DAI-bulletin nr 5 ~ Roaming Assembly#2 ~ MONOTOPIA ~ January 10, 2016

01.01.16 | tag: Arnhem

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"Let’s set out from a principle: nothing that anyone does is unintelligible. To say ‘I don’t understand’, ‘I’ll never understand’, ‘I can’t understand’, is always a defeat. We can’t leave anything in the register of the unthinkable. It is the vocation of thought, if we want to be able, among other things, to oppose that which we declare unthinkable, to think it."*


Dear friends and relations,


Fueled by a desire for even more unorthodox intellectual transaction among kindred spirits as well as a strong sense of necessity provoked by the accumulation in 2015 of the "symptoms of a grave malady of the contemporary world, of this world as a whole"** the DAI in 2016 introduces ROAMING ASSEMBLY - a recurring public symposium scheduled to take place once per month (always on a Sunday afternoon, always convivial), functioning as it were as the DAI-week's 'centerfold'.

Although closely interlinked with the DAI's academic activities, the editions of this state-of-the-art speculative program will not be devised as plain extensions to the regular DAI-seminars but rather envisioned as sovereign happenings, aiming to mobilize our bodies and our intelligences. The monthly changing curators will either be members of the DAI's core tutorial team or special guests: January 10 ~ Sarah Pierce & Tirdad Zolghadr, February 14 ~ Marina Vishmidt, March 20 ~ Ruth Noack, May 1 ~ Bassam El Baroni, June 5 (Sonsbeek 2016) ~ Mirwan Andan & Gabriëlle Schleijpen.  

On Sunday January 10 we invite you to


Curated and presented by DAI-tutors

Sarah Pierce (artist, researcher) 

Tirdad Zolghadr (curator, writer)

MONOTOPIA includes contributions by architect, writer and professor at Yale University Keller Easterling, Chief Curator at the Van Abbemuseum Annie Fletcher and author and Co-Director of the MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths in London, Suhail Malik.(Sunday, January 10 from 14:00 onward in Arnhem, free admission)

Introduction, program and practicalities are to be found here: ROAMING ASSEMBLY#2  MONOTOPIA 

We are furthermore pleased to inform you that, next to the Roaming Assembly lecturers Keller Easterling, Annie Fletcher, Suhail Malik, Sarah Pierce and Tirdad Zolghadr also Nick Aikens, Lauren Alexander, Bassam El Baroni, Irene Cardoso, Binna ChoiCharles Esche, Jon Mikel Euba, Susan Gibb, Florian Göttke, Tina Gverović, Rosie Heinrich, Juan Hurtado, Jeuno JE Kim, David Maroto, Ruth Noack, Sanne Oorthuizen, Rachel O'Reilly, Adrian Rifkinruangrupa, Rebecca Sakoun, Niels Schrader, Jorinde Seijdel and Marina Vishmidt will all, in one way or another be contributing to our DAI-week  in January.

Together with these tutors, program leaders and/or associate researchers, DAI-students will embark on another week-long trajectory which is best described as a vigorous weaving of seminars, publishing classes, lectures, workshops, performances, presentations, face to face conversations and communal meals taking place in Arnhem (or elsewhere) on a monthly base. DAI-week gatherings work as an experimental learning environment, think tank, networking platform, theory camp and temporary art commune.

Read the details for the upcoming week in DAI-bulletin nr.5


Wishing you a transformative new year,                                                                                                  

Gabriëlle Schleijpen



* and **: Alain Badiou ~ Our Wound is Not So Recent. Originally delivered at theatre La Commune, Aubervilliers, on November 23, 2015 - translated by Robin Mackay and published by urbanomic.com