Last Saturday in Utrecht, over the course of almost twelve hours of the dense congress ‘Beyond What Was Contemporary Art Continued’, which was the third Former West Research Congress, various cultural producers, mainly from Europe and North Africa contributed to the discursive process of the undoing of the West.
Maria Hlavajova discusses the projectCall the Witness, which adresses the situation of the Roma within European culture and society.The project has an exhibition platform in both BAK in Utrecht and in the Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, opening on June 1st.
'What can be demanded of a new generation, if its parents never dream at all?' The follow-up of last year's congress focuses on the notion of new horizons in politics and art after 1989 - and speakers were not afraid to ask provocative questions.
In an exhibition at BAK, curator and art historian Simon Sheikh speculates on the possibilities of life in an age that has moved beyond political chaos. What are the perspectives? Are there new reference points?
Utrecht BAK, basis voor actuele kunst 21/05/10 - 01/08/10
Witness, narrator, chronicler, participant and agent. In I, the Undersigned, Rabih Mroué's first solo-exhibition as a visual artist, he questions the role of the artist in the charged context of post-war Lebanon, focusing on the political and historical amnesia.
Dancing seems to be a popular medium in contemporary art institutions these days. In the context of the current Springdance festival in Utrecht, BAK presents a ‘musée de la danse’, which involves an exhibition without objects. METROPOLIS M talks to BAK curator Cosmin Costinaş on his considerations for the exhibition.