Performative

7 October 2017, 12.00-12.30

Manufacturing Mischiefs (working title), 2017

Script reading with actors, masks

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

Manufacturing Mischiefs is a script reading from a series of puppet sketches by artist Pedro Reyes. Reyes believes “jokes are a sort of airbag that cushions the collision of reality with your expectation of reality, laughter explodes simultaneously with the collision of ideology and realpolitik.”

Featuring Noam Chomsky, Karl Marx, Ayn Rand, Donald Trump, and Elon Musk, this episode comments on the connections between techno-optimism and right-wing ideologies, pervasive in the United States and a primary source of Trumpism. This ideological screwball comedy interweaves issues of the destruction of labor by automation, artificial “intelligence,” and the menace of nuclear apocalypse.

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

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Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers a rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 29 June & 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16 July 2020.
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8 June, 19.00–25 June, 21.00 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Open Call closed]

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

BAK Public Studies offers the new online course Art as Politics. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 June 2020, 19–21 hrs CET. [Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked].