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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Citizens and Subjects: Practices and Debates
  On Flexible Citizenship
Lecture by Rosi Braidotti
Thursday 1 November 2007 at 20.00 hrs

What positive possibilities could appear for contemporary Europe's social space from the clash between two conflicting tendencies: the celebration of transnational space on the one hand, and the resurgence of hyper-nationalisms at the regional and local levels on the other? Rosi Braidotti argues that a process of 'becoming minoritarian' might create such a space and expand our notion of citizenship. Becoming minoritarian is grounded in notions such as 'nomadic identities', 'accountability' and the 'anti-racist re-location of whiteness'. Braidotti discusses how the de-linking of nationality and ethnic identity from issues of citizenship - which is the key to the flexible idea of citizens - actualizes the 'becoming minoritarian' of Europe by positively reversing the political, social and cultural meanings attributed to the notion of foreigners.

Free entrance, language: English
Location: Aula, Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht

Projekt Migration
Seminar by Marion von Osten and Kathrin Rhomberg
Friday 2 November 2007 at 16.00 hrs

As stated in the introduction to Projekt Migration, a multifaceted international contemporary art project held in Cologne in 2002-2006, 'without migration Germany and Europe would not exist in their historical and current form'. The project undertook to demonstrate that the model of a nation-state based on the idea of homogeneity is no longer valid and, furthermore, that the constitution of Germany as well as Europe has only been possible with the participation of migrant subjects, whether they came as 'guest (or contract) workers' or others. Projekt Migration curatorial team members Marion von Osten and Kathrin Rhomberg revisit the project and consider the current public debates about migration as well as the role of these types of transdisciplinary projects in the generation of critical dialogue among various publics.

Free entrance, language: English, reservations are required:

Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht

Upcoming within Citizens and Subjects: Practices and Debates:

8 November 2007 at 20.00 hrs: The Temperature of the Netherlands, Paul Schnabel

9 November 2007 at 16.00 hrs: Shaping Public Discourse: Daily Art Criticism, Jennifer Allen, Samuel Herzog, Rutger Pontzen

15 November 2007 at 20.00 hrs: Why Dissent is Impossible in Holland: Dutch Citizenship in Historical Context, James Kennedy

16 November 2007 at 18.00 hrs: A Necessary Phoenix: Can Literature Obliterate Identity?,
Abdelkader Benali
(Location: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)

22 November 2007 at 20.00 hrs: The Art of Living with Strangers, Zygmunt Bauman

23 November 2007 at 12.30 hrs: Islam in the West: Impossible Religion or Clashing Culture?, Tariq Ramadan
(Please note that the scheduled time for this lecture has been changed.)

29 November 2007 at 20.00 hrs: The Netherlands, for example, a.o. Rosi Braidotti, Charles Esche, Maria Hlavajova, Sven Lütticken, Henk Oosterling, Iris van der Tuin

30 November 2007 at 16.00 hrs: The Spectre of the Migrant and the Art of Becoming Human, Nikos Papastergiadis
(Location: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)

Citizens and Subjects: Practices and Debates is the third part of the Dutch contribution to the 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2007, which accompanies the project of artist Aernout Mik in the Dutch Pavilion (Citizens and Subjects: Aernout Mik) and a critical reader (Citizens and Subjects: The Netherlands, for example) and consists of series of lectures, seminars, conversations and a master course envisioned as an extension of the Dutch Pavilion 'back' to the Netherlands.

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Concurrently the exhibition by renowned Turkish artist Kutlug( Ataman Küba/Paradise is on view at BAK and De Uithof.

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