Welcome and Notes on Propositions #1: What We Mean
Photo: Tom Janssen
Opening comments for Propositions #1: What We Mean, by Maria Hlavajova and Matteo Luchetti.
31 May 2018
On the evening of Thursday 31 May 2018, BAK opens its doors and the exhibition First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony, and Anger. A guided tour of the exhibition is given by the curator of the exhibition, Matteo Lucchetti.
17 May 2018, 14.00-16.30
As part of the weeklong program Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis, 2017/2018 BAK Fellows Isshaq Al-Barbary and Diego Segatto (Campus in Camps) lead a workshop at BAK.
25 November 2017
Propositions #2: Assemblism is a day-long gathering that addresses the current rise of the new authoritarian world order, and the millions of bodies that have gathered in resistance in liberated autonomous zones, occupied buildings, city squares, prisons, and cultural spaces to collectively enact a different demand for egalitarian society.
Talks and conversations
10 February 2018
Propositions #3: Art as Commitment is the third convening platform in BAK’s long-term research series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020), prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of historical and contemporary fascisms in our present.
19 May 2018
Propositions #5: First Person Plural takes place on 19 May 2018 as part of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and is dedicated to the many legacies of 1968 as they continue 50 years later.
17 March 2018
This is the fourth performative conference within the series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). With contributions by Larne Abse Gogarty, Kader Attia, Angela Dimitrakaki and iLiana Fokianaki, Morgan Quaintance, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Harry Weeks, and Giovanna Zapperi.
7 October 2017
Propositions #1: What We Mean begins from an urgency for—and uncertainty about—what living in non-fascist ways could and does mean.
BAK Summer School 2017
17-21 July 2017
The BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.
BAK Summer School 2018
16-20 July 2018
Applications are now open for BAK Summer School: Art and Practice in the Otherwise. This is an advanced, interdisciplinary course that brings together those involved in arts, academia, and activisms to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times.
public editorial meeting
16-17 May 2014
Under the title Other Survivalisms, on 16 and 17 May 2014 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts the second installment of its public editorial meetings geared towards the realization of the forthcoming FORMER WEST publication
15-24 November 2013
Educational platform realized with the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines.
29 November–08 December 2013
Educational platform realized with the collective of refugees We Are Here.
13-22 December 2013
Educational platform realized with international Pirate Parties.
17-19 October 2014
Educational platform realized with the National Liberation Movement of Azawad (MNLA).
21 October 2014–30 May 2015
Educational platform realized with the Kurdish Women’s Movement, ongoing 2014–2015.
13 February–29 December 2014
The project Future Vocabularies is initiated in 2014 with an opening vocabulary entry on survival. It is envisioned as a foundational sequence, evolving over the course of the full year and made up of multiple conceptual narratives from which to draw the subsequent themes and methods for both thinking and acting.
05 February–29 November 2015
Realized in collaboration with BAK Research Fellow Rosi Braidotti and the BAK team, this semestral program outlines potential artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries of working through the contemporary realities, and attempts to create an understanding of the altered meanings of art vis-à-vis such critical present-day developments.
23 September 2014–01 May 2016
A long-term collaboration between BAK and Centraal Museum exploring various collaborative possibilities to rethink the mission of the art institution in today’s rapidly changing global condition.
08 September 2015–24 June 2017
In 2016–2017, BAK dedicates a series of discursive, educational, and exhibitionary projects to the notion of the institution and how to, amidst contemporary challenges, “institute otherwise.”
16 May 2018, 14.00-16.30
As part of the weeklong program Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis, 2017/2018 BAK Fellow Sepake Angiama leads a writing workshop at BAK.
12 May–22 July 2018
This exhibition features works by artists Doug Ashford, Sven Augustijnen, Tala Madani, Liz Magic Laser, Eva and Franco Mattes, Otobong Nkanga, and Sarah Vanhee, as well as a library space conceived by 2017/2018 BAK Fellow Sepake Angiama.