Daily Archives: September 5, 2010

Vectors of the Possible (BAK, Utrecht)

Vectors of the Possible
12 September – 28 November 2010

11 September 2010,
18.00 hrs

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht
The Netherlands


Between 12 September and 28 November, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht proudly presentsVectors of the Possible, a group exhibition with works by Matthew Buckingham, chto delat/What is to be done?, Freee, Sharon Hayes, Runo Lagomarsino & Johan Tirén, Elske Rosenfeld, Hito Steyerl, and Ultra-red, curated by curator and critic Simon Sheikh.

The exhibition Vectors of the Possible examines the notion of the horizon in art and politics and explores the ways in which art works can be said to set up certain horizons of possibility, how art partakes in specific imaginaries, and how it can produce new ones, thus suggesting other ways of imagining the world. In this exhibition Sheikh suggests that we understand the notion of the horizon as an “empty signifier,” but one that holds certain worldviews together, and unites political struggles, giving them a sense of direction. The horizon is that which has to be reached and indeed surpassed for another world to emerge. The art works in this exhibition examine this idea of the horizon as a limit concept, and explore its placement and function within political imaginaries. Art works can be seen as vectors, reckoning possibility and impossibility in (un)equal measures, but always detecting and indicating ways of seeing, and thus of being, in the world.

Vectors of the Possible is a research exhibition within the framework of the project FORMER WEST, an international research, education, publishing, and exhibition undertaking (2008–2013). In its consideration of the notion of the horizon, it is conceptually linked to the 2nd FORMER WEST Research Congress in Istanbul (4–6 November 2010) as well as On Horizons: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, the fourth publication in BAK’s Critical Reader Series (forthcoming February 2011). For more information on FORMER WEST, please visit www.formerwest.org.

BAK Opening hours
Wednesday−Saturday 12.00−17.00 hrs
Sunday 13.00−17.00 hrs

For further information, please contact:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4
3512 PH Utrecht
t: +31 (0)30 2316125
f: +31 (0)30 2304866
e: info@bak-utrecht.nl

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Essential Listening: RadioLabour

RadioLabour, which was launched at the beginning of this year by Canadian labor activist and educator Marc Bélanger, is essential listening for labor activists and anyone interested in the international labor movement. Among other things, you’ll be able to hear regular reports in English on the struggles of trade union activists in the former Soviet Union, and the same group of folks responsible for those reports has also recently begun producing a version of the program in Russian.


This week’s Solidarity Report is now available. The Report is 30 minutes of international labour news and features.

* Millions to strike in India

* UK Underground-subway workers to start rotating strikes

* General strike for pensions in France

* Helping migrant Workers in Canada

* Labor Day in the US and Canada

* Health care changes in UK need public input says union

* Special Report: HIV-AIDS discrimination in China

“The Solidarity Report” is made available every Sunday morning.

Scripts of “The Solidarity Report” are provided for unionists who are studying English as an Additional Language. Visit our website at: www.radiolabour.net

A five-minute update of the latest international labour news “RadioLabour 5” is made available every Friday morning. RadioLabour 5 is available for mobile phones at:  RL-5.net

RadioLabour will begin broadcasting a DAILY news report in January 2011.

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