Galerie Nagel Draxler.

  • Hiwa K, Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue), 2017, digital video, color, sound, courtesy the artist and KOW, Berlin

  • Amy Balkin, PUBLIC SMOG IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DIRECT ACTION, billboard, Bonamoussadi, Douala, Cameroon, 2009. (Photo: Benoît Mangin, courtesy of the artist)

  • Tania Bruguera. Awareness Ribbon for Immigrant Respect Campaign, 2011. Awareness campaign. Metal pin, photograph: Camilo Godoy. Courtesy of Immigrant Movement International

  • Yael Bartana, What If Women Ruled the World, 2016, neon, 150.7 x 58.8 cm, Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam

  • Angela Dimitrakaki and Antonia Majaca in collaboration with Sanja Iveković, Art Of The Possible: Towards An Antifascist Feminist Front, 2017. Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Ahmet Ogüt during Propositions #1: What We Mean on 7 October 2017, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Danilo Correale, Reverie: On the Liberation from Work, 2017, audio record, each side 21:20 min., installation view

  • Koki Tanaka, Provisional Studies: Workshop #7 How to live together, and sharing the unknown, 2017, action, workshop, and video documentation

  • View of tent settlement in Çınar camp, Diyarbakir, 2016, photo: Pelin Tan

  • Film Poster of Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames, 1983, reprinted in The Independent: Film and Video Monthly, November 1983

  • Ola Hassanain, Back and Forth: Gender Politics and Khartoum, Dialogue 1, 2016, video still. Courtesy the artist

  • Karrabing Film Collective, Night Time Go, 2017

  • Karrabing Film Collective, Wutharr: Saltwater Dreams, 2015, film still

  • Photo: Tom Janssen

  • Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischiefs (Working Title), 2017, Propositions for Non-Fascist Living #1: What We Mean, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 7 October 2017, photo: Tom Janssen

Propositions #1: What We Mean begins from an urgency for—and uncertainty about—what living in non-fascist ways could and does mean. The gathering takes place in a makeshift environment amid the renovation of BAK’s new venue. Through impromptu artworks, lectures, readings, discussions, screenings, performances, and explorations of the assembly—of being together—as an art form, Propositions #1: What We Mean practices art as thought and action intervening in the contemporary. Artistic interventions and the screening program remain on view Sunday 8 October 2017.

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