Making Public


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 organizes exhibitions, lectures, publications, workshops, and composite performative conferences with exhibitionary and discursive elements.
Felipe Vivero, Old New Suns, inspired by
Felipe Vivero, Old New Suns, inspired by Octavia E. Butler, There is nothing new under the sun but there are new suns, image, 2024
Gathering 3 July 2024
Utopia*Art*Politics Sessions

From 3–5 July, the Urban Futures Studio and Community Portal at BAK convene 30 artist-researcher-practitioners to explore this question. Three moments of the event are open to the public and free for registration below.

Exhibition 19 June 2024
(Dis)comfort Narratives: Moving with the Feeling

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, in partnership with BAK presents (Dis)comfort Narratives: Moving with the Feeling, as the graduation event of the 2023–2024 Master Fine Art class.

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Stills from They Shoot Horses by Phil Collins, video, 2014
Gathering 9 June 2024
DAY FOR PALESTINE

With and by artist Phil Collins, Tabaria Café, Print for Palestine, and b.ASIC a.CTIVIST k.ITCHEN. All proceeds go to fundraisers for Palestine: Palestine Humanitarian Response and Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

Bring your own fabric (t-shirt, bag, bandana, pillow case) to screen print on!

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Chloe Bass, Trainings for the Not-Yet (2019-2020), exhibition view, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, picture: Tom Janssen
6 June 2024
BAK is a crucial basis in the cultural ecosystem of Utrecht!

With shock and disbelief we received the report from the Utrecht Advisory Committee on the Culture Memorandum, which proposes the defunding of BAK in 2025–2028. Read the statement here.

Design: Sean van Steenhoven. Still from
Design: Sean van Steenhoven. Still from Reluctantly Queer by Akosua Adoma Owusu, film, 2016
Gathering 2 June 2024
Pride at BAK: Queer Film Program

During Utrecht Pride, BAK presents a queer film program as part of Wild 'n Sweet Festival at TivoliVredenburg on 1 June from 21 to 3 hrs. A second presentation takes place at BAK on 2 June from 12 to 18 hrs.

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Gathering 30 May 2024
The Indonesian Dialogues

The Indonesian Dialogues (2024), an international co-production between There Will Be Film, Landholz Productions and ROXY Birsfelden by There Will Be Film, Landholz Productions and ROXY Birsfelden is a multidisciplinary performance featuring video installations, live painting, and music.

Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
Gathering 24 May 2024
Chapter three, convention

The convention in the context of the project Usufructuaries of earth is a two-day gathering that summons different practices of non-expropriative userships in relation to land, housing, social reproduction, agriculture, and knowledge.

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Open Call 24 May 2024
Convention: working sessions

Usufructuaries of earth. Chapter three, convention

Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, exhibition opening BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
Gathering 24 May 2024
Convention: public program

Chapter three of the project Usufructuaries of earth is a two-day convention that gathers artists, as well as other thinkers and social actors, to share and learn on usufruct as a way of undoing property.

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23 May 2024
A City Within a Building

A City Within a Building by Center for Spatial Technologies in partnership with Forensic Architecture. Presented in collaboration with BAK and Stadsschouwburg Utrecht during SPRING Performing Arts Festival 2024.

4 May 2024
OPEN CALL: Reading group Berlin

Usufructuaries of earth
A project in three chapters convened by BAK with artist Marwa Arsanios
Chapter two, reading groups and online publication Prospections

Open Call 21 April 2024
Reading group Amman

Usufructuaries of earth
A project in three chapters convened by BAK with artist Marwa Arsanios
Chapter two, reading groups and online publication Prospections

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BAK studies 16 April 2024
b.ASIC a.CTIVIST k.ITCHEN in collaboration with Jelien de Jong

Cooking up an internal session and a BAK team lunch, around Zero Waste practices, Sustainability, Fermentation and accessible dining.

Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Research 8 April 2024
Chapter two, reading groups and online publication

The reading groups are held in the lead-up to the Usufructuaries of earth convention to learn together histories and propositions of usufruct.

Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Open Call 8 April 2024
OPEN CALL: Reading groups

Open call for the Usufructuaries of earth reading groups: a federated structure of three reading groups in Rotterdam, Berlin and Amman.

Open Call 7 April 2024
OPEN CALL: Reading group Rotterdam

Usufructuaries of earth
A project in three chapters convened by BAK with artist Marwa Arsanios
Chapter two, reading groups and online publication Prospections

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Gathering 8 March 2024
Yallah Sabaya

Join us on 8 March 2024 at BAK, Yallah Sabaya is happening again! All women of different cultural backgrounds are welcome to dance, chat, and connect with others also through movement and celebration.

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Exhibition 7 March 2024
Usufructuaries of earth

A project in three chapters: an exhibition by Marwa Arsanios (7 March–2 June 2024), reading groups and online publication (ongoing), and a convention (24–25 May 2024)

Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
Exhibition 7 March 2024
Chapter one, exhibition

The exhibition, chapter one of Usufructuaries of earth, foregrounds the artist’s approach to bringing together ecological, feminist, and decolonial knowledges and practices that put forward ideologies of shared usership.

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Presentations 20 January 2024
AAAAA An Amazing Arboretum As Actual Art 

Bak Young Fellows Cohort 1, 2023 invites you into their forest – An Amazing Arboretum As Actual Art. Get to know the creatures of their forest, their yell for action, and join them with your voice. 

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Open Call 5 January 2024
OPEN CALL: bak Young Fellows

Bak Young Fellows offers space, time and resources for developing projects professionally. With a group of young people you will research, imagine, try out, and take action!

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11 November 2023
Le Guess Who? 2023 at BAK

On Friday 10 November and Saturday 11 November 2023 BAK, basis actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts three talks that are part of the music festival Le Guess Who?. These talks fall under the COSMOS initiative, which has the goal of amplifying local music scenes from around the world. Together with these talks, BAK displays the works of about 170 secondary school students.

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Gathering 22 October 2023
BAK at the Sint Maarten Parade 2023

For Sint Maarten Parade 2023, Tools for Action—a non-profit organization that develops artistic interventions for political actions—collaborates with Utrecht-based members of Filipino, Caribbean, and other communities to collectively dream a parade compartment.

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13 October 2023
Asian Movie Night: Ushiku

Screening followed by a panel discussion with the director and members from activist groups Migrante, SEHAQ and Papaya Kuir.

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13 October 2023
Re-Posing: Resistance, Respiration, and Resolution

Watch the stream online (no registration required) viaeternalconferences.cargo.site

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13 October 2023
ULTRAHOSPITALITY FIELD MEAL 1: SANCOCHO FLORAL

A series of field meals organized by Escuela de Garaje.
Part of the field work for Ultradependent Public School (01 April–27 May 2023).

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30 September 2023
To the Other Side of the Concrete Wall

This event launches a book of translated essays, co-published with BAK, which include some of the first English translations of texts by journalists Elaheh Mohammadi and Niloofar Hamedi—imprisoned since September 2022 for their thorough reports on the murder and funeral of Jina.

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Exhibition 9 September 2023
To Watch the War

To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) is a moving image forum which takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht from 9 September to 29 October 2023.

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9 September 2023
Join Our Crowdfunding Campaign

The project To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) and the project To Watch the War, In Solidarity are accompanied by a crowdfunding campaign in support of Freefilmers—some of its members are artists and activist filmmakers included in the exhibition and public program.

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21 August 2023
BAK Summer School: Supervising Artistic and Practice-based Research (Join online)

The Summer School Supervising Artistic and Practice-Based Research takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht from 21 to 25 August 2023.

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Exhibition 19 June 2023
HKU Graduation Project 2023: Refractions

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in partnership with host, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst present Refractions, the graduation exhibition of the 2022—2023 MA Fine Art class.

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26 May 2023
Publifluor: Resharpening Blobby

Resharpening Blobby by Publifluor (David Le Simple, Femke Snelting, Ludivine Loiseau, Nathan Izbicki, Olivier Bertrand, Pierre Huyghebaert, and Sophie Boiron)

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21 May 2023
Stranded FM: Connect/Re:connect – On The (Im)possibilities of Online Radio

Why stream? Archive? Did online radio become a marketing tool? Boring? Collective? Ego? How can we truly support one another? Does this all still make sense?

Photo: Tom Janssen
Photo: Tom Janssen
19 May 2023
Ultrasympathetic Ultratranslation: Re-Languaging Justice

Opening: 19 May 2023, 12.00 hrs. This three-day gathering explores the space that opens between language justice and ultratranslation. It brings together friends, academics, activists, language workers, social justice workers, and cultural workers—individuals and collectives—from here and elsewhere.

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17 May 2023
Belonging: Thou shalt not worship at the altar of access

Friction occurs as the lived experience of exclusion and the intention of access making collide. Asking questions can be a way to instrumentalize friction: How are artists complicit to allowing disability access to be wielded as one of the masters’ tools? When does an access policy without a collective practice turn into access washing?

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10 May 2023
The Diamond Mind II

In this dance training, the people will use a one-minute film of their own movement as material for a booklet—a sixteen page signature—that distributes their presence, their gesture, as an act of EQ. 

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10 May 2023
Complaint Making: Setting Up Conflict-Positive Spaces for Community Building Praxis

Can complaint making be a recording device? Feminism is a word a lot of us use, answer to, and try to define, but how do we do feminism? Can we think of feminist futurism with ease?

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3 May 2023
Too Late To Say Sorry? 

A bad apology can ruin a friendship, destroy a community, or end a career. In this workshop, we will investigate the impact of apologies on our relationships and our worlds.

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28 April 2023
Huisje, Boompje, Beestje (D.A.F.O.N.T.)

In this rare masterclass, retired teacher and artist Glenda Martinus teaches participants a thing or two about painting with Microsoft Word.

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22 April 2023
Ultrastudio XXL

During this weekend, we reiterate, expand, and scale up skill-shares and workshops encountered during our field work sessions from October 2022–February 2023.

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19 April 2023
Ulises Friends School

In simplest terms, Ulises is a bookshop and project space dedicated to artists’ books and independent art publications. In truest terms, Ulises is a collection of musings, longings, and assorted activities brought together by a group of friends.

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15 April 2023
Violencia Fantasia with Deseo Real and Carla Arcos

Violencia Fantasía is an investigation that explores the relationship between desire and the subtle ways in which violence is accommodated in the world we live in. By subtle, we mean those forms of violence that arise from representations, embellished to the point of fantasy, in a society obsessed with producing unimprovable images of itself.

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14 April 2023
Tales of Symbologies Here and Then, Now and There

During this training, we will look into the ancient crafts and symbols of tapestries as well as woodblocks of different geographies.

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12 April 2023
Czar Kristoff: Be(com)ing A Monument, 2023

Czar activates his learning object, To Destroy Is To Build (2019-2023), with an ongoing inquiry after monuments that bend to the passage of time.

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12 April 2023
Shapeshifting Sports Camp

Shapeshifting Sports Camp proposes an inclusive physical education program for schools. It features a series of collective exercises and alternative team sport games to promote empathy and social inclusion.

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Exhibition 1 April 2023
Ultradependent Public School

Ultradependent Public School unfolds as the public negotiation of a curriculum to learn what we really need to enact the worlds we really want. UPS is co-convened with an extended faculty of students, educators, and practitioners.

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1 April 2023
FULL PROGRAM: UPS

For the months of April and May 2023, Ultradependent Public School (UPS) will transform BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, into a schoolhouse featuring many trainings and other curricular activities. Below you can find an overview of all the upcoming events.

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Gathering 13 March 2023
European Forum for Advanced Practices

Interested practitioners and scholars from across disciplines are invited to join Zone Collective for a weekend of character development workshops devised within the "Zoning Play Complex", a diverse series of projects undertaken as part of the collective’s long-term research toward the development of "A Neighbourhood Zoning Play".

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10 March 2023
Sancochotopia: A Winter Ultrahospitality Mini Garage School

Two days of workshops and conversations organized by Escuela de Garaje.
Part of the field work for Ultradependent Public School (01 April–27 May 2023).

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19 February 2023
ULTRACIRCULATORY RADIO STREAM: Critical Circulation Mi

A stop in the travel itineraries of Wan Ing Que and Elaine W. Ho.
Part of the field work for Ultradependent Public School (01 April–27 May 2023).

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Workshop 15 February 2023
Ultrastudio Third Session

Community Portal presents… A series of practical publishing workshops organized by the Bookbinding Studio of Sandberg Instituut/Rietveld Academy and Lila Athanasiadou. This workshop is part of a more extensive series of components assembling the fieldwork for Ultradependent Public School.

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Workshop 4 February 2023
Ultrahospitality Field Meal 1

Community Portal Presents...A series of field meals organized by Escuela de Garaje. As part of the field work for Ultradependent Public School (01 April–27 May 2023).

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Gathering 1 February 2023
2.Dh5 Festival – Defeating Dystopia?

The fourteenth edition of the yearly 2.Dh5 festival has the theme “Defeating Dystopia?” The festival is focused on grass-roots campaigns, tactics and methods geared towards a society based on freedom and solidarity.

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Workshop 27 January 2023
How to Set Up a Community Kitchen

A workshop facilitated by Berend Bombarius.
Public scoby from the b.a.k. Community Portal.
Kindly hosted at De Voorkamer.

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16 December 2022
Stitching, Writing, Singing

A workshop by Renata Mirón Granados.
Part of a series of developed within their residency at De Voorkamer.

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24 November 2022
Mental Health Symposium: Communal Care & Healing

On Thursday, November 24th, 2022, Colored Qollective in collaboration with POCQunity host their third annual symposium, this time focusing on the mental health of queer people of color. The theme of the symposium is Communal Care & Healing.

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19 November 2022
Unjumbling Our Histories

An activity by artist and write Maja Irene Bolier.
A one-day workshop on storytelling, collage, and bookmaking.
A space for empathy, learning, and understanding.

Forgotten structural filmmaker
Forgotten structural filmmaker
Open Call 4 November 2022
Open Call: Zoning Play Complex

Interested practitioners and scholars from across disciplines are invited to join Zone Collective for a weekend of character development workshops devised within the Zoning Play Complex, a diverse series of projects (ranging from the theater workshop to printed matter material) undertaken in their long-term research toward A Neighborhood Zoning Play.

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Gathering 28 October 2022
Yallah Sabaya 2022

Yallah Sabaya is an evening where dance and music connect women from different backgrounds. The purpose is to connect through movement, rather than verbal communication, in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Open Call 16 October 2022
Open Call: Sint Maarten Parade

BAK Community Portal presents a series of public workshops to create a moving sculpture as part of the Sint Maarten (Saint Martin) parade in Utrecht.

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Gathering 13 October 2022
De Voorkamer: Perspectives

Perspectives is a program by De Voorkamer to foster inclusivity and acceptance by creating a safe space for people of all backgrounds to engage in dialogue, share opinions, and develop ideas around topical issues that affect everyone.

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Exhibition 10 September 2022
The Hauntologists

The Hauntologists is a project emerging through experimentation and collective research within the 2021/2022 BAK Fellowship for Situated Practice. Engaging spectrality as a tactic to investigate and redress the conditions of brokenness of the world.

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Education 8 July 2022
BAK Studies Fall 2022 

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht invites you to join the fall 2022 BAK Studies with three online modules: "Navigating Art, Knowledge, and Social Action", "Former West (In the Imperialist Refrain)" and "Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice".

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Gathering 4 July 2022
Symposium: No Linear Fucking Time (videos)

If you missed the closing symposium of the exhibition No Linear Fucking Time or want to rewatch your favorite panels – now you can! The first two videos have already been uploaded on YouTube.

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Gathering 1 July 2022
Keep an Eye Photography Stipends

The award ceremony of the Keep an Eye Photography Stipends takes place on 1 July 2022, during the graduation festival Exposure. The same evening, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, hosts the opening of the graduation exhibition UPSCALING/DOWNSIZING.

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Exhibition 29 June 2022
Upscaling/downsizing

How are we connected to the complexity of the world and all the choices we make in it? How do we find our way in a fragmented reality, and where are we still able to meet each other? What are the most relevant questions of our time, and how (and to whom) do we look for answers?

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In Between Seances study score (work in progress).
Research 23 June 2022
Open Call: In Between Seances

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, launches an open call for participation in the weekly study group In Between Seances. This collective study is based on the groundbreaking work Dictee (1982) by artist and writer Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951–1982) and is developed by artist and BAK 2021/2022 Fellow Yen Noh.

Performance The Thread and the Gap
Performance The Thread and the Gap
Presentations 22 June 2022
Propositions #8: I Wanna Be Adored

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht proudly presents Propositions #8: I Wanna Be Adored (the Non-Fascist Remix), an evening program of performance, music, installations, hosted space, dancing, bites, and celebration with the BAK 2018/2019 Research Fellows.

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Presentations 22 June 2022
The Object’s Interlacing by Kader Attia

In his film TheObject’s Interlacing (2020), Kader Attia dialogues with different practitioners on the subject of restitution of African cultural artefacts that were violently displaced into western ownership during the era of historical colonialisms.

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Cover design
Presentations 19 June 2022
Book Launch: Toward the Not-Yet

The new publication Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice combines a handbook, dictionary, and anthology, and gathers artistic and cultural practices that are propositional, collective, and yearning for a just life-in-common through the chronopolitics of the “not-yet.”

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Research 14 June 2022
Hamburg Public Editorial Meeting

As part of the Spectral Infrastructure long-term research trajectory by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and the freethought collective, a Public Editorial Meeting (PEM) is held in Hamburg.

Société Réalise, Universal Anthem
Société Réalise, Universal Anthem
Presentations 12 June 2022
Art Utrecht Open Weekend

Art Utrecht organizes an Open Weekend, with a presentation by various Utrecht-based art institutions in the former bookstore Broese, Oudegracht 169, Utrecht. Art Utrecht is a platform and network of Utrecht visual art institutions in Utrecht.

Rafaël Rozendaal, Accumulation, 2022
Rafaël Rozendaal, Accumulation, 2022
Presentations 10 June 2022
Launch Kunstlicht

The latest issue of Kunstlicht, an academic journal for art, visual culture, and architecture, is launched at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst on Friday 10 June 2022.

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Education 8 June 2022
Course: Art as Politics - June 2022

BAK Public Studies offers the new online course Art as Politics. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

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Exhibition 8 June 2022
Scaffolding Scaffolding

Scaffolding Scaffolding, the graduation exhibition of the 2020−2022 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, is organized under the curatorial guidance of Rachael Rakes at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

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Open Call 28 May 2022
BAK Partner FEINART Training Network

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, is proud to announce its partnership in the European FEINART network. FEINART (The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art) is an ambitious training network.

Front: Skylab. Back: “Dagat kay Dagway
Front: Skylab. Back: “Dagat kay Dagway”
Gathering 20 May 2022
As for Protocols—To Hold Things Together

To Hold Things Together is a two-day symposium focusing on modes of social and institutional nodality and protocols of encounter and solidarity in our hyper-local and hyper-dispersed existence.

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Gathering 20 May 2022
Symposium: No Linear Fucking Time

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht proudly presents Symposium: No Linear Fucking Time. Coinciding with the exhibition closing of No Linear Fucking Time, this two-day symposium, taking place on-site at BAK and online, gathers several methods of thinking and practice geared toward equitable and sustainable socio-temporal models.

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Gathering 12 May 2022
Unite for City Rights!

Undocumented people face many challenges in accessing basic and human rights in European cities. Since 2019, a network of grassroots, migrant-led initiatives and organizations, and cultural institutions have collaborated to co-create a toolkit for inclusive cities.

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Still from the movie 'Diablicos de Huancabamba' (2019)
Presentations 11 May 2022
Ecos y Presagios

As part of the series of gatherings in the context of No Linear Fucking Time, Ecos y Presagios (Echoes and Presages) features film and video works by artists focusing on Andean territory and landscape as a force of history, tradition, cosmology, and politics.

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Education 26 April 2022
The Bratislava BAK Summer School

The 2021 Bratislava BAK Summer (Spring) School, titled Art During Death, is a five-part series of podcasts, audio artworks, lectures, and radio plays from artists, theorists, and other cultural practitioners.

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Education 22 March 2022
Course: Art as Politics – For Ukraine

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, organizes this edition of the course Art as Politics in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. All proceeds of this fundraiser are to be donated to the Visual Culture Research Center, who are providing structural help to cultural workers affected by the war.

Tony Cokes, The Will & The Way …
Tony Cokes, The Will & The Way …
Research 19 March 2022
Public Studies: Practice as Theory

As a part of the exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals, the artist presents a three-day workshop investigating critical themes that circulate through his work, and various intersections with and applications of forms of the theoretical.

Ray (2022), by Vibeke Mascini.
Ray (2022), by Vibeke Mascini.
Exhibition 18 March 2022
Vibeke Mascini – Ray

Ray, a new installation by Amsterdam-based visual artist Vibeke Mascini, can be seen at St. Catherine’s Cathedral, Utrecht, until 22 May 2022. The work is commissioned by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, as part of the project No Linear Fucking Time and is realized in collaboration with Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht.  

Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Education 15 March 2022
Course: Art as Politics - March 2022

Art as Politics is a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

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Tony Cokes, Evil.27: Selma, Greene Naftali, New York, 2011
Exhibition 28 February 2022
Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals

Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals brings together selected video works from the past 30 years, tracing Cokes’s unique formation of critique through visual and textual codes, and his changing relationship to archival material over several different global historical moments.

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Education 8 February 2022
Course: Art as Politics – February/March 2022

Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Studies (formerly called BAK Public Studies), is 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.

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Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1980–1981
Presentations 20 January 2022
Observing Time

Join BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht online on 20 January 2022 for a conversation with performance artist Tehching Hsieh, currently taking part in BAK’s project No Linear Fucking Time, writer Amelia Groom, and writer and curator Adrian Heathfield. The conversation takes Hsieh’s work as a starting point in addressing performative time, labor time, gaps, and rhythms of endurance, among other things.

Design Sean van der Steenhoven for Leftl
Design Sean van der Steenhoven for Leftloft
Exhibition 3 December 2021
No Linear Fucking Time

No Linear Fucking Time* is an exhibition with gatherings, an online publication, and a symposium that unsettle dominant temporalities and model alternate forms of livable time.

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Education 2 December 2021
Course: Art as Politics – December 2021

Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, is 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.

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Edward George b2b TChung, Sound of Music, 19 June 2021
Research 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.

Design: Sean van den Steenhoven
Design: Sean van den Steenhoven
Research 13 November 2021
Music as Spectral Infrastructure

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht proudly presents Music as Spectral Infrastructure, a two-day program of discussions, sound works, film screenings, and DJ sets organized in the framework of the festival Le Guess Who? 2021 in Utrecht.

Laura Grace Ford, Untitled Collage, 2016
Laura Grace Ford, Untitled Collage, 2016
Research 13 November 2021
Music as Spectral Infrastructure: Day One

Day one as part of the two-day program Music as Spectral Infrastructure, part of Le Guess Who? 2021, reflects on the present and historical state of electronic music, looking at how it registers traces and resistances to the corporate and statist drives while structuring collective musical and sonic desire.

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Exhibition 27 October 2021
Exhibition Black Manifesto

On the Road to Black Emancipation brings together artists, writers, and other cultural workers who engage with Black Manifesto—a living document with advice and demands from and for the Netherlands’s Black communities on tackling racism and inequality.

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An impression of the online exhibition An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives
Presentations 16 October 2021
Launch: An Anecdoted Archive ...

On 16 October 2021 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents the launch of An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives (14 September 2021–ongoing), an online exhibition conceptualized by Irit Rogoff and Nora Sternfeld for freethought collective.

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Education 12 October 2021
Course: Art as Politics - October 2021

Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, is 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.

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14 September 2021
An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives, an online exhibition conceptualized by Irit Rogoff and Nora Sternfeld for freethought collective.

Kader Attia, Les Entrelacs de l’Objet
Kader Attia, Les Entrelacs de l’Objet / The Object’s Interlacing, 2020, installatiebeeld 2021, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
Presentations 4 September 2021
Introcuction Fragments of Repair

Speciaal voor Museumkaarthouders: een exclusieve inleiding op Fragments of Repair/Kader Attia, de eerste uitgebreide tentoonstelling van kunstenaar Kader Attia in Nederland.

Image: Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons
Image: Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015, video installation, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2021, photo: Tom Janssen
Presentations 15 July 2021
Fragments of Repair/Gathering VI: Invisible Bridges
Kader Attia, Oil and Sugar #2, 2007, vid
Kader Attia, Oil and Sugar #2, 2007, video, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2021
Exhibition 15 July 2021
Work by Kader Attia at De Voorkamer

From 15 July until 15 August 2021 the work Oil and Sugar #2 (2007) by Kader Attia is on view at De Voorkamer, as part of Fragments of Repair/Kader Attia!

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Image: Kader Attia, Les Entrelacs de l’Objet / The Object’s Interlacing, 2020, installation with video and objects, installation view, 2021, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, photo: Tom Janssen / Design: Sean van den Steenhoven for Leftloft
Presentations 24 June 2021
Fragments of Repair/Gathering V: The Object’s Interlacing
Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Education 21 June 2021
Course: Art as Politics june 2021

Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, is 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.

Left: Book cover Vistas of Modernity –
Left: Book cover Vistas of Modernity – Decolonial Aesthesis And The End Of The Contemporary by Rolando Vázquez, 2020 / Right: Françoise Vergès speaking from La Dynamo, Pantin, Paris during the opening of Fragments of Repair, 17 April 2021, image cour
Presentations 10 June 2021
Fragments of Repair/Gathering IV: On Decolonial Aesthesis
Maria Hlavajova and Jeanne van Heeswijk
Maria Hlavajova and Jeanne van Heeswijk in conversation as part of Propositions #10: Instituting Otherwise
Presentations 3 June 2021
FEINART Lecture june 2021

As part of the FEINART Lecture Series, BAK’s general and artistic director Maria Hlavajova presents an online lecture on 3 June 2021, From Art Institution to Community Portal.

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Kader Attia, Oil and Sugar #2, 2007, installation in the window of Stadhuisbrug 5, Utrecht, by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2021, photo: Tom Janssen
Exhibition 1 June 2021
Work by Kader Attia at Stadhuisbrug, Utrecht
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Gathering 21 May 2021
The Postresearch Condition – Conference

The annual EARN Conference was held at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 26–30 January 2021.

Image: Kader Attia, The Body’s Legacie
Image: Kader Attia, The Body’s Legacies, Pt. 2: The Postcolonial Body, video, 2018, 48 min., film still / Design: Sean van den Steenhoven
Presentations 2 May 2021
Fragments of Repair/Gathering II: The Body’s Legacies, Pt. 2: The Postcolonial Body (online)
Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015,
Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015, video installation, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2021, photo: Tom Janssen
17 April 2021
Fragments of Repair

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht proudly presents Fragments of Repair, a multi-part project consisting of an exhibition, collective study program, and series of gatherings, co-convened with artist Kader Attia and decolonial forum, Paris.

Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015,
Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015, video installation, courtesy of the artist, The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and Lehmann Maupin, photo: Max Yawney
Presentations 17 April 2021
Fragments of Repair/Gathering I: Online Opening Program
Three-month collective study program La
Three-month collective study program La Colonie Nomade, which was hosted by La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues in Paris, from 17 April to 3 July 2021
Research 17 April 2021
Fragments of Repair/La Colonie Nomade

A collective study program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair (17 April–1 August 2021), convened by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht with artist Kader Attia and La Colonie, Paris and hosted by La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, 9 Rue Gabrielle Josserand, 93500 Pantin, Paris.

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17 April 2021
Repair & Listen
Kader Attia speaking during the opening
Kader Attia speaking during the opening program of Fragments of Repair, view from La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Pantin, Paris, 17 April 2021, photo courtesy of La Colonie
Research 17 April 2021
Fragments of Repair/Gatherings

Fragments of Repair/Gatherings involves an online/offline series of lectures, conversations, screenings, and assembly forums convened by BAK around the theory and practice of repair, that takes place in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair.

Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015,
Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015, video installation, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2021, photo: Tom Janssen
Exhibition 17 April 2021
Fragments of Repair/Kader Attia

Fragments of Repair/Kader Attia, one part of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair, is the first comprehensive exhibition of Attia’s work in the Netherlands, on view at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

Closing session of the BAK 2020 Fellowsh
Closing session of the BAK 2020 Fellowship, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2020, photo: Tom Janssen
Research 13 April 2021
Call for Proposals: BAK Fellowship 2021/2022

The BAK post-academic research Fellowship for Situated Practice is now open for applications from Netherlands-based practitioners working at the intersections of art, theory, and social action.

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Amanda Beech, Covenant Transport, Move or Die, 2015, video installation, still, courtesy of the artist.
Presentations 27 January 2021
The Postresearch Condition

This four-day online conference articulates the current situation of artistic research. After an omnipresent “Research Decade,” the concept of artistic research currently seems to be in need of a recharge.

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Gathering 23 January 2021
Propositions #13

An online assembly and public forum aligning with the planned closing days of exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals (which has prematurely closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown measures in the Netherlands) and the ongoing “How to Assemble Now”.

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Gathering 16 December 2020
Practicing Tactical Solidarities II

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows.

Design: Tyneisha van Veltum
Design: Tyneisha van Veltum
Gathering 3 December 2020
Manifesting Systemic Change

A collaborative open call by Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter, The Black Archives/New Urban Collective, Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL, Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, for artists and writers to manifest the Manifesting Systemic Change Through Creative Waves manifesto.

Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Education 26 October 2020
Course: Art as Politics October 2020

The online course Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Tony Cokes, B4 & After the Studio Pt. 1,
Tony Cokes, B4 & After the Studio Pt. 1, 2019, installation view, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2020, photo: Tom Janssen
Education 19 October 2020
Public Studies: Practice as Theory (online)

As a part of the exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals, the artist presents a two-day online workshop investigating critical themes that circulate through his work, and various intersections with and applications of forms of the theoretical.

Mein Name ist Sprache, 2018, live perfor
Mein Name ist Sprache, 2018, live performance Steirscher Herbst Graz, stage photograph by Clara Wildberger
Presentations 17 October 2020
Book launch: My Name Is Language

On Saturday 17 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a program surrounding the new book of artist Nicoline van Harskamp, My Name Is Language (2020), published by Scriptings and Archive Books. The program takes place as part of the reopening of at BAK, on 16 & 17 October 2020.

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Tony Cokes, Evil.27: Selma, 2011, installation view, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2020, photo: Tom Janssen
Exhibition 16 October 2020
Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals 2020

From 16 October 2020 until 31 January 2021 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals, an exhibition and public program with and around the work of multimedia artist Tony Cokes. The exhibition is curated by Thiago de Paula Souza.

Cover features an image by Andreas Siekm
Cover features an image by Andreas Siekmann from the series The Big 4ever, 2020, developed for this publication. Design by Sean van den Steenhoven for LeftLoft, Milan.
Presentations 16 October 2020
Book Launch: Deserting from the ...

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht is proud to invite you to the book launch Deserting from the Culture Wars, the second reader in our BASICS series, published by BAK, basis voor atuele kunst and MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and edited by Maria Hlavajova and Sven Lütticken.

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Tony Cokes, c.my.skull.2. (Evil.13: Alternate Versions), 2010, video, installation view Stadhuisbrug 5, Utrecht, 2020, photo: Tom Janssen
Exhibition 16 October 2020
Screening Tony Cokes at Stadhuisbrug, Utrecht

From 16 October–29 November 2020, the work c.my.skull.2. (Evil.13: Alternate Versions) by Tony Cokes is screened in public space as part of Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals.

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Exhibition 30 September 2020
HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show

From 30 September–11 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts If Not Now, the graduation exhibition of the 2018−2020 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, which is curated by Katia Krupennikova.

Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Education 14 September 2020
Course: Art as Politics (For Beirut Art Fund)

BAK organizes this edition of the course Art as Politics to donate the proceeds to Beirut Art Fund. The fund, set up by Mophradat, supports Beiruti artists, initiatives, and institutions in the aftermath of the 4 August 2020 explosion.

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The BAK 2019/2020 Fellows dreaming of time travel with the particle accelerator at the University Museum, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Whitney Stark
Gathering 12 September 2020
Propositions #12

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, proudly invites you to Propositions #12: Waves Breaking Walls, Futures in Movement, a culmination of the BAK 2019/2020 Fellowship Program in the form of a sonic science fiction transmission.

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Education 24 August 2020
Online course: How to Assemble Now

The new online course How to Assemble Now, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, asks a perennial question that has only been amplified by current circumstances: What are the means, limits, and possibilities for mobilizing and forming lasting collectivities in this crisis-driven present?

Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Design by Sean van den Steenhoven*
Education 29 June 2020
Course: Art as Politics June 2020

The online course Art as Politics, a digital extension of BAK Public Studies, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Tony Cokes, Evil.27.Selma , Greene Nafta
Tony Cokes, Evil.27.Selma , Greene Naftali, New York, 2011; courtesy of the artist, Greene Naftali, New York; Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles en Electronic Arts Intermix, New York; photo: Gustavo Murillo Fernandez-Valdes
Presentations 11 June 2020
48-hour Selma

For 48 hours, from Thursday 11 June 2020, 18 hrs CET to Saturday 13 June 2020, 18 hrs CET BAK’s online forum, Prospections, presents a screening of Evil.27: Selma (2011), artist Tony Cokes’s audiovisual meditation on protest and imagination against the realm of mass-image circulation and anti-black oppression in the United States.

Jeanne van Heeswijk, Freehouse Radicaliz
Jeanne van Heeswijk, Freehouse Radicalizing the Local, 2008–2013, installation Trainings for the Not-Yet at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019–2020, photo: Tom Janssen
Gathering 29 April 2020
Practicing Tactical Solidarities

Coordinated communitarian responses to this crisis have abounded, with individuals and groups around the world organizing virtually overnight to provide response and support to many suddenly without shelter, food, or protection, or facing new personal, health, and economic instabilities.

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Exhibition 8 March 2020
Mama Cash Feminist Festival at BAK

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht is proud to present a collaboration with Mama Cash for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020. The Mama Cash Feminist Festival celebrates all that feminist movements around the world have fought for and achieved. It also looks forward, as visitors collectively imagine what a more feminist future would look like.

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Gathering 7 March 2020
BAK, basis voor Yallah Sabaya march 2020

On Saturday 7 March 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a special International Women’s Day edition of Yallah Sabaya!

Image: Tony Cokes, installation view Col
Image: Tony Cokes, installation view Collision/Coalition
Education 1 March 2020
Curator tour Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals

On Sunday 1 March 2020, come to BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht for a curator tour of the newly opened Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals, an exhibition and public program with and around the work of artist Tony Cokes! Curator Thiago de Paula Souza will elaborate on the concept behind the exhibition, and take visitors past some of the pivotal works in the show.

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Education 9 January 2020
Bikewars: FreeShop/Workshop
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Gathering 20 December 2019
Yallah Sabaya December 2019

After the success of the first editions, Yallah Sabaya is back. Yallah Sabaya, meaning in Arabic ‘Come ladies! Enjoy yourselves!’, is a special evening just for women, an evening where dance and music connect women from around the world.

Picture taken during A feast by & for by
Picture taken during A feast by & for by De Voorkamer
Education 18 December 2019
Training XXII

The twenty-second training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Bakudapan Food Study Group, and takes place on 18–22 December 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday). This training focuses on mapping, cooking, eating, and reading.

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Research 16 December 2019
Bratislava BAK Winter School

The Bratislava BAK Winter School: Art as Politics is a collaborative and intensive learning week from 16–20 December 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

(c) Beatrice Catazaro
(c) Beatrice Catazaro
Education 11 December 2019
Training XX

The twentieth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Beatrice Catanzaro. It takes place on 11–15 December 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday). This training focuses on exploring memories, communal writing and visualising (personal) stories.

Mapping Qanats (c) QANAT
Mapping Qanats (c) QANAT
Education 11 December 2019
Training XXI

The twenty-first training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with QANAT (Abdellah Hassak, Amine Lahrach, Edouard Sors, Francesca Masoero, George Bajalia, Jérôme Giller, Louisa Aarrass, Noureddine Ezarraf, and Sara Frikech), and takes place on 11–15 December 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday).

Urban Practices and the Future of the Ci
Urban Practices and the Future of the City
Education 5 December 2019
Training XVIII

The eighteenth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Urban Front (David Harvey and Miguel Robles-Durán), and takes place on 5 December 2019 (Thursday).

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Urban Practices and the Future of the City a paneldiscussion with Urban Front (i.a. David Harvey and Miguel Robles-Durán), BAK basis voor actuele kunst, 5 December 2019, photo: Tom Janssen
Presentations 5 December 2019
Urban Practices and the Future of the City
Lecture: David Harvey on Urban Front, BA
Lecture: David Harvey on Urban Front, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, 4 December 2019, photo: Tom Janssen
Presentations 4 December 2019
Lecture: David Harvey on Urban Front
"Children rounded up to play in the suns
"Children rounded up to play in the sunshine”
Education 27 November 2019
Training XVI

The sixteenth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Hamada al-Joumah and Jasmine Eid-Sabbagh, and takes place 27 November–1 December 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday).

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Education 27 November 2019
Training XVII

The seventeenth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with a subdivision of To Be Determined (Clara Balaguer, Gabriel Fontana, and Sarafina van Ast), and takes place 27 November–1 December 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday).

Performance by Black Quantum Futurism
Performance by Black Quantum Futurism
Education 20 November 2019
Training XV

The fifteenth training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Black Quantum Futurism, and takes places 20-22 November 2019 (Wednesday-Friday).

Panel Collaborations, Coalitions, In- an
Panel Collaborations, Coalitions, In- and Exclusions
Education 16 November 2019
Propositions #9/4 Training

This fourth day of the week of Propositions #9 Deserting from the Culture Wars consists of a training with Terra Critica, and a public program including a panel.

Repro Communal Training Camp
Repro Communal Training Camp
Education 15 November 2019
Propositions #9/3 Training

This third day of the week of Propositions #9 Deserting from the Culture Wars consists of a training with Transformella Malor, and a public program including a lecture.

Rose Hammer presents the results of thei
Rose Hammer presents the results of their training The Plague
Education 14 November 2019
Propositions #9/2 Training

This second day of the week of Propositions #9 Deserting from the Culture Wars consists of a training with Rose Hammer and a public program including a lecture with Tom Holert.

Maria Hlavajova presenting during Organi
Maria Hlavajova presenting during Organizational Art
Education 13 November 2019
Propositions #9/1 Training

This first day of the week of Propositions #9 Deserting from the Culture Wars consists of a training with Jonas Staal, and a public program including a lecture with Sven Lütticken.

Performance by Patricia Kaersenhout and
Performance by Patricia Kaersenhout and Angel Bat Dawid, organized as part of Le Guess Who? Festival 2019 and (New) Formats of Care in Times of Violence, a training by Kaersenhout in the context of the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, 8 November 2019, B
Presentations 8 November 2019
BAK x LGW: Performance Patricia Kaersenhout & Angel Bat Dawid
Performance by Patricia Kaersenhout and
Performance by Patricia Kaersenhout and Angel Bat Dawid
Education 6 November 2019
Training XIII

The thirteenth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Patricia Kaersenhout, and takes place 6-8 November 2019 (Wednesday-Friday).

A Feast By & For, dinner organized by De
A Feast By & For, dinner organized by De Voorkamer as part of their training A Week By & For: Designing Inclusive Spaces, organized in the context of the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, 3 November 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, photo: To
Research 3 November 2019
A Feast By & For, with De Voorkamer
Voices of New Women
Voices of New Women
Education 1 November 2019
Training XII

The twelfth training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is a symposium for and by refugee & migrant women by New Women Connectors and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst.

A Week By & For
A Week By & For
Education 29 October 2019
Training XI

The eleventh training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with De Voorkamer, and will take place from 29-31 October 2019 (Tuesday-Thursday) and on 3 november 2019 (Sunday).

(c) Stranded FM
(c) Stranded FM
Education 27 October 2019
Stranded FM

Listen/Re:listen is a radio installation by Stranded FM as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet. Stranded FM, a Utrecht-based “Unconventional Online Radio”, will host a series of trainings from Sunday 27 October untill Wednesday 18 December.

Open Access, collective performance orga
Open Access, collective performance organized by Carmen Papalia as part of the training Open Access: Organizing Accessibility from the Grassroots in the context of the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, 26 October 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utre
Presentations 26 October 2019
Collective Performance: Open Access, with Carmen Papalia
Open Access
Open Access
Education 22 October 2019
Training X

The tenth training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Carmen Papalia, and takes place from 22-26 October 2019 (Tuesday-Saturday).

Decommodifyng Housing
Decommodifyng Housing
Education 16 October 2019
Training VIII

The eighth training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) (Britt Jurgensen), De Nieuwe Meent (Selçuk Balamir), de Kasko (Joska Ottjes), Refugee Collective We Are Here, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Cristina Gamboa and Irene Calabuch Miron. It takes place from 16-20 October 2019 (Wednesday-Sunday). The training consists of discussions, exchange, and cooking.

The Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op Autumn
The Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op Autumn School
Education 16 October 2019
Training IX

The ninth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Fran Ilich, and takes place from 16-20 October 2019 (Wednesday-Sunday). It inlcudes presentations and talks with images, casestudies of alternative art, community and economic models, and collective production and spinning into motion of plans and strategies.

Education 12 October 2019
Training VII

The seventh training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Whitney Stark, and takes place on 12 October 2019. This training focuses on thinking exercises and collaborative resource building to come up with and share tools, practices, and ideas on care, accountability, and relation.

Education 10 October 2019
Training VI

The sixth training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Laced-Up Project, and takes place on Thursday 10 October 2019. The training consists of discussions, presentations, and practical exercises on the art of consent.

Collective dinner
Collective dinner
Education 9 October 2019
Training IV

The fourth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Chloë Bass, and takes place from 9-13 October 2019. This training focuses on cooking, recipe writing, storytelling, dialogue, translation, language-learning and language-teaching.

Photo (c) Staci Bu Shea
Photo (c) Staci Bu Shea
Education 9 October 2019
Training V

The fifth training as part of the Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Staci Bu Shea, and take place on 9 and 11 October 2019. This training focuses on building coalition and affinity, strategies for dealing with feelings, principles of nonviolent communication, creating and maintaining boundaries, and identifying and holding accountability.

Jonas Staal and We Are Here, New World A
Jonas Staal and We Are Here, New World Academy #2: Collective Struggle of Refugees: Lost. In Between. Together, public forum, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 1 December 2013, photo: Ernie Buts
Education 8 October 2019
Course: Instituting Otherwise

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.

Unrestricted Sociality, dance party with
Unrestricted Sociality, dance party with performative intervention organized by Joy Mariama Smith, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 5 October 2019, photo: BAK
Gathering 5 October 2019
Unrestricted Sociality
Photo: Ludger Storcks
Photo: Ludger Storcks
Education 2 October 2019
Training III

The third training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Joy Mariama Smith, and takes place from 2–6 October 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday) at BAK. It is a training in collective reading and writing, conversations, somatics, movement research, karaoke, and more, culminating in a dance party and public intervention on Saturday 5 October 2019.

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Presentations 1 October 2019
The Basic Activist Kitchen

Throughout the course of Trainings for the Not-Yet, the Basic Activist Kitchen (the BAK) organizes daily cooking sessions and meals for trainings participants as well as for passers-by.

Performance by Denise Valentine during U
Performance by Denise Valentine during Unforgetting, a public program part of Trainings for the Not-Yet, 29 September 2019, photo: Thomas Orbon
Presentations 29 September 2019
Unforgetting
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Gathering 27 September 2019
Yallah Sabaya September 2019

Yallah Sabaya (“Come, ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening just for women, an evening where dance and music connect women from around the world. All women, from every country or culture, are welcome to meet, chat, and dance.

Unforgetting & Reconnecting
Unforgetting & Reconnecting
Education 26 September 2019
Training II

The second training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Nancy Jouwe and Denise Valentine, and takes place from 26–28 September 2019. It is a training in mapping timelines, street names, landmarks, oral histories, archival material, and personal histories.

Forensic Justice, exhibition by Forensic
Forensic Justice, exhibition by Forensic Architecture, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen
Education 23 September 2019
Course: Art and Politics September 2019

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 zooms in on the historical period starting with the pivotal year 1989 to today.

Carmen Papalia, collaborative performanc
Carmen Papalia, collaborative performance
18 September 2019
Training Program

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is thrilled to share the schedule of trainings for Trainings for the Not-Yet. These community-to-community sessions, with artists, organizers, activists, dancers, cooks, and more, take place every week, Wednesdays–Sundays (with exceptions) between 14–18 hrs at BAK and are accompanied by a collective dinner (on weekdays, 18–19 hrs) and lunch (on weekends, 13–14 hrs) at the Basic Activist Kitchen.

Adelita Husni-Bey, CHIRON
Adelita Husni-Bey, CHIRON
Education 18 September 2019
Training I

The first training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with artist and pedagogue Adelita Husni-Bey, and takes place from 18-22 September 2019.

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Exhibition 14 September 2019
Trainings for the Not-Yet

An exhibition as a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise, convened with a multitude of collaborators by Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

The City Staircase
The City Staircase
Presentations 14 September 2019
Opening Trainings

Come to BAK, basis voor actuele kunst during the weekend of 14–15 September 2019 for the opening of Trainings for the Not-Yet, an exhibition as a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise, convened with a multitude of collaborators by Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

Workshop by Matthijs de Bruijne and Ceci
Workshop by Matthijs de Bruijne and Cecilia Vallejos during BAK Summer School: Art and Practice in the Otherwise at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo courtesy BAK 
Research 22 July 2019
BAK Summer School 2019

The BAK Summer School: Art as Politics is a collaborative and intensive learning week at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst from 22–26 July 2019 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Tammie Kang, time to times, 2019, instal
Tammie Kang, time to times, 2019, installation HKU MA Fine Art graduation exhibition Futures Without... at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019, photo: Franz Müller-Schmidt
Exhibition 4 July 2019
Futures Without…

From 4–18 July 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst hosts the HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show Futures Without… The opening takes place on Thursday 4 July 2019 from 18 until 21 hrs.

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Gathering 21 June 2019
Yallah Sabaya June 2019

Yallah Sabaya (“Come, ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening just for women, an evening where dance and music connect women from around the world. All women, from every country or culture, are welcome to meet, chat, and dance.

Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Seven
Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Seven Addresses, 2019, installation exhibition The People Are the City by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht at The Utrecht Archives, 2019, photo: Tom Janssen
Gathering 18 April 2019
Special Viewing: Seven Addresses (2019)

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst organizes a special viewing of a new work Seven Addresses (2019) by artist duo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, co-commissioned by BAK and Centraal Museum Utrecht and presented in the exhibition The People Are the City.

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BAK, basis voor New Women Connectors, gathering on 2 March 2019, photo: Rob Godfried
Gathering 12 April 2019
Let’s Mobilize for a Europe We Want: Voices of New Women
Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Seven
Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Seven Addresses, 2019, installation exhibition The People Are the City by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht at The Utrecht Archives, 2019, photo: Tom Janssen
Exhibition 30 March 2019
The People Are the City

With great pride, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents a two-part exhibition The People Are the City, which takes place in the public areas of the Utrecht City Office and at The Utrecht Archives.

Forensic Justice, exhibition by Forensic
Forensic Justice, exhibition by Forensic Architecture, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen
Education 11 March 2019
Course: Art and Politics March 2019

From 11 March until 15 April 2019, BAK organizes the course Art and Politics. A six-week course on the relations between contemporary art and the political

Education 11 March 2019
Course: Art and Politics

From 11 March until 15 April 2019, BAK organizes the course Art and Politics. A six-week course on the relations between contemporary art and the political.

Maria Hlavajova presenting during Propos
Maria Hlavajova presenting during Propositions #3: Art as Commitment on 10 February 2018 at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, photo: Tom Janssen
Presentations 7 March 2019
Modeling a World Otherwise...

A keynote lecture y Maria Hlavajova of the GRACE Conference 2019, titled Gender and Cultures of In/Equality in Europe: visions, poetics, strategies. The conference takes place in Utrecht from 7–9 March 2019, to incorporate International Women’s Day.

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Exhibition 2 March 2019
BAK, basis voor…

In the series BAK, basis voor…, BAK joins forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for “being together otherwise.” The series was conceived as part of the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, organized by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK from 14 September 2019–12 January 2020.

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BAK, basis voor New Women Connectors, gathering on 2 March 2019, photo: Rob Godfried
2 March 2019
Utrecht for Her: Voices of New Women
Marta Popivoda, Yugoslavia, How Ideology
Marta Popivoda, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, 2013, film still
Presentations 23 January 2019
How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body?

Please join us at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 19.30 hrs for the Dutch premiere of the film Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body (2013) by artist and filmmaker Marta Popivoda.

Forensic Oceanography & Forensic Archite
Forensic Oceanography & Forensic Architecture, The Iuventa, 18 June 2017, 2018
Exhibition 13 January 2019
BAK and Nieuwjaarsduik – Forensic Justice
Forensic Architecture, The Killing of Na
Forensic Architecture, The Killing of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammed Abu Daher, 2014
Gathering 4 January 2019
Forensic Justice: Talk by Maria Hlavajova
Gathering 25 November 2018
Oud-Utrecht presents: Yearbook 2018
Doug Ashford, _Bunker 2, 2017, video sti
Doug Ashford, _Bunker 2, 2017, video still, courtesy the artist and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Exhibition 12 May 2018
First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony, and Anger
Studio Jonas Staal and DiEM25, New Union
Studio Jonas Staal and DiEM25, New Unions: DiEM25, Athens, 2017, Yanis Varoufakis lectures in the New Unions: DiEM25, Athens installation in the Sporting Basket Arena, Athens. Photo: Jonas Staal
Presentations 25 November 2017
Propositions #2: Assemblism
Bread and Puppet Theater, Faust 3: Have
Bread and Puppet Theater, Faust 3: Have we entered into a pact with the devil?, 2016. Photo: Ronald T. Simon
Presentations 4 November 2017
Faust 3
Presentations 7 October 2017
Propositions #1: What We Mean
Design: Mevis & Van Deursen. The book co
Design: Mevis & Van Deursen. The book cover features a detail of the artwork by Július Koller, Question Mark Cultural Situation (U.F.O.), 1992, white latex on ready-made textile, collection mumok, Vienna, courtesy of Július Koller Society, Bratislava an
Gathering 31 May 2017
Book Launch of Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989
Maria Hlavajova during the Creative Time
Maria Hlavajova during the Creative Time Summit in Washington DC on 14 October 2016
Presentations 14 October 2016
Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future
Presentations 21 June 2016
After Europe
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Presentations 28 May 2016
S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano)
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Presentations 29 April 2016
Global Art Challenges 2016
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Education 15 April 2016
Tentoonbazen
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Presentations 18 November 2015
Synapse I: Rethinking Institutions
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Gathering 15 October 2015
New World Summit, Rojava
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8 September 2015
Instituting Otherwise
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Exhibition 11 April 2015
New World Academy Exhibition
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Presentations 10 March 2015
Art in the Face of Class Recompositions
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5 February 2015
Human-Inhuman-Posthuman
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Presentations 10 January 2015
Learning & Unlearning
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Presentations 30 October 2014
Constructing Other Worlds
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23 September 2014
Future Collections
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Gathering 19 September 2014
New World Summit #4, Stateless State
Presentations 11 July 2014
Why Biennial?
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Research 16 May 2014
Other Survivalisms
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13 February 2014
Survival
Irene Kopelman, The Molyneux Problem, ex
Irene Kopelman, The Molyneux Problem, exhibition view. Photo: Liselotte Habets
Exhibition 21 August 2011
The Molyneux Problem
Olga Chernysheva, Citizens, painting, 20
Olga Chernysheva, Citizens, painting, 2009. Photo: Victor Nieuwenhuijs
Exhibition 23 January 2011
Olga Chernysheva: In the Middle of Things
Gathering 5 November 2010
BAK at NY Art Book Fair
Courtesy Freee
Courtesy Freee
Exhibition 12 September 2010
Vectors of the Possible
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Exhibition 20 May 2010
I, the Undersigned
Gathering 27 April 2010
Artists Beyond
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Exhibition 12 April 2010
expo zéro
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Exhibition 24 January 2010
Dicht Bij
Gathering 5 November 2009
1st FORMER WEST Congress
Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Calea, 200
Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Calea, 2009. installation. Photo: Victor Nieuwenhuijs
Exhibition 6 September 2009
Surplus Value
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Exhibition 18 April 2009
Urgent Matters
Presentations 13 October 2008
Fitna, the Video Battle
Presentations 6 October 2008
Offending Muslims and Rites of Blasphemy
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007, film
Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007, film
Exhibition 28 September 2008
The Social Studio
Gathering 18 May 2008
Master Humphrey’s Clock
Presentations 3 February 2008
AICA Award
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Gathering 29 January 2008
WomenSpeak!
Kutluğ Ataman, Paradise, 2007, video in
Kutluğ Ataman, Paradise, 2007, video installation, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, photo: Victor Nieuwenhuijs
Exhibition 2 September 2007
Küba/Paradise
Aernout Mik, Mock Up, 2007, videostill
Aernout Mik, Mock Up, 2007, videostill
Exhibition 1 June 2007
Citizens and Subjects: Aernout Mik
Presentations 29 May 2007
RIR in Public: Sopawan Boonnimitra
Roman Ondák, Lucky Day, 2006, photograp
Roman Ondák, Lucky Day, 2006, photograph from the film set
Exhibition 10 March 2007
The Day After Yesterday
Althea Thauberger, Zivildienst ≠ Kunst
Althea Thauberger, Zivildienst ≠ Kunstproject, 2006–2007, video still
Exhibition 14 January 2007
Alone Again (In the Likeness of Life)
Presentations 16 December 2006
Artists as (Public) Intellectuals
Presentations 9 December 2006
Unclaimed Knowledge
Presentations 2 December 2006
Inter-discipline or Non-discipline?
Presentations 25 November 2006
Processing “Knowledge Production” in Art
Aernout Mik, Raw Footage, 2006, video st
Aernout Mik, Raw Footage, 2006, video stills (images from found documentary material), courtesy Reuters & ITN (ITN Source)
Exhibition 1 October 2006
Aernout Mik: Raw Footage/Scapegoats
Haegue Yang, Restrained Courage, 2004, v
Haegue Yang, Restrained Courage, 2004, video still
Exhibition 23 April 2006
Unevenly
Adrian Paci, exhibition view, photo: Ern
Adrian Paci, exhibition view, photo: Ernst Moritz
Exhibition 5 February 2006
Adrian Paci
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Gathering 2 January 2006
Report (Not Announcement)
Presentations 12 November 2005
Undercurrents
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Presentations 1 May 2005
Allegoric Postcard Union
Denisa Lehocká and Boris Ondreička, La
Denisa Lehocká and Boris Ondreička, Landscape, installation view, 2005, photo: Ernst Moritz
Exhibition 17 April 2005
Landscape
Exhibition 31 October 2004
Cordially Invited, episode 3
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Responses to our Solidarity Call Out

After the advice issued by the Utrecht Advisory Committee to defund BAK, we are receiving an overwhelming amount of messages of support.