The fourth volume in the BAK Critical Reader Series, this reader explores the theoretical notion of the horizon and the linkage between contemporary art and political imagination. A diverse range of speculative new texts by artists, philosophers, theorists, and art historians examine the genealogy of the horizon in philosophy and art, explore how today’s neoliberal hegemony has been produced at the expense of a loss of a horizon of change and difference, and consider how art works and exhibitions set up certain horizons and thus partake in the production of the political. The reader is conceptually linked to FORMER WEST Research Exhibition Vectors of the Possible, curated by Simon Sheikh, BAK, Utrecht (12.09.–28.11.2010) and On Horizons: Art and Political Imagination, the 2nd FORMER WEST Research Congress, Istanbul (04.–06.11.2010), and contains some revised contributions from the Congress. See for example congress co-curator Simon Sheikh’s contribution, and Peter Osborne’s text “Expecting the Unexpected: Beyond the ‘Horizon of Expectation’,” the Congress’s opening keynote. Other contributors include: Nancy Adajania & Ranjit Hoskote; Jodi Dean; T.J. Demos; Sharon Hayes; Ernesto Laclau; Alexei Penzin & Dmitry Vilensky; Hito Steyerl; and Ultra-red.