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From 9 to 12 February 2023, the Mondriaan Fund is organizing a new edition of Prospects during Art Rotterdam at the Van Nelle Factory. The exhibition shows the work of 73 starting artists (based in, or strongly affiliated with the Netherlands). All artists received a financial contribution from the Mondriaan Fund in 2021 to kickstart their career. Among the artists are Clara Amaral (DAI, 2019) and Aldo Esparza Ramos (DAI, 2018).
"LAND-GRAB FOR AN IVORY TOWER". Although the Vienna Declaration will likely become a future constitution and framework for artistic research in European art schools, no public debates of its content seem to have taken place in the six months after its publication. Florian Cramer and Nienke Terpsma think that it is time to speak up – and fundamentally disagree with its concept and framing of artistic research. Here at DAI we have to hold ourselves back to not quote their ENTIRE excellent article as it truly strikes a chord with us. It was published online by Open! already quite some time ago but we only stumbled upon it now (click on this post to find the link). Here is one quote by means of a teaser: "With educational institutions now claiming ownership of artistic research, and introducing their own quality and validation standards, they factually create their own art system........ As a result, artistic research will be split into two forms and systems: ‘AR’ in art schools as opposed to artistic research in art practice and art worlds at large. Is this desirable? We don’t think so. Instead of creating hospitable spaces, infrastructures and institutional recognition for artist-run research initiatives (from the Bureau de recherches surréalistes to the Community Futures Lab of the Afrofuturist Affair in Philadelphia or Lifepatch in Indonesia), ‘AR’ is in danger of ending up as its own self-referential system, with artistic researchers and projects that are recognised only within that system, and the system serving the ultimate purpose of preserving itself; in other words, a land-grab for an ivory tower."
Evil Eye: The parallel history of Optics and Ballistics ~ From the ‘visual ray’ metaphor to Pierre Jules César Janssen’s ‘revolver photographique’, the history of optics and the history of ballistics developed in parallel to one another, ultimately conflating in the figure of the drone: a camera that can kill. But under the aegis of, and working in tandem with, this technoscientific trajectory one also finds a whole racialised and gendered regime of visibility, suggesting an ideological process at work that, as theorist Meg Armstrong argues, makes ‘what is contingent and local, perhaps even idiosyncratic, in matters of taste appear to be natural, and thus beyond dispute’. The present group exhibition aims to map the structuring force of this white gaze in both its concrete and abstract dimensions. Opening on the 28th of January at Tabakalera.Till the 24th of June 2023. Among the participating artists is Izaro Ieregi González (DAI, 2022). Curators: Oier Etxeberria Bereziartua and DAI theory tutor Ana Teixeira Pinto.