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BAK – Instituting for the Contemporary

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Part 1 – 11.04.2016Part 2 – 18.04.2016 / Part 3 – 25.04.2016

Three public editorial meetings towards a new BAK critical reader Instituting for the Contemporary—edited by BAK’s editor of publications Tom Clark, artistic director Maria Hlavajova, and research curator Lucy Lopez—rethink the art institution in face of the challenges of the present, and in light of the crisis of the nation-state. The meetings are structured around eight terms which organize the reader: Instituting; Commitment; The Contemporary; Not Not Art, Not Not Politics; Entanglements; Connecting Care to Power; Compositionalism; and Education.

Not Live, but Soon on Demand…

More info: BAK website
Location: BAK, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst – Posthuman Glossary

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BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht invites you to join the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work on 21–22 May, 28–29 May, 11–12 June, and 18–19 June 2015.  Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.

21–22 May 2015: Anthropocene/Capitalocene

What possible consequences could an awareness of a collective sense of ecological responsibility in the era of the Anthropocene hold for our ethical agency and political consciousness?

With contributions by: Keti Chukhrov (poet, art theorist, and philosopher, Associate Professor at the Russian State University for Humanities and Visiting Professor at the European University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg. Head of the Theory Department of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow ); Katerina Kolozova (Professor of Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Sociological Theory at University American College–Skopje and Director and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Science and Humanities, Skopje); Jussi Parikka (media theorist, writer, and Professor in Technological Culture and Aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Southampton); Iris van der Tuin (Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University, Utrecht); and Timotheus Vermeulen (Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Head of the Centre for New Aesthetics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen).


28–29 May 2015: Eco-Sophies

What could be the implications of the acceptance of a nature-culture continuum, and how could we theoretically and artistically re-define the relationship between human and non-human factors and agents?

With contributions by: Ursula Biemann (artist, theorist, and curator, Zurich), Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, Utrecht); Erich Hörl (Professor of Media Culture at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM), Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Lüneburg); David Pascoe (Professor at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at Utrecht Univeristy, Utrecht); and Gerald Raunig (philosopher, theorist, and Professor of Aesthetics and Political Philosophy at the Zurich University of Fine Arts, Zurich; eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), Vienna).

Digital Activism: 11–12 June 2015

What are the social, legal, ethical, and political issues that occupy public debate, now that digital mediation has become the new public sphere, and what models of resistance are being offered by contemporary critical thought, arts, and media activism?

With contributions by:  Manuel Beltrán (artist and activist, The Hague); Mark B.N. Hansen (Professor of Literature and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University, Durham); Koen Leurs (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science); Geert Lovink (media theorist, internet critic, Researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), and Director of the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam); Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Assistant Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht and director of the Utrecht Data School, Utrecht); and Timotheus Vermeulen (Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Head of the Centre for New Aesthetics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen).


Algorithmic Cultures and Security: 18–19 June 2015

How could we address the impact of contemporary digital technologies on security and surveillance mechanisms and its influence on posthuman subject-formation?

With contributions by:  Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, Utrecht); Matthew Fuller (Professor and Head of Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London); Ine Gevers (curator, writer, and activist, Utrecht); Luciana Parisi (Reader and Convenor of PhD in Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London); Matteo Pasquinelli (philosopher and independent scholar, Berlin); and Femke Snelting (artist and designer, Brussels).

The gatherings take place at BAK and are chaired by Professor Rosi Braidotti.

More info: www.bakonline.org.
Location:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4
Utrecht, NL

Former West – Other Survivalisms

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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. It is the second in an ongoing series of public editorial meetings, which form the trajectory of the culminating phase of BAK’s flagship collaborative research program FORMER WEST (2008–2016).

On Demand Video’s – Other Survivalisms

These small-scale gatherings take the editorial meeting as their model for informal (re)negotiations of the living knowledge brought together through the course of the project. The public exchanges take place in cultural and geopolitical contexts both within and outside of the so-called “former West” and bring together a great number of collaborators from the project’s past and current investigations, including artists, writers, theorists, curators, activists, students, as well as our various publics. The series is developed and curated by writer, cultural critic, and translator Boris Buden, curator, organizer, and artistic director of BAK, Maria Hlavajova, and curator and writer Simon Sheikh.

Other Survivalisms consists of a number of moderated meetings with artists, theorists, and activists on Friday, 16 May, 13.30–20.00 hrs, and on Saturday, 17 May, 09.30–20.00 hrs, at Het Utrechts Archief, located opposite from BAK on Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht.

Contributors to the project include: Boris Buden, writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin; T.J. Demos, art historian and critic, London; Mark Fisher, theorist, writer, and editor, London; Maja & Reuben Fowkes, art historians and curators, Budapest and London; Katherine Gibson, theorist and writer, Sydney; Maria Hlavajova, curator and cultural organizer, artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; Brigitta Kuster, artist and writer, Berlin; Massimiliano Mollona, theorist and writer, London; Alexei Penzin, philosopher and writer, London and Moscow; Andrea Phillips, theorist and writer, London; Poka-Yio, artist and curator, Athens; Simon Sheikh, curator and theorist, Berlin and London; and Marina Vishmidt, writer, editor, and critic, London.

Location: Het Utrechts Archief
More info: www.formerwest.org

3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part Two

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Following the deliberations during Part One titled Beyond What Was Contemporary Art (19–20 April 2012, Vienna), Part Two of the 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress bases its discussions on a question ushered in—somewhat unexpectedly—by theorist and curator Irit Rogoff in her closing keynote address for Part One: “What on earth do they mean when they say art?” Admittedly a question that is as difficult as it is intriguing, it seems to be a critical one to pose and also to begin to answer as the hegemonic formations that held the imagination of the future hostage for the last 20-odd years are being dismantled. The chasm opening up before us is yet to be filled through a negotiation of meanings and (im)possibilities. At stake is the redefinition of the space of art beyond what we came to know as both product of—and propaganda for—neoliberal capitalism.

 

With contributions by Marion von Osten (artist and cultural researcher, Berlin/Vienna), Bassam el Baroni (curator and art critic, Alexandria), Delaine Le Bas (artist, London), Mihnea Mircan (curator and writer, Bucharest), Rasha Salti (curator and writer, Beirut), Jonas Staal (artist, Rotterdam), and Stephen Wright (theorist, writer, curator, and researcher, Paris), among others. Part Two of the 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress follows the opening of the exhibition How Much Fascism? at BAK, curated by What, How and for Whom/WHW.

The 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part Two is developed by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and co-curated by What, How and for Whom/WHW and the FORMER WEST curatorial team. The 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part Two is realized in collaboration with Utrecht School of the Arts. It is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam and the EU Culture Programme, Brussels.

Location: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Mariaplaats 28, Utrecht
More info: www.formerwest.org

3rd Former West Research Congress

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BEYOND WHAT WAS CONTEMPORARY ART, PART ONE

19—21 April 2012
The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Secession, Vienna (AT)

The 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part One: Beyond What Was Contemporary Art takes place on 19 and 20 April 2012 at Secession, Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, respectively. Consequently, the Congress deliberations are reflected upon in an open session on 21 April 2012. The Congress is envisioned as a discursive platform aiming at offering a space to speculate about possibilities for art vis-à-vis the increasing forces of antagonism across the world and the emerging imaginaries that accompany them.

Program

19 April 2012 (Thursday) 19.00–21.00, Secession, Friedrichstraße 12, Vienna

Beginning from the “Formerness” of Contemporary Art
Is it possible to think of so-called Contemporary Art as art—or an art historical period even—emerging from 1989 and developing in parallel to other hegemonic formations such as global neoliberalism? Could it then be argued that, in sync with the current seismic shifts in society, politics, and economy, it now also faces if not a dead end then a number of challenges that take it to task? Is Contemporary Art, as an iconographic source of the political architecture of the world of the last two decades on its way out so to speak, together with the system that made it possible? What kind of challenges and possibilities might then lie before us in the space of art in times like ours? Can we speculate collectively on how to move beyond the present confines of Contemporary Art’s practices, and begin articulating what can appear from its “formerness?” What are our responses to—and proposals for—the times ahead?

19.00–19.10 Welcome by András Pálffy (president, Secession, Vienna) and Eva Blimlinger (Rector, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
19.10–19.30 Opening Remarks by Maria Hlavajova (artistic director, BAK, Utrecht and FORMER WEST)
19.30–20.30 Keynote by Nancy Adajania (cultural theorist and curator, Mumbai)
20.30–21.00 Questions

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20 April 2012 (Friday) 10.00–20.00, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, Vienna

10.00–10.05 Welcome by Andrea Braidt (Vice-Rector, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
10.05–10.15 Welcome and Introduction by Maria Hlavajova (artistic director, BAK, Utrecht and FORMER WEST)
10.15–10.30 Introduction by Marion von Osten (artist and cultural researcher, Berlin/Vienna)

Organizing a Difference

In the context of a search beyond the confines of Contemporary Art, how does a difference get organized? What established and developing possibilities in the entangled field of artistic, intellectual, and activist practices are generating structures other than those that exist for research, production, and dissemination? How have the strategies of contemporary practitioners changed and how are new possibilities within and beyond the field of Contemporary Art constituted? Are new models of small translocal organizations already being created that are outside of the known forms of artistic self- organization, art institutions, and aesthetic disciplines?

10.30–11.15 CAMP (collaborative project and platform, Mumbai)
11.15–12.00 Respondent: Christian Höller (writer, Vienna)
12.00–12.30 Questions

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13.30–14.15 h.arta (artist collective, Timisoara)
14.15–15.00 Respondent: Ekaterina Degot (art historian and curator, Moscow)
15.00–15.30 Questions

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15.50–16.35 aaa/ Atelier d’architecture autogérée (urban research collective platform, Paris)
16.35–17.20 Respondent: Jesko Fezer (artist and architect, Berlin)
17.20–17.50 Questions

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Speculating Forward

The model of Contemporary Art has been taken to task not only for its complicity in the reality of the global neoliberal order, but by the serious challenges to it that come from within art. To what extent, for example, is the field still of relevance to the far-reaching practices of self-organized collectives? And how have these group initiatives changed the field themselves? What emerging propositions are being articulated in response to these modes of cultural production? How can we arrive at a deeper understanding of the possibilities at hand by looking at a set of concrete practices that function as meaningful interruptions of the business-as-usual model that has been established over the course of the last two decades?

18.10–18.30 Observations and Questions by Ruth Sonderegger (philosopher, Vienna)
18.30–19.30 Keynote by Irit Rogoff (theorist and curator, London)
19.30–20.00 Questions

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21 April 2012 (Saturday) 11.00 -12.30, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, Vienna

Open Forum: In Place of Conclusions

Led by Ruth Sonderegger (philosopher, Vienna), this open session includes both the contributors and participants to the 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Part One. The session revisits the positions, statements, conversations, questions, and doubts that stem from the speculations about what lies “beyond what was Contemporary Art” in order to attempt to map the concerns and urgencies ahead of us. Instead of summarizing a set of conclusions, it is offered as a site of anticipation, as well as of collective thinking and action.

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More info: FormerWest.org

3RD FORMER WEST RESEARCH CONGRESS, PART ONE IS REALIZED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA AND SECESSION, VIENNA.
3RD FORMER WEST RESEARCH CONGRESS, PART ONE IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY:

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Call the Witness
Live Testimonies
1, 2, and 3 June 2011: 13.00–19.00 hrs

Organised by: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

Call the Witness is a project of the Roma Pavilion, which takes place as a Collateral Event in the framework of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2011.

A makeshift exhibition evolving over the course of the Venice Biennale preview days through the flux of live “testimonies”— works of art, performances, talks, and conversations by and with artists, thinkers, and politicians—Call the Witness considers the situation of the Roma and Roma art as emblematic of a world filled with inequality and oppression today, and in solidarity with the largest minority in Europe speculates about another, hopeful future. Read More

 

PROGRAM

1 June 2011
Wednesday

13.00 hrs
DANIEL BAKER, artist, United Kingdom & PAUL RYAN, artist, United Kingdom: Mirror Mirror (lecture-performance)

14.15 hrs
TOM MCDONOUGH, art historian, United States: Campo nomadi: Constant’s Design for a Gypsy Camp (lecture)

15.30 hrs
MAUD DE BOER-BUQUICCHIO, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe, France: Roma Advocacy Quilt (presentation)

16.15 hrs
CRISTINELA IONESCU, journalist and producer, Tumende TV Production, Romania: Romani Kris: Court of Common Consent (lecture-presentation)

17.30 hrs
SALMAN RUSHDIE, author, United Kingdom/United States (talk)

2 June 2011
Thursday

13.00 hrs
ROSEANNA MCPHEE, educator and activist, United Kingdom: No Justice – Tinker, Help Thyself (lecture-performance)

14.15 hrs
SHAMUS MCPHEE, artist, United Kingdom: Out in the Open (conversation with Daniel Baker)

15.30 hrs
THOMAS ACTON, Emeritus Professor of Romani Studies, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom: The New Romani Art (lecture)

16.45 hrs
TANJA OSTOJIĆ
, artist, Serbia/Germany: Naked Life 2, 2011, performance, 24 min.

(Followed by informal drinks.)

00.00 hrs
BORIS ONDREIČKA, artist, Slovakia: BLACK BIRDS & BLACKBIRDS, 2011, reading-performance, approx. 30 min.

3 June 2011
Friday

13.00 hrs
CHRISTIANO BERTI (Italy), NIGEL DICKINSON (United Kingdom), TINA CARR (United Kingdom/Wales), and ANNEMARIE SCHOENE (United Kingdom/Wales) (participating artists): Web Launch of the Roma Media Archive(www.romamediaarchive.net) (talk-screening)

14.00 hrs
ROBERT KUSHEN, Roma rights activist, United States: Sticks and Stones and Words that Hurt: Roma Rights in Quotation (lecture-bricolage)

15.15 hrs
ŽELIMIR ŽILNIK, film director, Serbia: Kenedi Trilogy (lecture-presentation)

16.30 hrs
STALKER/ON, art and architecture collective, Italy: New Destination: The Moon!(presentation)

18.00 hrs
Opening
with contributions by GEORGE SOROS (financier and philanthropist, address via podcast), JAN TRUSZCZYNSKI (Director-General for Education and Culture, European Commission), ROBERT PALMER (Director for Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage, Council of Europe), WOLFGANG PETRISCH (Chair of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF)), and others, as well as a panel discussion organized by Decade Trust Fund

 

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