COOP study groups

DAI's MA in Art Praxis study trajectory offers our students 3 distinctive curriculum components. The students are required to take part in all 3 of them:

3. Planetary Campus

2. How To Do Things With Theory

1.COOP study groups

Six COOP study groups, or in short COOPs, are at the heart of the DAI's curriculum.

In the academic year 2022-2023 each DAI-student will join one out of these COOPs, and is called to active participation in curated, collective, un-disciplined, art research trajectories. COOPs bring makers, researchers, writers, and curators together around well-defined, relevant questions and topics.  

COOPs are guided by tutorial teams bringing knowledge, intuition and experience to DAI. The teams are convened in response to a commission from the part of DAI. Every academic year art organisations with a compelling curatorial and urgent political vision on study and non-extractive forms of research, are invited to bring together a tutorial team that acknowledges the hybrid nature of current praxis wherein roles can easily co-exist in one person or be swapped among the members of a collective or otherwise. 

COOPs gather for several days during each DAI Week to share research and to develop a group work. Ideally this work comes into being as an entirely collaborative endeavour, but it may also be the umbrella for more or less individually produced works, carefully brought together by the study group.

Gatherings can take the form of a seminar, group presentation, workshop, reading group, walk, site visit, boot camp, laboratory, screening, interview, exhibition, ritual, meditation, party, work-out, exercise or otherwise.

Each COOPs modus operandi is guided by an overarching question or proposition to which the tutors as well as the students can respond with aural, visual, tactile, performative, digital, cinematographic, choreographic, architectural, curatorial, textual, theatrical, theoretical, and practical contributions (embedded within the framework created by the tutorial team). Students can be asked to prepare and  lead specific sessions.

The tutorial teams offer support to every individual student to make meaningful connections between the student's praxis and the specific field of enquiry of the study group.

Students are asked to invest generous time, in-and outside DAI Weeks. Next to artistic, theoretical, and curatorial vision, practical skills and knowledges will be of crucial importance to produce both the Chronicles as well as the final COOP Summit:

CHRONICLES are online containers, collectively curated, moulded, sculpted and choreographed by the student participants in the COOPs to be published on the DAI’s website. Textual, visual, and aural notes echo day to day encounters. Taking shape by diverse forms and styles of mediation, they exist as fragmented, artistic, and lively modes of archiving how knowledge was produced and shared; thus, building a student led mnemonic reservoir.

COOP SUMMIT: The outcome of each research trajectory will be shared with the other groups as well as with the public during our COOP SUMMIT scheduled to take place in Nida, Lithuania, on the 16th and 17th of June 2023. 

Read more about the formal embedding of the COOPs within the accredited DAI Art Praxis curriculum at the Syllabus 2022-2023 ~ Coming Soon.

The COOP's Education Team Leader is Nikos Doulos. Students and tutors are kindly requested to direct all their questions in regard to the modus operandi of this curruculum component to him.  

DAI's partnership framework has been developed by DAI's artistic director and head of program Gabriëlle Schleijpen.

*Earlier editions of the COOPs are archived under PAST 

COOP study groups 2022-2023: