Syllabus MA DAI Art Praxis 2017-2018


The two-year curriculum of DAI Art Praxis is a permaculture, a balanced, finely tuned blend of consistency and contingency that allows for a thoughtful integration of state-of-the-art research with the required competencies and learning objectives that come with our status as a fully accredited and top-rated MA

During the introduction week in September 2017 our director and lead-tutors presented seminars and study groups and their corresponding methods of 'working together', to the student body. DAI explicitly asks its tutors to work with a model based on reciprocity. Tutors fuel and underpin a ‘curated class’ with their research, while the students  are invited to contribute to it with their practice and/or theory based research. All those involved are expected to be open to new insights and ideas – tutors take on leading roles, but can occasionally delegate this duty. Tutors, just like students, use their position within the DAI context to further their own research or study. DAI considers this to be a crucial aspect of its mission.

In addition to collective sessions within the framework of HTDTWT and the COOP Academy, individual tutorials will be organized on a monthly basis, in order to provide broad advice in regard to a student's praxis as well as (if needed) helping the student to step in at the specific level of a course or study group.

Please find the descriptions to the curriculum components below. First and second year students will work together in all 3 mandatory modules. 

Note: A student's workload is measured in ECTS credits. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and is a standard across the European Union. One credit represents 28 hours of work and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study. DAI students must 'earn' 120 ECTS credits before obtaining their MA certificate.


~ compulsory - 20 EC per year ~ 560 hours

The COOP Academy is at the heart of the DAI's curriculum and asks for active participation in & productive contributions to, curated, collaborative, un-disciplined, art research trajectories. It brings makers, researchers, writers, activists and curators together around well-defined and relevant questions and topics.

In the academic year 2017-2018 students will be able to join one out of seven COOP ACADEMY study groups. Each study group is guided by a tutorial team which consists of a practising artist, next to a curator and a scholar/researcher. 

The study groups gather each DAI Week + 5 days more ( the so-called "extension") to share research and to develop a group work. This group work can come into being as an entirely collaborative endeavour, but it may also consist of individual works, brought together under the umbrella of the overriding title of the study group.

A study group operates under an overarching research question or topic to which the lead tutors as well as the students can contribute with aural, visual, tactile, performative, digital, cinematographic, choreographic, architectural, curatorial, textual, theatrical, theoretical and practical musings and findings (according to the tutorial team's guidelines). Input to the gatherings will have to come from all involved.  Students can be asked to prepare presentations and to lead specific sessions. Students should invest generous time, in-and outside DAI Weeks, as well as practical skills and knowledge (building, documenting, reporting, communicating, administrating etcetera) in realizing “the group work” and making it public (in one way or another). 

Gatherings can take the form of, for example, a seminar, presentation (group or individual), reading group, walk, site visit, boot camp, laboratory, screening, interview, exhibition, examination, meditation, party, work out, exercise. Individual tutorials will be organized on a monthly basis, in order to provide broad advice in regard to a student's praxis as well as (if needed) helping the student to connect to specific field of interest of the study group.

Lead tutors will take care of guiding the group towards the public presentation of a group work.The final group work can be an action, a book, a website, an exhibition, a film, an opera, a play, a (group) performance, a combination of all these or otherwise. It may be a collaborative work or consist of individual contributions brought together under the umbrella of the study group.

Final presentation 2018: Friday and Saturday June 1 + 2, in Athens. 

Mid-term and final assessments: research output will be defined and assessed by the tutorial team and will consist of a group work, underpinned by strong individual efforts.

The seven study groups:

****Curating Positions: Practising Organisation Under Present Conditions ~ Tutorial team: artist Marwa Arsanios, curator Emily Pethick, researcher Leire Vergara.Partner: The Showroom.

**** Realty ~ Tutorial team: researcher Rachel O’Reilly, artist Katya Sander, curator Tirdad Zolghadr. Partner: Casco.

**** Opera Corruption  ~ Tutorial team: Frederique Bergholtz/Susan Gibb, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Sara Giannini. Partner: If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. 

****Practicing Articulation, Articulating Practice ~ Tutorial team: Nick Aikens, Annie Fletcher, Navine G.Khan-Dossos. Partner: Van Abbe Museum.
**** Topologies of Touch Tutorial team: Florian Göttke, Marianna Maruyama, Jorinde Seijdel. Partner: Open!
**** Proximity Aesthetics: Constructing New Ecologies of Practice ~ Tutorial team: Bassam El Baroni, Diakron, Luke Pendrell.

Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life ~ Tutorial team: Maria Berrios, Tina Gverović, Ruth Noack.

How To Do Things With Theory 

 ~ compulsory - 20 EC per year ~ 560 hours

HTDTWT is a two year trajectory oriented towards the writing of a master thesis. It is designed to help students to develop skills to formulate relevant questions which strengthen their praxes and allow them to position themselves and their work in broader contexts. Students receive personal guidance from a tutor assigned to them for the duration of the two-year trajectory. While during the first year the focus is on developing reading and writing skills and a central question for the thesis, the second year focuses on further research and the actual writing of a text consisting of an average of 10.000 words (minimum 8.000, maximum 17.000 words) which presents an authentic argument and is carefully documented from primary and secondary sources (with a minimum of 6 titles).

The thesis must be presented in English and will be evaluated by a tutor who is part of the How To Do Things With Theory team, supported by a review written by an invited external respondent (selected by the tutor in consultation with the head of program). Exceptionally the given format of the thesis can be adapted to specific needs or abilities, always only after written permission from the mentoring tutor and the head of program. It is not allowed to hand in an older thesis, written in a different (educational) context, nor is it allowed to re-use texts produced in the context of another DAI Art Praxis course component.

Apart from one-to-one tutorials HTDTWT consists of monthly plenary seminar sessions thematically steered by the tutor. In preparation for these gatherings the students read and discuss a variety of carefully selected theoretical texts.

HTDTWT lead tutors and their seminars:

*Bassam El BaroniIntervention II: (art and parametric real subsumption or can the self-entrepreneur effect political transformation)

*Sven LüttickenHow to Do Things with Forms (a.k.a. How to Form Things with Theory)

*Rachel O'Reilly: On the Limits of the Writerly: Dramaturgical stakes in Capitalo(s)cene(s)

*Marina Vishmidt: Speculation as a Mode of Production: Form as Content as Form 

*Hypatia Vourloumis: Paraontology and the Contemporary


 ~ compulsory - 20 EC per year ~ 560 hours

The Planetary Campus is an innovative conceptual space (without walls) where the MA curriculum "DAI Art Praxis" meets with a wide variety of external parties. A welcoming space where we want to host a fleeting, "affective community", where we generously share art and research, where complexity can be embraced and intellectual intra-actions are fostered, aiming to endow our praxes, wherever they are operational. The Planetary Campus constitutes a productive interface between academia and the world, between academic and artistic researchers, practitioners, activists, intellectuals, institutions and organizations. An interface from where new perspectives on co-production and co-creation, ethics and aesthetics, on orality and performance, research and publicness, can be explored through a variety of formats in which DAI-students take up different roles: presenter, reporter, researcher, publisher, participant, listener. As an infrastructure Planetary Campus is the container for several activities initiated by the DAI.

Planetary Campus Activities on offer to master students as part of the compulsory curriculum:

The Factory - short term workshops

The Roaming Assembly -public symposium

The Kitchen - student presentations

Including ~ Free Space

Free Space honours extra curricular activities, initiated  by students themselves or by third parties or, occasionally by DAI.

In their studios at home, at temporary residencies or wherever they travel, students are expected to continue developing their own independent (collaborative or individual) research while simultaneously engaging with the DAI's 'homework' and discursive input as provided during the monthly DAI-week, taking place at a variety of locations.

A student may receive credits, up to a maximum of 5 points annually for activities in the public realm, outside of the DAI's syllabus. It is conditional to publish an announcement ( linked to the platform(s) involved) in regard to the public outcome of these activities at the WORLD-section of the DAI's home page

Education and Examination Regulations

Education and Examination Regulations are part and parcel of the Student Statutes of the ArtEZ University of the Arts. A specific DAI-document 2017-2018 to be established by the ArtEZ Board of Governors has been made available to all DAI-students as well as to the tutorial team, at the beginning of the academic year. It contains details about the assessments and the awarding of credit points. Questions about examination regulations, credit points and competencies per project or course should be directed to Rik Fernhout, the DAI's co-ordinator Study Trajectory and Student Affairs.