Dear friends and relations of the DAI,
Yesterday the participants in our year long project Welcome to Econotopia- Commons of the Contemporary returned from their several weeks of research in both Mexico City as well as Marfa in the Texan desert (where they joined Summer School Marfa 2014, initiated by TAAK and supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York).
Another group of DAI-students just came back from Belgrade, where they contributed to Travelling Communiqué: a durational investigation into the presidential Photo Service archive (1948–1980) of Josip Broz Tito through the contemporary practices of art, theory, history, architecture, typography, cinema, and education.
Barely landed in Arnhem all are now getting ready to embark on our marathon of 33 final live presentations, the animated finale of a rich and energetic year of art and research.
Monday June 16 at 9pm: if you happen to be around in Arnhem, we warmly welcome you to the marathon's kick off; an Appropriation and Dedication performance project departing from Jean Genet's The Balcony (1957) taking place at Theater aan de Rijn in Arnhem with Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Susan Gibb (for If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution) and DAI-students Jan Adriaans, Maria Barlasov, Coco Duivenvoorde, Bryony Gillard, Monique Hendriksen, Constanza Puente, Kaste Seskeviciute, Celia Shomal, Aarti Sunder, Laila Torres Mendieta and Juan Yung-Han.
All throughout June 17, 18 and 19 students will present their concluding lectures or lecture-performances. DAI's core tutors Alena Alexandrova, Bassam El Baroni, Casco (Yolande van der Heide, Janine Armin), If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Tanja Baudoin, Susan Gibb), Doreen Mende, Renée Ridgway, Gabriëlle Schleijpen (chair), Jorinde Seijdel, Van Abbe Museum (Nick Aikens, Christiane Berndes, Steven Ten Thije), Grant Watson & Wendelien van Oldenborgh as well as the entire student body will act as respondents. Following each presentation, in a conversational mode, the respondents ( always two tutors and one students) will reflect on the presentation. The public is welcome "in the flesh" and on line, where on June 17,18,19.
The complete schedule is to be found in
Please note that although this DAI-week marks the official graduation of several of our second year students, Thursday's party will only bid them a temporary farewell. September 29 to October 3, 2014 we will reunite for a magical mystery tour through Holland, when we will show some 2013-2014 projects at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, launch a series of new publications at Casco in Utrecht and convivially welcome the incoming DAI-students 2014-2016 to our fleeting communities in Arnhem, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
For now I look forward to greet you in Arnhem or on line and I wish you a lovely summer,
also on behalf of our staff, students and tutors
artistic director | head of program