‘episode 3, Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this?

‘episode 3, Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this?

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst

December 9, 2004

'episode 3, Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this?
31 October – 31 December 2004

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Julius Koller, ‘Time/space Definition of the Psychophysical Activity of Matter 1 (Anti-Happening)’, 1968   
Cordially Invited
episode 3, Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe

Cordially Invited is an exhibition and a series of discussions, screenings, and performances on issues of major global, political, and moral consequence today: hospitality and migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, and in practice, seemingly unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

The exhibition Cordially Invited is curated by Maria Hlavajova and Gerardo Mosquera and presents works by the following international artists, artists’ collectives, and cultural producers:

Academic Training Group, Francis Alys, Joze Barsi, Otto Berchem, Monica Bonvicini, Wilfredo Prieto Garcia, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Julius Koller, Jiri Kovanda, Denisa Lehocka, Mapping Worlds, Roman Ondak, Boris Ondreicka, Amalia Pica, Marko Raat, Mindaugas Ratavicius/Giedrius Kumetaitis, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij, Ene-Liis Semper, Monika Sosnowska, and Nomads & Residents (represented by Bik van der Pol), who present works by: Pablo Helguera, Lisl Ponger, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Vangelis Vlahos, Grenzeloos Kijken (a project by Stichting Kunst en Cultuur Zuid-Holland with Arno Coenen, Julika Rudelius, Jasmina Fekovic, Geert Mul, Nicolas Provost, Klaas van Gorkum, Stella van Voorst van Beest, Peter Bogers, Marten Winters, and Marjoleine Boonstra), and an archive of magazines and books about and from Central and Eastern Europe.

Nomads & Residents organize discussions, screenings, and performances each Wednesday with Babak Afrassiabi, Ruxandra Balaci, Kees Bleichrodt, Brett Bloom, Mariana Celac, Calin Dan, Charles Esche, Pablo Helguera, Vesna Madzoski, Raimundas Malasauskas, Geert Mul, Dan and Lia Perjovschi, Lisl Ponger, Marko Raat, Julika Rudelius, Nasrin Tabatabai, Jelena Vesic, and Monika Wucher.

Each Sunday IDFA, International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam presents a program Europe.doc, IDFA’s gaze on the EU with documentary films by Marjoleine Boonstra, Joost Conijn, Leszek Dawid, Joakim Denner, Raymond Depardon, Paul Devlin, Marcel Lozinski, Angus Macqueen, Jos de Putter, Ulrich Seidl, and Sarah Vos.

Two presentations and discussions on the theme of the positive results of migration are organized in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund, including a poetry reading by the 2004 Prince Claus Awards laureate Mahmoud Darwish, and a panel discussion with Yvonne Adhiambo, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Zayd Minty, and a screening by Mona Hatoum.

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht Centraal Museum-Post CM, Agnietenstraat 2, Utrecht
Cordially Invited is the third episode of the visual art program Who if not we…? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe, and is realized within the framework of Thinking Forward, the cultural program on the occasion of the Dutch presidency of the European Union.

Realized in collaboration with:
Prince Claus Fund, The Hague, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, and IDFA, International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.

Financial partners: Thinking Forward, the cultural program on the occasion of the Dutch Presidency of the EU, 2004; Treaty of Utrecht 2013; VSBfonds; NCDO, Amsterdam; The Czech Centre, The Hague; Embassy of the Republic of Poland, The Hague.

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