Berlin, 18.3.-24.3. // FORMER WEST im Haus der Kulturen der Welt

FORMER WEST is a contemporary art research, education, publishing, and exhibition project (2008–2014) 

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht warmly invites you to join FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, both in person and virtually, from 18 to 24 March at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and at the project’s Digital Platform on During a seven-day long gathering, artworks, talks, dialogues, rehearsals, performances, workshops, and mutual learning in various constellations of documents and prospects offer a multitude of encounters for negotiating the way of the world from 1989 to today, and for thinking beyond. 

As a platform collapsing the exhibitionary, the performative, and the discursive, FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects is organized into five currents. Each day, students are involved in Learning Place, brought together through collaboration with international cultural institutes, universities, and art academies. This educational performance forms an understructure for public debates on Art ProductionInfrastructure, and Insurgent Cosmopolitanism.

In addition, Dissident Knowledges contributions propose dynamic interventions into the ongoing program with artworks, performances, and statements. The project concludes with a Berlin Public Editorial Meeting inaugurating a two-year trajectory of such meetings leading to the realization of the FORMER WEST publication, as well as a series of impromptu Prospective Statements

With contributions by: Bini Adamczak; Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham; Daniel Baker; Ute Meta Bauer; Neil Beloufa; James Benning; Franco Berardi Bifo; Homi K. Bhabha; Beatrice von Bismarck; Arianna Bove; Ethel Brooks; Tania Bruguera; Boris Buden; Chen Chieh-jen; Chto Delat?/What is to be done?; Keti Chukhrov; Josef Dabernig; Ekaterina Degot; Manthia Diawara; Katja Diefenbach; Helmut Draxler; Marlene Dumas; Köken Ergun; Alice Escher, Boaz Levin, Stefan Träger, and Till Wittwer; Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani; Marcus Geiger; Nida Ghouse; Boris Groys; Stefano Harney; Adrian Heathfield; Tom Holert; Ranjit Hoskote; IRWIN; Antonia Josten; Hassan Khan; Július Koller; Nicolas Kozakis and Raoul Vaneigem; Brigitta Kuster; Maurizio Lazzarato; Dieter Lesage; Li Ran; Maria Lind; Thomas Locher; Isabell Lorey; Esther Lu; Teresa Margolles; Radhouane El Meddeb; Angela Melitopoulos; Aernout Mik; Andrea Milat; Louis Moreno; Nástio Mosquito; Rabih Mroué; Marina Naprushkina; Stefan Nowotny; Boris Ondreička; Marion von Osten; Ahmet Ögüt; Stefan Panhans; Nikos Papastergiadis; Alexei Penzin; Piotr Piotrowski; Tihana Pupovac; Qiu Zhijie; Gerald Raunig; David Riff; Irit Rogoff; Rasha Salti; Katya Sander; Christoph Schlingensief with Nina Wetzel , Matthias Lilienthal, and Paul Poet; Keiko Sei; Ashkan Sepahvand; Simon Sheikh; Judith Siegmund; Société Réaliste: Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy; Praneet Soi; Jon Solomon; Allan deSouza; Felix Stalder; Hito Steyerl; Mladen Stilinović; Zoran Terzić; Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Tom Trevatt; Füsun Türetken with Burak Arikan; Ultra-red; Anton Vidokle with Liza Babenko and Tisha Mukarji; Ina Wudtke; Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan; and many others.Conceptualized by Maria Hlavajova and Kathrin Rhomberg in collaboration with Boris Buden, Boris Groys, Ranjit Hoskote, Katrin Klingan, and Irit Rogoff.

Day ticket € 8 (discount € 5)
Week ticket € 30 (discount € 18)

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