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        2. Reading Anarchism - reading groups - 17.02., 24.02., 16.03.2016, 17–19 hrs

          As part of Nicoline van Harskamp's contribution to Unstated, the library and series of reading groups titled Reading Anarchism, BAK hosts three evenings where the artist and invited readers activate selected texts from the library through collective discussion.
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        3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval) - exhibition and public program - 30.01.–01.05.2016

          opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12.00–18.00 hrs, Thursdays limited access to the exhibition.

          Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)—part exhibition; part site for gathering, learning, and exchange—brings together perspectives from the geopolitical pressure points of various forms of statelessness. From Rojava to Palestine to Greece to the refugees in limbo in the Netherlands, the “unstated”—out of sync with the state: unable or unwilling to comply with its extant forms and demands—bear witness to their condition as one of both violent struggle and cautious possibility.
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        4. New World Summit: Stateless Democracy - a three-day assembly - 29.01.–31.01.2016

          New World Summit: Stateless Democracy was a three-day assembly that explores the possibilities of uncoupling the practice of democracy from the construct of the nation-state. This summit brings together stateless and autonomist movements from all over the world to explore the potential of stateless democracy as a transnationalist paradigm that opposes state oppression in all forms to invest in a new emancipatory politics of the 21st century. For this sixth summit a temporary parliament is built in the aula of Utrecht University. 
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        5. upcoming reader - Marion von Osten: Once We Were Artists

          In the publishing line of BAK Critical Readers in Artists’ Practice a publication will be released in April 2016 on artists and cultural producers Marion von Osten, titled Once We Were Artists, charting the qualitative changes in the artistic practices in relation to social change in the course of the last four decades.  

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        6. research intinerary - Future Vocabularies (2014–2016)

          In 2016 BAK prolongs its research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016). In 2016 the leading concept to shape BAK’s program is that of instituting otherwise. The series is prompted by the desire to engage publically with the ideal of institutional innovation that would sync the operations of the infrastructure in general—and of the art infrastructure in particular—with the rapidly developing world that is enveloped in a series of concurrent crises (political, social, environmental, military, cultural, aesthetic, or other). More information can be found here.
        7. upcoming publication - FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary after 1989

          Having entered its culminating phase, FORMER WEST, the transnational research, education, exhibition, and publication project of BAK will conclude with a major publication synthesizing its eight year-long efforts. Titled FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary after 1989 and edited by Boris Buden (cultural theorist, Berlin), Maria Hlavajova (BAK artistic director), and Simon Sheikh (curator and writer, London/Berlin), the book inquires into the complex relationship between art and the contemporary from 1989 onwards, probed through the propositional imaginary of a “former West.” Release date December 2016.

        8. research itinerary - New World Academy

          The Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava (West-Kurdistan) and the New World Summit organize part two of the 5th New World Summit, which takes place April 2016 in the city of Derîk in Cizîre canton of Rojava (Syrian-Kurdistan). At the 5th New World Summit, the representatives of the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava join in discussion with the members of stateless and progressive political organizations from around the world. This summit is organized for the occasion of the construction of a new public parliament, developed by the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and the New World Summit. BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht is a partner of the New World Summit and supports its 5th session through its ongoing work with the New World Academy and the Kurdish Women’s Movement on the subject of “stateless democracy.” More information can be found here
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        9. publication - Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People)

          BAK and Valiz proudly present Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People): A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art. For more information about the book, please see here.
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          1. 2016

              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              30.01.–01.05.2016
              group exhibition and public program
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Reading Anarchism
              17.02.2016 17.00–19.00 hrs
              first reading group with Nicoline van Harskamp and invited readers Richard John Jones and Yoonis Osman Nuur
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Reading Anarchism
              24.02.2016 17.00–19.00 hrs
              second reading group with Nicoline van Harskamp and invited readers Lise Autogena and Katja Sokolova
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Reading Anarchism
              16.03.2016 17.00–19.00 hrs
              third reading group with Nicoline van Harskamp and invited readers Maria Barnas and Ronahi Muhamad
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Here We Are Academy
              05.04.–08.04.2016
              an experimental education program conceived with and led by We Are Here with Campus in Camps
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Instituting for the Contemporary
              11.04.2016
              public editorial meeting
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Instituting for the Contemporary
              18.04.2016
              public editorial meeting
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Instituting for the Contemporary
              25.04.2016
              public editorial meeting
              1. Future Vocabularies
              2. Instituting Otherwise
              3. Unstated (or, Living Without Approval)
              4. Universal Anthem
              01.05.2016
              performance of Universal Anthem, a work by Société Réaliste