Exhibitionary

7 October 2017

Public Smog, 2004–2017

Wallpaper, video presentation

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

Public Smog is a clean-air park in the atmosphere that fluctuates in location and scale. The park is constructed through financial, legal, and political activities that open it for public use. Since 2004, these include purchasing and withholding greenhouse gas emission offsets in California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District and the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), and ongoing efforts to inscribe Earth’s atmosphere on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Public Smog is subject to prevailing winds and the long-range transport of aerosols and gases. Here on show are a newly commissioned indoor billboard with the sky of Utrecht and a video chronicle of the project.

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

Suggestions from the archive

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.

Education Program

8-29 October 2019

Course: Instituting Otherwise (BAK Public Studies)

Part of BAK Public Studies, the course Instituting Otherwise, which takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 8–29 October 2019, focuses on the possibilities of the (art) institution within and in spite of the current political predicament. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 2 October 2019.

Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.