COOP study groups


About the COOP study groups, or, in short, the COOPs

Five COOP study groups are at the heart of the DAI's curriculum. The COOPs collective enquiry asks for active participation in & productive contributions to, curated, cooperative, un-disciplined, art research trajectories. The COOPs bring makers, researchers, writers and curators together around well-defined and relevant questions and topics.

In the academic year 2020-2021 each DAI-student will join one out of five study groups. This year's study groups are guided by tutorial teams which came into being in response to a commission from the part of DAI: partnering organisations were invited to bring together a tutorial team that acknowledges the hybrid nature of current praxis wherein these roles can easily co-exist in one person or be swapped among the members of a collective or otherwise. 

The 2020-2021 study groups gather for several days during each DAI Week to share research and to develop a group work. Ideally this group 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. The outcome of each research trajectory will be shared with the other groups as well as with the public during our two-day long COOP SUMMIT 2021 which, Covid-permitting, is scheduled to take place in the town of Nida, located in the Lithuanian part of the Curonian Spit. 

In 2020-2021 the DAI has introduced an experimental cross-over between the COOPs and another curriculum component, namely HTDTWT. On 6 days, spread over the academic year, DAI’s six theory tutors will be hosted by DAI’s five COOP study groups. The theory tutors are invited to participate in, and to contribute to, the study topic of a specific COOP. Read more here: Protocol COOP Hosting & HTDTWT Guesting. 

Meanwhile, the CHRONICLES offer a wealth of textual, visual and aural notes, echoing day to day encounters during the DAI's monthly study group and workshop gatherings.

The COOP senior program co-ordinator is Nikos Doulos.

For the embedding of this course component in the DAI Art Praxis curriculum, you are advised to consult our SYLLABUS 2020 - 2021

COOPs of years past are archived under DEPOT