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BAK embarks on the culminating phase (2014–2016) of FORMER WEST.
A collaborative alliance of five European contemporary art and educational institutions collectively embarks on the culminating phase of the long-term international research project FORMER WEST (2008–2016). The alliance consists of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; Goldmiths College, University of London, London; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; tranzit.cz, Prague; and tranzit.hu, Budapest.
Leading to the realization of the FORMER WEST publication in 2016, the key strand of these collaborations is a series of Public Editorial Meetings. Taking place over the next two years and in various geographical contexts, these meetings aim to negotiate the knowledges gathered throughout the course of the FORMER WEST project while bearing in mind the politico-cultural transformations unique to the locales in which they are held. The Public Editorial Meetings take place in several European cities (such as London, Budapest, and Warsaw, among others) as well as various locations in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States.
The European leg of the collaboration is made possible by generous financial support from the European Union’s Creative Europe program. In addition to the Public Editorial Meetings, the participating institutions join their resources to hold a number of research exhibitions, seminars, publications, and competence meetings during this period.
Following Berlin (2013) and Utrecht (2014), the next Public Editorial Meeting takes place at Goldsmiths College in London on 27 and 28 February 2015. Titled Who is a “People?” Constructions of the “We,” the meeting is curated by Boris Buden (writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin), Maria Hlavajova (artistic director, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Massimiliano Mollona (theorist and writer, London), Andrea Phillips (theorist and writer, London), and Simon Sheikh (curator and theorist, Berlin and London).
New World Academy #5: Stateless Democracy unfolds as a nomadic learning platform over an extended period of time. Its inaugural session takes place on Tuesday, 21 October 2014, at 19.30 hrs in the form of a conference titled Stateless Democracy: The Revolution in Rojava Kurdistan at De Balie, Amsterdam.
New World Academy (NWA) is an
educational platform that invites stateless political organizations to exchange
with artists and students on the role of art and culture in political
struggle. It is established by artist Jonas Staal in collaboration with BAK, basis
voor actuele kunst, and functions as a department of the New World Summit, an
artistic and political organization dedicated to developing parliaments for
organizations banned from democracy. This fifth session of NWA,
Democracy, is brought to life with the Kurdish Women’s Movement. Unlike the
previous four sessions, NWA #5 is
envisioned as a nomadic platform that unfolds over an extended period of time
and is realized in collaboration with various individual and institutional
partners in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and internationally.