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            COP19, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 2013, photo: Giulia Bruno and Armin Linke/2
          1. On 6 February 2015 at 18.00 hrs, BAK celebrates the opening of the research exhibition Anthropocene Observatory, developed by Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog), Armin Linke, and Anselm Franke. Anthropocene Observatory is made possible with support from Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
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            1. 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).

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              1. BAK and Valiz release a new reader within the BAK Critical Reader series, titled Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People): A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, edited by Maria Hlavajova and Ranjit Hoskote. The anthology traces the emergence of a new constellation of publics, who, while questioning existing forms of aesthetic and political representation, place new demands on the cultural field and its institutions.

                Contributors include: Nancy AdajaniaAriella Azoulay, Amelia Barikin and Nikos PapastergiadisBassam El Baroni, Manuel Beltrán, David Graeber and Michelle Kuo, Tom HolertBrian Holmes, Geert LovinkElżbieta Matynia and Joanna Warsza, Simon Sheikh, Jonas Staal, and Stephen Wright. Read more
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                1. 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, titled Stateless 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. 

                  1. February 2015

                      1. Program
                      exhibition developed by Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog) , Armin Linke, and Anselm Franke
                      BAK, Utrecht (NL)
                      part of the semester on Human-Inhuman-Posthuman (Spring 2015)
                      1. Program
                      FORMER WEST Public Editorial Meeting
                      Goldsmiths College, London (GB)
                  2. May 2015

                      1. Program
                      seminars, masterclasses, and workshops with artists and theorists
                      part of the semester on Human-Inhuman-Posthuman (Spring 2015)
                  3. August 2015

                      1. Program
                      summer school
                      Utrecht University, Utrecht (NL)