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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Presentation of AICA Award and Lecture by Irit Rogoff, 3 February 2008
  Presentation of the AICA Award 2004-2006
Lecture: Irit Rogoff


BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and AICA the Netherlands (International Association of Art Critics) invite you to join us on Sunday 3 February 2008 at 15.00 hrs for a lecture by Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, entitled Taking Part, delivered on the occasion of the presentation of the AICA Award 2004-2006 to BAK.

BAK is honored to be the recipient of the AICA Award 2004-2006. AICA the Netherlands, in announcing the award last autumn, noted that, "In the last few years BAK has organized an impressive list of exhibitions on the border of contemporary art, politics, and the community."

In her lecture, Taking Part, Rogoff considers what is means to take part in culture, beyond the roles that culture allots us-roles such as viewer, listener, ticket holder, visitor, voter, etc. How can we begin to think participation as something we generate, often at an unconscious level, for and through ourselves? Can the spaces of art be thought as the "spaces of appearance" designated by Hannah Arendt and characterized as "speech and action," loosely coming together for a momentary expression and then coming apart again. Would such a "space of appearance" designate the arenas of contemporary art as having a new political potential?

Rogoff's lecture is preceded by a welcome from Maria Hlavajova, Artistic Director of BAK, the presentation of the AICA Award 2004-2006 to BAK by Janneke Wesseling, President of AICA the Netherlands, and an appreciation speech by Marga van Mechelen, Art Historian and Member of AICA the Netherlands. The afternoon concludes with an informal reception from 17.00-18.00 hrs.

Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht. Doors open at 14.30 hrs. Language: English. A limited number of seats are available; please RSVP: or +31 30 2316125.
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