BAK Critical Reader Series
On Horizons: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art
Released as part of a series from BAK, or Basis voor Actuele Kunst in Utrecht.
On Horizons: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art is the fourth publication in the BAK Critical Reader Series. On Horizons explores the theoretical notion of the horizon and the linkage between contemporary art and political imagination. It examines whether the horizon, commonly taken to be the “line” demarcating that which is beyond reach or declared impossible by the dominant order, could be recharged—via artistic and political imaginaries—with potentially liberating significance. A diverse range of speculative new texts by artists, philosophers, theorists, and art historians examine the genealogy of the horizon in philosophy and art, explore how today’s neoliberal hegemony has been produced at the expense of a loss of a horizon of change and difference, and consider how art works and exhibitions set up certain horizons and thus partake in the production of the political. The reader is conceptually linked to FORMER WEST Research Exhibition Vectors of the Possible, curated by Simon Sheikh, BAK, Utrecht (12.09.–28.11.2010) and On Horizons: Art and Political Imagination, the 2nd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Istanbul (04.–06.11.2010).
BAK Critical Reader Series
Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and post editions are pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, the inaugural publication in the BAK Critical Reader Series, which has been out of print for a number of years. Originally published in 2006, the reader is the final part of the multifaceted project Concerning War, which took place at BAK in 2005–2006.
Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art presents new and anthologized texts by artists and writers who analyze the possibilities for critical artistic response to the contemporary world as a site of global war. In a variety of distinct ways and from different positions, contributing authors reflect on the nature and numerous aspects of our contemporary condition marked by ongoing violence and conflicts across the globe, and provide insights into how the world in this state of war, though predominantly addressed from our Western perspective, could be re-imagined differently through contemporary artistic and intellectual practices.
With contributions by Ross Birrell, Boris Buden, Jordan Crandall, Bregje van Eekelen, Boris Groys, Viktor Misiano, Irit Rogoff, Martha Rosler, Sean Snyder, and Hito Steyerl.
The second edition of Concerning War contains a new preface reflecting on the four years since the reader’s initial publication and the continued urgency of the topics at hand, as well as an extensive index, which allows for the shared engagements and key themes within the reader contributions to become visible on another level.