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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Concerning "Knowledge Production" (Practices in Contemporary Art)
  A series of lectures and dialogues


A series of lectures, presentations, discussions, and a publication on current articulations of the notion "producing knowledge" in contemporary art practices.

Saturday 25 November 2006
Processing "Knowledge Production" in Art considers the adoption of the term "knowledge production" in the contemporary art field, and interrogates the process of its emergence from art historical, social, and political perspectives.

16.00 hrs
Lectures by and discussion with: Clémentine Deliss, curator and writer, Edinburgh; Vincent Meessen, artist, Brussels; Simon Sheikh, art critic and curator, Berlin/Copenhagen
20.00 hrs
Screening program by Vincent Meessen.

Saturday 2 December 2006
Inter-discipline or Non-discipline? discusses various interpretations of the so-called interdisciplinary approach in contemporary art and its position within other disciplinary knowledge systems in terms of the connectivity, exclusiveness, or exchange between them.

16.00 hrs
Lectures by and discussion with: Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, artists, Amsterdam; Mariana Castillo Deball, artist, Amsterdam, Berlin, Mexico City; Bruno Latour, philosopher, sociologist, curator, Paris
20.00 hrs
Anne van der Zwaag, arthistorian, introduces and reads from a selection of artists' books.

Saturday 9 December 2006
Unclaimed Knowledge explores how marginalized knowledge is shaped into new forms (artistic knowledge, non-knowledge) through contemporary art practices, and looks at the particular role of the "visual" in these practices.

16.00 hrs
Lectures by and discussion with: Sven Lütticken, art critic and art historian, Amsterdam; Eva Meyer & Eran Schaerf, philosopher and artist, Berlin
20.00 hrs
Performance by artist Claire Harvey and screening of video documentation of a performance by choreographer Ivana Müller.

Saturday 16 December 2006
Artists as (Public) Intellectuals considers how the definition of the term "intellectual" in a broader sense might be expanded by thinking of artists as "knowledge producers" and thus as a type of intellectual, and discusses the ethical, political, and social implications of defining artists in this way.

16.00 hrs
Lectures by and discussion with: Thierry de Duve, art theoretician, Brussels; Georg Schöllhammer, art critic and editor, Vienna; Seçil Yersel, artist, Istanbul
20.00 hrs
Screening of filmmaker and writer Trinh T. Minh-ha's most recent film followed by a public reading of one of her texts.

Entrance fee
€ 2,50; reduction € 1,75; BOOKS@BAK members free entrance
break: optional light meal € 10,00
evening program: € 2,50; reduction € 1,75; BOOKS@BAK members free entrance

Language: English. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. Reservations for dinner are required, t: +31 (0)30 2316125 or e:

Opening hours of the solo exhibition by Aernout Mik Raw Footage/Scapegoats: 1 October until 24 December 2006, Wednesday-Saturday 12.00-17.00 hrs and Sunday 13.00-17.00 hrs. The exhibition's opening hours are extended on Saturday 25 November, Saturday 2 December, Saturday 9 December and Saturday 16 December from 12.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs.

For the most recent information contact Ralph Kits, t: +31 (0)30-2316125 or e: or see

Lectures Program as pdf-File 63,0 KB in dutch language
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