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2017
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Art in a Time of Interregnum

Organizing institution
BAK, in cooperation with HKU Fine Arts,
Course code
A19
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 650
Level
Advanced master level

The Art in a Time of Interregnum Summer School brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. This course will discuss the interregnum, the precariat, contemporary constructions of “we,” the posthuman, the Anthropocene, the unraveling legacies of western modernity, and the challenges of contemporary fascisms with a thematic inquiry into forms of artistic expression that shift and are relevant to contemporary destabilizations; art contributing a space for envisioning ways of being together otherwise.

This summer school begins from the understanding that ours is a time of interregnum—a time of ongoing transition. Much in the sense of political thinker Antonio Gramsci’s understanding of crisis, these times are rife with a “great variety of morbid symptoms” as ruling structures prove, in their grasping at “coercive force,” to no longer be sustainable; “the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” As social, geopolitical, economic, and technological structures rapidly change, along with the unraveling legacies of western modernity, and with ongoing recompositions of class, global migration, and the endurability of the planet, so transform ideas, practices, and meanings of resistance, coming together, identity, activist and artistic practice, and collectivity and closeness—as well as the notions of artistic production, the (art) institution, and the public. How, then, does art relate to a contemporary as such? How to think art under such circumstances, and how to think about the contemporary with and through art in order to build space for envisioning ways of being together otherwise?

The Art in a Time of Interregnum Summer School brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Concepts of the precariat, the challenges of contemporary fascisms, contemporary constructions of “we,” the posthuman, the Anthropocene, etc. will be discussed with a thematic inquiry into forms of artistic expression relevant to contemporary destabilizations.
In order to address these questions, the Summer School will draw upon BAK research conducted within two interrelated projects, FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2013–ongoing). The former develops a critical understanding of the legacies of 1989’s radical resistance to power in order to reevaluate the global present and speculate about global futures. The latter attempts to act out concrete propositions that explore shifts in the existing conceptual vocabularies within artistic, intellectual, and activist practices. Artists, curators, activists, and theorists will convene workshops, presentations, study groups, screenings, and lectures.

Before the Summer School, participants will receive a link to a dropbox with PDFs of critical readings and links to videos. Each day there will be workshops, lectures, screenings, etc. by Maria Hlavajova, the artistic director of BAK, and visiting artists/activists/curators/academics, including: artist Nicoline van Harskamp (Amsterdam), activist and organizer Yoonis Osman Nuur (refugee collective We Are Here, Amsterdam), director and curator Josien Pieterse (Framer Framed,Amsterdam), assistant professor of law and humanities Dr. Michiel Bot (Tilburg and Amsterdam), curator Matteo Lucchetti (BAK, Utrecht), curator and activist Amal Alhaag (The Side Room; the Center for Material Culture, Amsterdam), and artist Maria Guggenbichler (Amsterdam). We will also be organizing small working groups in which the participants will practice different kinds of facilitation and horizontal group work in order to come up with an artistic proposition.

Tags: art, contemporary, the political, theory, praxis, collectivity, activism, posthumanism, precarity, fascisms

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COURSE LEADER

Maria Hlavajova

TARGET GROUP

This is an advanced, interdisciplinary course designed for artists, curators, art theorists, academics, MA/MFA level or higher students, and professionals in the fields of art and social change.

COURSE AIM

In times of rapidly changing political, economic, and global structures, as well as transformations in the meanings of art production, (art) institution, and audience, this course aims to explore the question of how, through art, we can envision and practice ways of being together otherwise.

STUDY LOAD

Each day will consist of a two-hour block in the morning and a three-hour block in the afternoon, in which lectures, presentations, workshops, screenings, group work, and/or critical plenary discussions will take place. Participants should expect up to an hour and a half of study and/or site visiting per evening. Before the course, participants will be sent a link to a dropbox containing pre-summer school readings and/or links to explore or view. Participants are expected to have read compulsory materials before the course and to be prepared to actively participate in discussions and workshops. The course will be taught in spoken English. Please inquire for any accessibility concerns.

FEE

• € 650 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 450 - Course + course materials

DISCOUNTS AND COMBINATIONS
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SCHOLARSHIPS

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

MORE INFORMATION

Whitney Stark
E: whitney@bak-utrecht.nl
T: +31 (0)30 231 6125

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REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration: 15 June 2017

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