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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Lecture Simon Critchley and performance Rabih MrouXX, 17.06.2010
  Simon Critchley
Fictional Force, How the Many are Governed by the Few

Rabih Mroué
The Inhabitants of Images

On Thursday 17 June, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents a lecture by renowned philosopher Simon Critchley entitled Fictional Force, How the Many are Governed by the few and the performance The Inhabitants of Images by Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué. The program is organized by BAK in collaboration with the international conference Waiting for the Political Moment (Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Professor Simon Critchley, currently professor at the New School for Social Research in New York, discusses how the interrelation of force and fiction structures politics today. He elaborates on his own political project, which is based on what he calls "the anarchic moment of democratic dissensus." Elaborating on each of these terms and providing them with a fresh meaning, Critchley's lecture tries to answer the question of what the political means today.

On the same evening, artist Rabih Mroué presents his performance The Inhabitants of Images, which engages with the use and misuse of images for political and ideological purposes in Lebanon and the Middle East. The images in the piece set off a flow of speculation touching upon the fabrication of political mythologies and manipulations.

Location: Universiteit Utrecht, Drift 13, room 0.04
Entrance: free, no reservations required

Through 1 August, Rabih Mroué's first solo exhibition, I, the Undersigned, which includes a number of new installations presented along with his most recent works, is on view at BAK. Visitors to the performance receive a voucher to view the exhibition at BAK for half price.

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