Nomads + Residents
A forum for visitors in the arts: making connections, supporting networks, setting up meetings.

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, invited Nomads & Residents in the context of the multi-faceted project Cordially Invited, on hospitality and migration and (ex)changing Europe.
Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

Location: BAK (, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht (NL). Opening: Saturday 30 October 2004 at 20.00 hours. The project will take place through 31 December 2004.

As an investigative part of Cordially Invited, Nomads & Residents creates a transitional ‘space-time’ at BAK, where the relation between guest and host, nomad and resident is in focus on many levels.
Nomads & Residents have responded to the topics of hospitality and migration by inviting artists and cultural producers from inside and outside the new EU borders to BAK. A dispersed variety of persons and networks that actively contribute to the diversity of perspectives on inclusion and exclusion in Europe, will share their observations in this forum. BAK will function as a base of knowledge and exchange. Nomads & Residents is concerned with creating access and bringing cultural knowledge from one context into another using the meeting and the archive as primary media, through which the shifting roles and possibilities of hosting and visiting in terms of knowledge and imagination can be developed.

The program compiled by Nomads & Residents consists of works and projects on view by:

Pablo Helguera, Lisl Ponger, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Vangelis Vlahos and Grenzeloos Kijken (with films of Arno Coenen, Julika Rudelius, Jasmina Fekovic, Geert Mul, Nicolas Provost, Klaas van Gorkum, Stella van Voorst van Beest, Peter Bogers, Marten Winters en Marjoleine Boonstra)

an archive of magazines and books about and from Central and Eastern Europe

and a series of meetings on:

Wednesday 3 November 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, discussion: 3 Perspectives on inclusion and exclusion
Lisl Ponger (artist, Vienna), Marko Raat (filmmaker, Tallinn), and Kees Bleichrodt (director of UAF-Foundation for Refugee Students, Utrecht)

Saturday 6 November 2004, 16.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, performance: How to Dissect a Melodrama
Pablo Helguera (artist, Mexico City/New York), with the cooperation of Henk Slager (Amsterdam)

Wednesday 10 November 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, presentation: Magazines from east and central and west Europe
Jelena Vesic and Vesna Madzoski (editors of Prelom, Belgrade) and Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi (artists, editors of Pages, Rotterdam)

Wednesday 17 November 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, presentation: Beauty and the Beast. The Romanian Independent Art Scene after 2000
Dan Perjovschi (artist and writer, Bucharest) and Lia Perjovschi (artist and initiator CAA-Contemporary Art Archive, Bucharest)

Wednesday 24 November 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, discussion: Architecture and political transition-Tinseltown and the Palace of Ceausescu, Romania
Mariana Celac (architect, Bucharest), Calin Dan (artist, Bucharest / Amsterdam), and Ruxandra Balaci (artistic director, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest)

Wednesday 1 December 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, Presentation: Spacemaking, Journal for North East Issues
Brett Bloom (curator, Chicago) and Monika Wucher (artist, Hamburg)

Wednesday 8 December 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, presentation: Hospitality, CAC TV
Charles Esche (artistic director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and Raimundas Malasauskas (curator, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius)

15 December 2004, 20.00 hours
Nomads & Residents, presentation: Grenzeloos Kijken
Julika Rudelius (artist, Rotterdam) and Geert Mul (artist, Amsterdam)

This program is composed for Nomads & Residents by Liesbeth Bik, Jos van der Pol and Solvej Helweg Ovesen. For more info please contact