Lecture-Performance, Performative

7 October 2017, 20.00-20.30

Whatever Floats Our Boats, 2017

Photo: Tom Janssen

Whatever Floats Our Boats sketches a decolonial positioning of Curaçao on the world stage in the twentieth century. Artist and BAK 2017–2018 Fellow Quinsy Gario presents three instances of resistance to colonial and dictatorial practices on and via the Dutch Caribbean island that had international consequences.

Through archival photos, videos, and family stories Gario presents actions of Venezuelan revolutionaries, exiled Portuguese soldiers, and black Curaçao dockworkers that impacted militarization in the Caribbean, the decolonization of Lusophone Africa, and the independence of Surinam. Through images from the archive of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, found archival footage on YouTube, and oral histories, another lens is proposed for looking at the political significance of the island.

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

Suggestions from the archive

Public program

14 November 2021

Music as Spectral Infrastructure: Day Two

Day two as part of the two day program Music as Spectral Infrastructure, part of Le Guess Who? 2021, considers the sound system as a form of spectral infrastructure, and how anti-colonial resistance to racial capitalism was channeled through sound system music such as dub, house, techno, and jungle.

Public Program

Course

12 October–16 November 2021

Course: Art as Politics

Art as Politics is 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.

Introductions