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1st Former West Congress

1st Former West Congress, Ottone, Utrecht (photo: Guus Schoth)

5–7 November 2009
Organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Venue: Ottone, Kromme Nieuwegracht 62, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Video recordings of all 1st Former West Congress contributions are available on

In the days leading up to the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 2009, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts the 1st Former West Congress, which gathers some of the most influential curators, artists, theorists, and thinkers of the past two decades from the field of art. This is the first major public program of the long-term, multifaceted international research, education, publishing, and exhibition project Former West (2008–2013).
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