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.


Current & Upcoming


18 September 2019–16 April 2020

Presentation: The People Are the City

From 18 September 2019–16 April 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents The People Are the City at the Utrecht City Office, a presentation that reflects on the extraordinary coming together of the people of Utrecht in the collective performance What Is the City but the People? on Jaarbeursplein on 15 September 2018. This presentation is part of exhibition Op Kunstsafari door Utrecht: an exhibition that guides visitors past statues, architecture, street art and poetry in the streets, squares and parks of Utrecht.

BAK basis voor

1-2 February 2020

2.Dh5 Festival – Defeating Dystopia?

The fourteenth edition of the yearly 2.Dh5 festival is coming to BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht on 1-2 February 2020, with the theme “Defeating Dystopia?” The festival is part of the program series BAK, basis voor…, in which BAK join forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for a future of “being together otherwise.”

Exhibition and public program

Suggestions from the archive

Performative Conference

Panel Discussion


18 October 2018, 19.30-21.30

Propositions #7/1: Counter Forensics

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Forensic Justice, Eyal Weizman and Christina Varvia give a lecture on the forensic practice of research agency Forensic Architecture. This is also the first gathering of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020).



Public Program

17 November 2019, 12.30-17.00

Propositions #9/5: Public Program

This last day of the week of Propositions #9 Deserting from the Culture Wars consists of a public program including a panel Working in Groups, Acting in Networks with Kader Attia, Diana McCarty, Dan McQuillan, Johannes Paul Raether, and Patricia Kaersenhout, moderated by Dina Mohamed.    Please note: on this day there will be no […]