1. FORMER WEST, a contemporary art research, education, publishing, and exhibition project (2008–2016)
    A project by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst

    FORMER WEST

    1. This online platform makes publicly accessible the FORMER WEST research trajectory (2008–2016) archive, including an extensive video-archive of lectures, interviews, research gatherings, seminars, and exhibitions.

      FORMER WEST’s culminating phase (2014–2016), led to the major publication Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989, edited by Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh (2016), published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and MIT Press. The editors’ introduction “Editors’ Note: Formering the West” can be read here.

    2. This publication includes over 70 texts, visual essays, and conversations by artists, thinkers, and cultural practitioners worldwide, and marks the culmination of an eight-year artistic and curatorial research experiment, FORMER WEST. The publication can be ordered via MIT Press.