1st Former West Congress

Sa 10 Nov 2009
3 live internet broadcasts, from Ottone Utrecht.
1st Former West Congress

Thu 05 - Za 7 Nov 2009
1st Former West Congress

Organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Venue: Ottone, Kromme Nieuwegracht 62, Utrecht

In the days leading up to the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 2009, BAK, Utrecht hosts the 1st Former West Congress, which gathers some of the most influential curators, artists, theorists, and thinkers of the past two decades from the field of art. This is the first major public program of the long-term, multifaceted international research, education, publishing, and exhibition project Former West (2008–2013).

5 Nov 2009
- Position paper delivered by the Former West curators: Charles Esche (director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and Maria Hlavajova (artistic director BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht).
-Histories and Narratives: Keynotes by Sarat Maharaj (art historian, Lund), Renata Salecl (philosopher, Ljubljana/London), Boris Groys (theorist, New York), and Paul Gilroy (sociologist, London).
-Session review by Jeroen Boomgaard (art historian, Amsterdam).

6 Nov 2009
- Art, its Discourses, and the World at Large
-Opening by Cosmin Costinas (curator BAK, Utrecht) and Georg Schöllhammer (theorist, Vienna) who jointly deliver the keynote.
-conversations with David Riff (art critic, Moscow), Jalal Toufic (artist, Istanbul), Pablo Lafuente (managing editor Afterall, London), Catherine David (curator, Paris), Kerstin Stakemeier (curator, Berlin), Marion von Osten (artist, Berlin/Vienna), Stefan Heidenreich (writer, Berlin), Jorinde Seijdel (art historian, Amsterdam), Christian Hoeller (editor, Vienna), and Helmuth Draxler (curator, Stuttgart/Vienna),
-plenary session.

7 Nov 2009
Art in the Former West:
Exhibitions, Art Institutions, Art Market (1989—2009) is opened by a keynote from Simon Sheikh (curator, Berlin).
-Further conversations . Claire Bishop (art critic, London/New York) and Douglas Gordon (artist, Berlin); Mihnea Mircan (curator, Bucharest) and Piotr Piotrowski (art historian, Poznan/Warsaw); Thomas Boutoux (curator, Paris) and Okwui Enwezor (curator, New York/San Francisco); Nuria Enguita-Mayo (curator, Valencia) and Ana Longoni (art historian, Buenos Aires); Sven Lütticken (art critic, Utrecht) and Tom Holert (art historian, Berlin/Vienna).
-plenary session
-concluding remarks of the Former West curators.

more info
basis voor actuele kunst.
Live internet broadcast from Ottone, Kromme Nieuwegracht 62, Utrecht .

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