Program

BAK programming combines the artistic, experiential, theoretical, and political so as to imagine and enact transformative ways, with and through art, of being together otherwise. BAK’s current research trajectory Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020) is prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of fascisms, historical and contemporary. BAK organizes exhibitions, lectures, publications, workshops, and composite performative conferences with exhibitionary, discursive, and performative elements.

Calendar

Current & Upcoming

Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–12 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

Together with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, starting September 2019. The project consists of an exhibition as a series of “community learnings,” performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In the framework of this project, intensive collaborations with (inter)national artists, theorists, and activists take place, as well as collaborations with initiatives and communities based (mainly) in Utrecht.

Discursive

18 September–22 December 2019

Training Program Trainings for the Not-Yet

1. 19–22.09. 2019. Proscenium–Performing Institutions
Training with Adelita Husni-Bey | Tickets
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2. 26–28.09. 2019. Unforgetting & Reconnecting: Story Mapping
Training with Nancy Jouwe en/and Denise Valentine | Tickets
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3. 2–6.10. 2019. Mad About Study
Training with Joy Mariama Smith | Tickets
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4. 9–12.10. 2019. Each Step Yields Depth
Training with Chloë Bass
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5. 9 & 11.2019. More than Friends
Training with Staci Bu Shea
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6. 10.10.2019. Say YES to Consent
Training with Laced-Up Project
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7. 12.10 2019. Care, Accountability, and Relation
Training with Whitney Stark
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8. 16–20.10. 2019. Decommodifying Housing: How to Get There?
Training with Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) (Britt Jürgensen and Marianne Heaslip), De Nieuwe Meent (Selçuk Balamir), de Kasko (Joska Ottjes), Refugee Collective We Are Here, Elke Uitentuis, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and Irene Calabuch Mirón
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9. 16–20.10. 2019. The Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op Autumn School
Training with Fran Ilich
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10. 22–26.10.2019. Open Access: Organizing Accessibility from the Grassroots
Training with Carmen Papalia
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11. 29–31.10 2019 & 3.11.2019. A Week By & For: Designing Inclusive Spaces.
Training with De Voorkamer (Pim van der Mijl en/and Shay Raviv)
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12. 1–2.11. 2019. Voices of New Women
Training with New Women Connectors
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13. 6–9.11. 2019. (New) Formats of Care in Times of Violence
Training with Patricia Kaersenhout
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14. 13–17.11.2019 . Propositions #9: Deserting from the Culture Wars
Trainings, lectures, and panel discussions, co-convened with Sven Lütticken
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15. 20–23.11. 2019. Community Futurisms
Training with Black Quantum Futurism
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16. 27.11–1.12. 2019. An investigation into collective work-processes for self-determination
Training with Hamada al-Joumah and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh
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17. 27.11–1.12. 2019
QFCPSSBBXOXO:
Queer and Feminist
Physical and Critical
Self-Defense and Support
Bloc of Bodies

Training with a subdivision of To Be Determined (Clara Balaguer and Gabriel Fontana)
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18. 4–5.12. 2019. Disrupting Neoliberal Urban Governance: New Organizational Forms for the Immediate Future
Training met/with Urban Front (David Harvey en/and Miguel Robles-Durán)
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19. 6–7.12. 2019. Propositions #10: Instituting Otherwise
Symposium with Maria Hlavajova, Laura Raicovich and others
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20. 11–15.12.2019. Exploring Untimely Togetherness
Training with Beatrice Catanzaro, Kolar Aparna, en/and Mehbratu Efrem Gebreab
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21. 18–22.12. 2019. Training for the Underwater(ed) Land
Training with Qanat
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22. 18–22.12. 2019. Kitchen Atlases
Training with Bakudapan Food Study Group

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.

Training

Training

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.

Summer School

16-20 December 2019

Bratislava BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

The Bratislava BAK Summer School: Art as Politics is a collaborative and intensive learning week in Bratislava from 16–20 December 2019, organized in partnership with Open Studio/ Studio IN – Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, APART Collective in Bratislava, and initiated by Kristína Országhová.

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Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

A six-week course on the relations between contemporary art and the political

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.

Congress

5-7 November 2009

1st FORMER WEST Congress

The 1st FORMER WEST Congress begins mapping the artistic and theoretical developments surrounding the problematic of the “formerness” of the West, and charts the practices in art through which we can identify and engage with the post-1989 landscape and its impact on cultural production.

Panel Discussion

Congress

18-24 March 2013

FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects

Artworks, talks, discussions, rehearsals, and performances in various constellations of documents and prospects offer a multitude of encounters with the public for negotiating the way of the world from 1989 to today, and thinking beyond.