Ongoing ~ Factory 2.0: Feed-Back Sessions

January 2024 ~ Critical Care

Led by Louis Schou-Hansen

When: Monday, 22 January  (16:00 - 17:45)

Location: Exhibition space

Critical Care is a space to rehearse critique as a form of care integral to developing an artistic work, project, or ongoing practice. Throughout the session, two people will present a work, an idea, or similar, to which the rest of the participants will offer “objective” feedback. Critical Care is an attempt at countering the narrative of critique as a way of “picking things apart” but instead wants to foster a critique culture that considers feedback a caring engagement that needs to be practiced.

Throughout this session, I’ll propose a spin-off version of the Das Arts Feedback Method, a very structured, communal form of feedback, focusing on training the precision of the eye watching as much as avoiding a defense position from the practitioner receiving input.

April 2023 ~ Feedback Seasoning, a gentle critique

Led by Mara Ittel, Zuzana-Markéta Macková & Ros del Olmo, 

When: Thursday April 18 (16:30 - 18:00)

Location: TBA

Here it is: a student led to collectively discuss and critique each others works, thoughts, kitchens or questions, a salad of ideas. Bring anything that’s on your mind or that you’d like to discuss and we will talk about it and try to do so in the most caring way. From an unformulated thought, the first glimpse of an idea, a project from long time ago that you would like to revisit, a question that has been bugging you, a seemingly unsolvable problem or just your latest kitchen presentation, we will take the time to think and talk it through. 

There are different ways of critique that we can follow depending on what the presenter prefers and we will introduce them at the beginning of the gathering. If you already know you’d like to show something you can send a message to Mara, Zuzana and Ros or talk to us in PAF. Otherwise just come by and spontaneously jump in if you feel like it.

March 2023 ~ Critical Care

Led by Louis Schou-Hansen

When: Tuesday 7 (14:00 - 16:00)

Location: TBA

Critical Care is a space to rehearse critique as a form of care integral to developing an artistic work, project, or ongoing practice. Throughout the 2-hour session, two people will present a work, an idea, or similar, to which the rest of the participants will offer “objective” feedback. Critical Care is an attempt at countering the narrative of critique as a way of “picking things apart” but instead wants to foster a critique culture that considers feedback a caring engagement that needs to be practiced.

Throughout this session, I’ll propose a spin-off version of the Das Arts Feedback Method, a very structured, communal form of feedback, focusing on training the precision of the eye watching (the feedbacker) as much as avoiding a defense position from the practitioner receiving input.

May 2022 ~ feedback I need - provide comments you must (II)

Led by Liza Rinkema Rapuš & Marika Vandekraats

When: Tuesday 3  (11:00 - 13:00)

Feedback is back! 

We propose to gather in an open-ended space where drafts, work and questions around our practices can be shared. Come come and peek in, let's think along and converse with each other's practices, construct feedback and discuss ideas - or come to show-off, to listen in, to find collaborators or anything else that can happen when exchange takes a physical space. We will practice together some feed-back-formats, based on those developed at DasArts, and choose how to feed-back, based on the needs and wishes of the presenter or the group sharing a proposition.

Potential possibilities for presentations (but not limited to) are:::

a question about process (do you have any practical needs?)

a finished or unfinished work

a past/present or future kitchen

If you want to present a work, you’re invited to shortly share with one of us what it is and what your needs are in terms of feedback. If you want to present spontaneously, there’s always room for that too (and greatly appreciated :) ).

As well, having a concrete representation for us to talk with is very helpful for the conversation. Examples of this can be an image, a sketch, an object, video, sound, interpretive dance, all of it. 

Looking forward to feeding-back with you!

February 2022 ~ feedback I need - provide comments you must (I)

Led by Vera Mühlebach & Liza Rinkema Rapuš

When: Saturday 19  (14:30 - 19:00)

Where: Buitencentrum Overasselt

Feed-back is back! We propose to gather in an open-ended space where drafts, work and questions around our practices can be shared. Come come and peek in, let's think along and converse with each others practices, construct feedback and discuss ideas - or come to show-off, to listen in, to find collaborators or anything else that can happen when exchange takes a physical space. We will practice together some feed-back-formats, based on those developed at DasArts (introduction of three possible modules below), and choose how to feed-back, based on the needs and wishes of the presenter or the group sharing a proposition.

feed-back modules - a non-exhaustive list: 

  • affirmative

 feedback and perspectives: First, we concentrate on affirmative feedback, thinking through the formula  “this worked for me”. Second, we put our attention on perspectives, using the formula “I need…” for example “as a musician I need the songs to be performed.”

 The idea of the second step is to identify what bothered you and express it as the person thinking / feeling.

  • “gossip round”:

 We start with informal smaller group conversations (1on1 or groups of 3) for a set amount of time (for example 2x 5 minutes). After this time we come all together to reflect on what has come up / been discussed in the smaller groups.

  • open questions:

 Share the questions that have come up while engaging with the work. These questions can serve as the beginning to process the work and open a conversation around what has been presented.

Feed-Back sessions are a student led feedback format inspired by best practice in the field. To prepare or to debrief the Kitchen presentations these sessions are held in small groups moderated by a student. The method consists of different modules combined individually for each session according to the student's needs and interests. 

This student initiative is facilitated by DAI and is part of the syllabus 2022-2023. The student-led Feedback sessions are embedded in the curriculum component Factory 2.0 and participation is credited with ECTS.