Propositions #8: I Wanna Be Adored (the Non-Fascist Remix)

Bak, basis voor actuele kunst Pauwstraat 13A, 3512 TG Utrecht, Jun 2019

A culmination of the BAK 2018/2019 Research Fellowship post-academic program with performance, music, installations, hosted space, dancing, bites, and celebration

With Haseeb Ahmed, Katayoun Arian, Jessica de Abreu, Thiago de Paula Souza, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Patricia Kaersenhout, Charl Landvreugd, Lukáš Likavčan, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Mick Wilson

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht proudly presents Propositions #8: I Wanna Be Adored (the Non-Fascist Remix), an evening program of performance, music, installations, hosted space, dancing, bites, and celebration with the [ BAK 2018/2019 Research Fellows]. The program is the culmination of the BAK 2018/2019 Fellowship Program, in which the Fellows individually and collectively developed their research dealing with the pressing issues of the contemporary, including-in concert with BAK’s main research focus [ Propositions for Non-Fascist Living]Propositions for Non-Fascist Living–the resurfacing undercurrent of fascisms. Propositions #8: I Wanna Be Adored (the Non-Fascist Remix) synthesizes the research and learning trajectory of the past ten months, and addresses it through a celebratory spatial experience of a party otherwise.

As crises of the contemporary compound, society demands our bodies and minds stay productive while simultaneously processing anxiety, violence, and trauma. Through the real risks of social change work and building practices toward liberation, there is a need for collective experiences that can deal with the urgencies of our times while allowing and fostering joy, generosity, celebration, hospitality, and togetherness.

Propositions #8: I Wanna Be Adored (the Non-Fascist Remix) takes cues from alternative ways of coming together, whether through collective organizing, artistic practice, study groups, or the dance floor, and is inspired by legacies of club and night culture in which less traditional sites of knowledge production, such as the body, the party, the collective experience, sonic environments, and dance, are key. Spaces that center embodied celebration and enjoyment along with communal knowledges and negotiations can offer tangible tools, imaginaries, and possibilities for fostering joyful and critical acknowledgement, release, healing, conviviality, artistic practice, and expression—modeling practices for being together otherwise.

The title of the event is inspired by Madchester band The Stone Roses’ song “I Wanna Be Adored,” taking a facetious spin to the sometimes superficial and isolating position of “the artist” and “the club,” and proposing a “non-fascist remix.” This event is premised on a love for (more than) humanity without sorting according to social “types” or rigorous zones of exclusion for categories of people, while also intentionally facilitating space for those who feel the brunts and violences of structural oppressions.

19.00 hrs: doors open
20.00 hrs: welcome
20.30 hrs: start performances and programming
00.00 hrs: end