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inaugurating a two-year trajectory of such meetings leading to the realization of the FORMER WEST publication, as well as a series of impromptu Prospective Statements. FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects is the Berlin sequence of the evolving long-term trajectory of the project FORMER WEST (2008–2014), which unfolds as a platform in the field of art for searching and negotiating, proposing, and collectively reflecting on both the global futures and global histories of the world from 1989 onwards. The project has been initiated and developed by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht; each of its parts, also this iteration in the process of searching reflections, could only be realized through an intense process of exchange and collaboration with numerous artists, theorists, and cultural practitioners, as well as many art, educational, and cultural institutions. I would like to express my gratitude to all of the project’s contributors as I am deeply moved and humbled by their multitudinous critical insights and preparedness to engage in these negotiations about the space of art in our present moment and beyond. Specifically, for truly inspiring conversations that have translated into these gatherings around the focus points of the project’s five currents, I am indebted to those who conceptualized them: Boris Buden, Boris Groys, Ranjit Hoskote, and Irit Rogoff, as well as Kathrin Rhomberg and Katrin Klingan. I am also grateful to Boris Ondreička for thinking through the constellation of artworks in the space.

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FORMER WEST. Documents, Constellations, Prospects. Booklet  

18.03 - 24.03.2013, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin | The Berlin part of the long-term research, education, exhibition, and publication p...

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