Bak presents a culmination of the post-academic BAK 2019/2020 Fellowship Program in the form of a sonic science fiction transmission from BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. With among other fellows; Joy Mariama Smith (DAI, 2017) and soon to be returning DAI-tutor Grant Watson (DAI, 2007-2015).

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, proudly invites you to Propositions #12: Waves Breaking Walls, Futures in Movement, a culmination of the BAK 2019/2020 Fellowship Program. In the course of the past year, the Fellows individually and collectively developed their research engaging with the pressing issues of the contemporary in concert with BAK’s research focus, Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing).

Propositions #12 synthesizes the research and learning trajectory of the Fellowship and addresses it through “an acoustic choreography.” Consisting of a series of experimental scenes presented in four acts, the Fellows use science fiction as a speculative form of reimagining presents, pasts, and futures. Each scene has been devised by one or more of the Fellows through direct and indirect collaborations, and the choreography includes sonic works, a radio play, music, interviews, conversations, and more.

Breaking out of spatial constraints through the use of a radio broadcast, streaming, and collaboration across distance, Propositions #12 can be attended physically at BAK in small groups, listened to online, or tuned into via FM radio (via

The BAK 2019/2020 Fellows include Mijke van der Drift (writer, educator, and performer; Amsterdam and London); Mitchell Esajas (anthropologist and curator; Amsterdam); Katia Krupennikova (curator and critic; Amsterdam); Diana McCarty (independent media producer; Berlin); David Muñoz Alcántara(artist, architect, and researcher; Helsinki); Oleksiy Radynski (filmmaker and writer; Kyiv); Reem Shilleh (researcher, curator, editor, and artist; Brussels and Ramallah); Urok Shirhan (artist and researcher; Utrecht); Joy Mariama Smith(performance, installation, and movement artist and educator; Amsterdam); and Grant Watson (curator; London).

11.30–12.00 hrs  Doors open for those attending in person; audio stream begins at 12.00 hrs
12.00–14.15 hrs  Act I
14.15–14.45 hrs  Musical/Acoustic Interlude by the BAK 2019/2020 Fellows 
14.45–16.45 hrs  Act II 
16.45–17.15 hrs  Musical/Acoustic Interlude by the BAK 2019/2020 Fellows 
17.15–19.00 hrs  Act III
19.30–21.30 hrs  Act IV 
21.30–21.45 hrs  Epilogue and Outro

View the full program here.

Audio stream
The link to the online audio stream of the event, broadcast via, is made available here prior to the event.

Tickets to attend the program in person at BAK can be booked for the first three acts (please note: limited capacity!). If you wish to attend more than one act, you can book separate tickets.

To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff on location, BAK has prepared a number of Covid-19 guidelines. Please read these (via Eventbrite) prior to booking your tickets.

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