IHME Recommends: BAC – Baltic Art Center

Vertigo Sea, John Akomfrah 2015, courtesy of the artist / Smoking Dogs Films. Co-produced by Baltic Art Center, and currently on show at the main exhibition of the Venice Biennial.

For the rest of 2015, the IHME Recommends page will be introducing public art producers abroad. ENPAP, or the Enlarged Network of Public Art Producers, was initiated by director of Mossutställningar in Stockholm Stella d’Ailly. The aim of the network is to combine forces in fund-raising and sharing of professional expertise – both producing and curating – between members. IHME is happy to introduce the members of the network.

BAC – Baltic Art Center is a production office, and a place for research, work and meetings for artists, curators, contemporary-art writers and thinkers in Visby, Sweden. BAC develops, tests and runs a variety of production and residency programmes. By putting the artistic and curatorial process, and research and experimentation, at the centre of its activities BAC brings together different methods, practices and learning experiences in collaboration with international, national and local partners, while adopting a critically reflective approach to our contemporary conditions.

BAC currently runs three invitation-based residency programmes: PIR (Production-in-Residence) for international artists, TSR (The Site Residency) and RIR (Research-in-Residence) for artists, curators and contemporary-art writers from the Baltic and Nordic countries, and further afield.

BAC is also the organizer of AIR_BALTIC 2015-2017 and co-organizer of the Gotland Film Lab residency 2015-2016, which selects projects via open call.

Since 2012, under its PIR programme, BAC has produced and co-produced works by Henrik Andersson (SE), Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet / les gens d’Uterpan (FR), Michal Libera (PL), Goshka Macuga (UK), Agnieszka Polska (PL), and is currently in production with Susanne Kriemann (DE).

BAC’s commissioning and production history has served as a tool for exploring how to carry on that legacy and develop future projects that are anchored in Gotland, but which contextualize international expert knowledge. Inspired by BAC’s long-term interest in linking its specific locale to its international programming, the future_island seminar series focused on notions such as publicness, context and site-specificity, artistic and moving-image research, and experimentation with time-based forms, and on how these can be successfully combined with the given conditions and cultural infrastructure on Gotland.

In 2014, BAC partnered with Bildmuseet in Umeå to support the production of John Akomfrah’s new three-screen film installation Vertigo Sea for the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwenzor. BAC will be co-organizing its Swedish premiere at Bildmuseet between October 25, 2015 and January 17, 2016.

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