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        2. Learning Laboratories - exhibition conceptualized by Tom Holert - 03.12.2016–05.02.2017

          A research exhibition and a symposium, Learning Laboratories: Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space Around 1970 sets out to reconstruct educational imaginaries—the past’s conceptions of the future of education—in an archaeological excavation of learning spaces and knowledge environments of the 1960s and 1970s.
          Taped individual programs with headsets, open classroom, Granada Community School, Belvedere-Tiburon, California, photo: Rondal Partridge. Source: Robert Propst, High School: The Process and the Place, ed. Ruth Weinstock (New York: Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1972)./1
        3. The Real Estate of Education - symposium organized by Tom Holert, Annette Krauss, and Tom Vandeputte - 04.02.2017

          In the context of the exhibition Learning Laboratories the symposium The Real Estate of Education takes place on Saturday 4 February 2017. 
          Glendon P. Nimnicht & Arthur R. Partridge, Designs for Small High Schools (Greeley, Col.: Educational Planning Service, Colorado State College—with financial support by Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1962), 74./1
        4. The Southern Summer School - project conceptualized by Dorine van Meel and Nelmarie du Preez - 17.02.–24.02.2017

          In February 2017 BAK hosts The Southern Summer School, a project initiated by artists Dorine van Meel and Nelmarie du Preez. It brings together art practitioners and cultural workers based in South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and begins from the acknowledgment that the colonial involvement of the Dutch and the British empire in South Africa continues to operate in the present. In the months preceding The Southern Summer School workshops and reading groups will be organized in South Africa, the Netherlands, and the UK.
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        5. Seminar - exhibition conceptualized by Henk Slager - 11.03.–21.05.2017

          Seminar, conceptualized by Henk Slager, is a research exhibition on the seminar as a model that offers an alternative for learning and knowledge transference. The aim of the exhibition is to break the associated deadlock of the so-called “educational turn” in art through a rethinking of philosopher Roland Barthes’ concept of “seminar.”
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        6. 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 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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        7. 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.
        8. 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 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.

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