In the context of the Uitfeest BAK organizes a screening of the video work Portrait of an Englishes Collector by artist Nicoline van Harskamp. Portrait of an Englishes Collector is part of the artist’s long-term project Englishes, a series of episodes addressing the development of a future spoken language which other dominant strains of English from their perceived position of primacy.
|Nicoline van Harskamp, Portrait of an Englishes Collector, video still, 2015||/1|
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.
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.