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Experimental Repetitions: The Art of Re-enactment

Rod Dickinson and Tom McCarthy, Greenwich Degree Zero, 2006, mixed media installation

Thursday 13 November 20.00–23.00 hrs

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst hosts a series of presentations, screenings, and discussions with artists and writers Rod Dickinson, Steve Rushton, and Michael Uwemedimo titled Experimental Repetitions: The Art of Re-enactment.
Over the course of the evening, Dickinson, Rushton, and Uwemedimo explore the turn to re-enactment in contemporary art practice over the last decade or so through a mixture of presentations, screenings of works, and active discussion. The “experimental impulse” artists have exhibited in restaging and recording social experiments (as seen, for example, in the work of Artur ¯mijewski, currently on view at BAK), protests, traumatic events, and rituals of communality—as well as other artworks themselves—is considered via questions of autonomy, repetition, the generation of knowledge, as well as the relationship of these practices to memory, forgetting, and the establishment of identity. What experimental formal, methodological, and philosophical approaches can forms of re-enactment take? Do such practices allow for moments of “counter-staging” in which a critique of the spectacular use of images and events is possible?
Rod Dickinson is an artist and writer, and is currently a guest of BAK’s Research-in-Residence (RIR) program. His work Greenwich Degree Zero (with Tom McCarthy) will be on view in the upcoming exhibition The Art of Iconoclasm, part of BAK’s three-part project The Return of Religion and Other Myths, 30.11.2008–01.03.2009. Steve Rushton is a writer, editor, and curator who currently teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Michael Uwemedimo is an artist, curator, and writer who was a guest of BAK’s RIR program earlier this year.
Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht. Language: English. Attendance is free of charge, however space is limited. Please RSVP: t: +31 (0)30 2316125, e: For more information please visit:
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