Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC for short) is a research centre founded in 2009 at Birkbeck, University of London, by academics Andrew Asibong and Nathalie Wourm.
BRAKC is actively engaged in the development of a new field of research into the aesthetic representation of human belonging. How have bonds between humans – real, ideal and sometimes imaginary – been lived, represented and conceptualised over the centuries? How have those bonds mutated across time and space? How might humans today and in the future be bound together “differently”? What prevents the realisation of bonds as yet unnamed?
BRAKC is an interdisciplinary research centre. However, it focuses more specifically on the shared research interests of its directors: the ideas of revolution, anarchism, activism, the arts of cinema and poetry, the fields of psychoanalysis and schizoanalysis, the works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, anticapitalism.