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[Nettime-ro] opening - Concerning War - zaterdag 5 november 2005, 16.00

Van: "BAK, basis voor actuele kunst" <info {AT} bak-utrecht.nl>
Datum: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 16:30:34 +0200
Aan: "BAK, basis voor actuele kunst" <info {AT} bak-utrecht.nl>
Onderwerp: opening - Concerning War - zaterdag 5 november 2005, 16.00 uur

Concerning War 

Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality 



Opening: 5 November at 16.00 hrs 

Writer and publicist Michaël Zeeman delivers an opening speech in the form of a "document of hope". 


Concerning War is a project with a multi-faceted format including an exhibition Soft Target. War as a 
Daily, First-Hand Reality, a series of weekly lectures, conversations, screenings, and performances 
called Undercurrents, as well as a publication that consider how the issue of war is reflected upon in 
contemporary artistic practice. Concerning War focuses on the current situation of a permanent state of 
conflict across the globe. Concerning War addresses violent incidents in the world not as isolated 
events but as a new condition of an ongoing, unparalleled warfare. 


The exhibition entitled Soft Target. War as Daily, First-Hand Reality presents a collection of works by over 
twenty international artists and filmmakers. While addressing different concepts of war, Soft Target? 
begins with the question of whether art can provide a probing, radical impression of war as a daily, 
first-hand reality. Whereas the media fall short of addressing this issue, various artistic positions in the 
exhibition speculate upon the capacity of images to convey the reality of war, as well as about ethics of 
any such attempt. The exhibition is curated by Brigitte van der Sande. 

Participating artists: Kamal Aljafari(Cologne), Maja Bajevic(Sarajevo/Paris), Jean-Jacques Birgé(Paris), 
Manel Esparbé i Gasca(Amsterdam), Jean-Luc Godard(Paris), Sagi Groner(Tel Aviv/Amsterdam), Afredo 
Jaar(New York), Aryan Kaganof(Johannesburg), Chris Marker(Paris), Renzo 
Martens(Brussels/Amsterdam/Brazzaville), Aernout Mik(Amsterdam), Deimantas Narkevic?ius(Vilnius), 
Jules & Gédéon Naudet and James Hanlon(New York), Ronald Ophuis(Amsterdam), Adela 
Peeva(Sofia), Alain Resnais(Paris), Anri Sala(Tirana/Berlin), Coco Schrijber(Amsterdam), Peter 
Watkins(London), and Jasmila Z<caron>banic´ (Sarajevo). 


Undercurrents, is a series of weekly informal talks with artists, curators, and theorists on subjects that 
touch upon the underlying forces behind the current state of permanent warfare. If we are to believe that 
war has become one of the main organizing principles of social, political, and economic relations in the 
world today, amongst the most important questions the project poses is, "What space can artistic and 
intellectual work claim to inhabit?" Through presentations, lectures, conversations, screenings, and 
performances, the participants in Undercurrents discuss issues such as fear, the rhetoric of war, 
agonistic democracy, notions of the enemy, security, and biopower from the perspective of their own 
critical practices. Undercurrents is curated by Danila Cahen, Binna Choi, and Maria Hlavajova. 

12. 11. 2005, 16.00 hrs: On Documenting (truth and politics), with Boris Buden, writer, Berlin, Hito Steyerl, 
filmmaker and writer, Berlin, and Renzo Martens, artist, Brussels, Amsterdam, Brazzaville 

19. 11. 2005, 16.00 hrs: On Crisis (emergency and new heroism), with Jeremiah Day, artist, Amsterdam, 
Klub Zwei, artists collective, Vienna, and Jan Verwoert, art critic, Berlin 

26. 11. 2005, 16.00 hrs: On Fear (war machine and threat), with 

Pavel Büchler, artist, Manchester, Kendell Geers, artist, Brussels, and Henk Oosterling, philosopher, 

3. 12. 2005, 16.00 hrs: On Rhetoric (language and new warfare), with Ayreen Anastas, artist, New York, 
Bregje van Eekelen, cultural theorist, Amsterdam, and Rene Gabri, artist, New York 

10. 12. 2005, 16.00 hrs: On Mutation (post-cold war and new order), with Viktor Misiano, art critic and 
curator, Moscow, Sean Snyder, artist, Berlin, and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, artists 
collective, Seoul 

17. 12. 2005, 16.00 hrs: On Imagining (options and strategies of resistance), with Mieke Bal, cultural 
theorist, Amsterdam, Benda Hofmeyer, philosopher, Rotterdam, Lars Bang Larsen, curator and art critic, 
Copenhagen, Dieter Lesage, philosopher, Brussels, and Willem de Rooij, artist, Amsterdam 


Additional information: 

Exhibition venues:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht 

shopping mall Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht 

Opening hours: 
Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality 
(both locations): Thursday?Sunday 13.00?19.00 hrs 

(BAK, basis voor actuele kunst): every Saturday 16.00 hrs 

More information: www.bak-utrecht.nl or contact Anja Mosselaar ph: +31 30 2316125, e: 
anja {AT} bak-utrecht.nl 

For financial support we thank: Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, 
Design and Architecutre, Foundation Memory Fund Vincent van Gogh, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, K.F. 
Hein Fonds, Stichting De Gijselaar-Hintzenfonds, Antenne de la Haye/Institute Français des Pays-Bas. 

The activities of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst have been made possible by financial support from: 
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, City Council of Utrecht, and the Province of Utrecht.


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