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CO-OPS Inter-territorial Explorations in Art and Science

2nd CO-OPs Public Event: Practices and Debates 28, 29, 30 June 2007

From Thursday 28 June to Saturday 30 June 2007, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and CO-OPs, in collaboration with Universiteitmuseum Utrecht, host three days of presentations and dialogues: Inter-territorial Explorations in Art and Science – 2nd CO-OPs Public Event : Practices and Debates.

A long-term cooperation between BAK and CO-OPs results in an intensive three-day program of public lectures, expert meetings, exhibits, presentations and debates on various practices and models of collaboration between artists and scientists in response to current challenges such as globalization. It takes place on 28, 29, 30 June 2007 at various venues in the city center of Utrecht.

CO-OPs is a project that investigates the relation between contemporary art and science, and is comprised of seven teams consisting of scientists and artists, who collaborate on a specific topic that both are concerned with but until now have only studied from within their respective domains. CO-OPs Inter-territorial Explorations in Art and Science – 2nd CO-OPs Public Event: Practices and Debates introduces and discusses the process and the preliminary results of each team’s research and collaboration in public presentations and debates, as well as in temporary archives. The program also includes two keynote lectures by Siân Ede, author of the book Art and Sciences, and Marko Peljhan, artist, as well as two expert meetings with artists and scholars who have long been engaged in the issue.

CO-OPs, as a part of the NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek [Dutch Organization for Scientific Research]) research program Transformations in Art and Culture, contributes to investigating recent major changes in art and culture in relation to globalization, commercialization, and technologization. The project, initiated and supported by the NWO, launched at BAK in September 2006 and runs until the end of 2007.

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, a platform for artistic articulation and intellectual analysis in accommodating various aspects of complex socio-political situations in the contemporary world, is pleased to have had the opportunity to engage in this encounter and partnership with CO-OPs.

All the activities in the program are in English (except where noted).

For a detailed program and more information, please visit or More information can also be obtained by contacting Ralph Kits at +31 (0)30 2316125 or

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