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. 16 November 2020

      In Memory of Marion von Osten

      We at BAK are deeply saddened that Marion von Osten has left this world. We are indebted to Marion for all she has taught us, and for the honor of working closely together with us on many occasions over more than a decade.

      In the introduction to the publication Marion von Osten: Once We Were Artists (A BAK Critical Reader in Artists’ Practice, 2017), Maria Hlavajova sums up a few of the attributes that made Marion such an extraordinary artist, thinker, and person whose life has touched so many: 

       “As an artist, feminist, organizer, curator, friend, collaborator, editor, lecturer, writer, researcher, participant, educator, comrade—in no particular order, the list could go on—von Osten’s is a practice that is as significant for the field of art and beyond as it is complex to unpack. Although never standing alone and always in relation, her cultural work has been key in shaping the practice of art that is the public sphere and political space.”

      Her intellectual brilliance, generosity, and commitment to a radically transversal artistic practice and other pathways of making culture compels us to go on with all that she strived and lived for.

      Thank you for everything Marion. You will be forever missed.

    2. FORMER WEST (2008–2016) 

      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.

    3. 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.