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

Public program

Education Program

22 March, 18.30–5 April, 21.00 2022

Course: Art as Politics – Fundraiser for Ukraine

An online course that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director. Accepting applications until 20 March 2022.

Education Program

8 February, 18.30–8 March, 21.00 2022

Course: Art as Politics – February/March 2022

An online course that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director. Accepting applications until 23 January 2022.

Public program