COOP ~ Making Nothing Out of Something: Improvising, writing and publishing in relation to practices of resistance from Month to Month

Seminar 6: 15 - 20 April 2019


Jorinde Seijdel (April 15-16, Epen)

Florian Göttke (April 17 and 19, Arnhem)

Werker Collective (April 17 - 20, Arnhem) 

Monday evening in Epen is a moment of transition from HTDTWT to the COOP study group and will be used to listen to a lecture by Jack Halberstam, to introduce the Reading Group text and to include the concept of 'wildness' in our conversations.The Reading Group takes place on Tuesday morning, moderated by Dorothy and Wilf. Text: "Wildness, Loss, Death" by Jack Halberstam (Social Text 121, Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter 2014). The remaining time in Epen is spent on face to face meetings with Jorinde about the individual Lexicon texts and the state of DAI affairs in general.

Early Wednesday morning the study group travels to Arnhem. The entire further day work is done with the participants, Werker Collective and Florian in the Print workshop of ArtEZ in preparation for printing textiles with text and images that were generated by everyone's research within the study group in relation to improvisation, writing and social resistance. This will be continued on Thursday. Friday and Saturday mornings are devoted to evaluating the work done and discussing the presentation of COOP Summit from the Making Nothing Out of Something study group in June in Cagliari.



Seminar 5: 10 - 13 March 2019

In Dessau, study group Open! engages with the city Dessau and the legacy of the Bauhaus, always in relation to improvisation, writing, publishing and resistance.

We will follow the workshop “Impossible Methods” with researcher, sound artist, and educator Pedro Oliveira: “The act of designing produces other designs into the world, and does so by intervening in an entanglement of processes, performances, interactions, narratives, and relations that are all context-dependent and socio-culturally informed. In other words, we understand the act of designing as one of producing material discourse; notwithstanding, we argue that the discourses produced by designed things cannot be anything but provisional and performative. In "Impossible Methods", participants start out from a designed artifact they are asked to bring to the session – responding to a set of keywords or a statement given by the tutors beforehand – and slowly unpack the networks that inform the existence of that object in the world, as well as its implications in-use. This unpacking can take the form of narrative, performance, mapping, or anything available and/or desired; what matters is not the hows, but the whats and the whys.

In this workshop, participants are asked to bring one or two human-made artifacts that, according to the participant's own subjective interpretation, signify or represent WORK and/or LABOR. We ask participants to avoid choosing phones, tablets, and computers as their objects. (Dr. Pedro Oliveira is one half of the design education duo A Parede and a founding member of the Decolonising Design Group.)

In the reading group we will discuss the text “how the minor moves us: across thresholds, socialities, and techniques,” a conversation with Erin Manning by Halbe Kuipers. Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain, 20 Feb 2019. Additionally, we will discuss the progress on the lexicon and the plans for the self-publishing station.

In between, each participant will curate one hour and lead the group in an experience, a viewing, reading, or performance, expanding the stand-up publishing sessions we started in earlier DAI weeks.

Sunday, March 10:

evening: group-curated activities

Monday, March 11:

morning and afternoon: workshop “Impossible Methods” with Pedro Oliveira

evening: discussing lexicon and self-publishing station

Tuesday, March 12:

morning: reading interview of Erin Manning by Halbe Kuipers

afternoon: group-curated activities

evening: group-curated activities

Wednesday, March 13:

morning: group-curated activities




Seminar 4: 10 - 13 February 2019

Present Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday morning: Jorinde Seijdel

Present on Monday evening Tuesday and Wednesday morning: Florian Göttke

Monday afternoon and evening: workshop with Alejandro Cerón

In Epen, study group Open! continues with the Lexicon by writing on the spot, looking at the relationship between text and image and deciding on the form and format of the final publication. Furthermore, on Monday afternoon and evening, guest tutor and DAI graduate Alejandro Ceron comes to Epen to lead a workshop on improvisation and performance. Tuesday morning, moderated by students Sara and Saskia and with both Jorinde Seijdel and Florian Göttke present, the Reading Group discusses the text "Improvising Rage" by Tracey Nicholls. (Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies vol 14, no. 1 (2018)). Tuesday afternoon face-to-face meetings with Florian. In the evening, with the Ruth Noack study group, we will watch the first part of Lav Diaz' film: "A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery" (2016), a very slow eight-hour, b/w film about the Philippine Uprising against Spanish rule in 1896. Finally, on Wednesday morning, there will be a stand-up publishing session, presenting writing in a performative way, with Florian Göttke. 

Reading: Nicholls, Tracey. "Improvising Rage." Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 14, no. 1 (2018): 26-40.


Sunday , February 10:

19:30 - 21:30: watching a lecture by Jack Halberstam and discussing the text “Theory in the Wild: Introduction” by Jack Halberstam and Tavia Nyuong'o, South Atlantic Quarterly 117, no. 3 (2018): 453-464.

Monday, February 11

11:00 - 13:00: discussing the entries to the lexicon 

14.00 - 18.00: workshop with Alejandro Ceron

20:00 - 21:30: workshop with Alejandro Ceron

Tuesday, February 12:

10.00 - 13.00: reading Tracey Nicholls "Improvising Rage."

14.00 - 17.00: Face to Face meetings with Florian

19.30 - 23.00: watching "A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery," Lav Diaz (2016) with the COOP group "Peekaboo."

Wednesday, February 13

9.30 - 12.30: stand-up publishing session: contributions by Sara, Dorothy and Saskia


Seminar 3: 13 - 16 January 2019

In Cagliari, the study group Making Something Out of Nothing will spend time with the Werker Collective to continue exploring forms of self-publishing and improvisation. Sardinia born Antonio Gramsci, and his Prison Notebooks writings, will function as a catalyst to explore the island's radical tradition and meet contemporary local initiatives that are concerned with the politics of publishing and self-organisation. Furthermore, Werker Collective will activate a Queer 2 Peer Cine Club, one of their current projects that involves the medium of film sampling. This will pave the way for each student to make first proposals for their own tool, device, or method of publishing based on their personal interests and current practice, and how, or if these varieties of tools can possibly be unified in form and space.

Sunday , January 13:

19:30 - 21:30 Werker Collective’s Queer 2 Peer Cine Club: Media & Revolution (Screening & Debate)

Monday, January 14: 

9:30 - 17:00: Day trip to Ghilarza 

11:00 - 13:00 Visit of the Gramsci Museum.

14.00 - 17.00: Reading Group on text Blackness and Governance from 'The Undercommons’ by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, moderated by participants Wilf and Flavia.

20:00 - 22:00: Preparation of a short presentation for a proposal of self-publishing by each student.

Tuesday, January 15:

10.00 - 13.00: A walk through Cagliari, focussing on self-publishing initiatives guided by Luca Carboni. Followed by a conversation about the relation between these initiatives and the COOP’s aims.

14.00 - 17.00: Face to Face meetings with Werker Collective

20.00 - 22.00: Face to Face meetings with Werker Collective

Wednesday, January 16: 

10.00 - 13.00: A short presentation for a proposal of self-publishing by each student.



Seminar 2: 9-12 December 2018

In St Erme, the study group Making Something Out of Nothing  - this month with alternating tutors Jorinde Seijdel and Florian Göttke - will continue its exploration of improvisation as a catalyst for artistic and social experiment and practice. We will focus on gaining insight in how we improvise to seek a justice-to-come by way of a text by Sher Doruff, "Improvisational Necessity and its After Affects”, and the discourse of improvisation generated through Fred Moten. Florian will present his Phd research "Burning Images – performing effigies as political protest”. We will also further work on developing tools for self-publishing and reflect on tool #1 as a space for improvisation; the notebook Some thing-No thing that was produced with Werker Collective in Arnhem last month. 

Sunday , December 9:

19:30 - 21:30 Conversation and reflection about tool #1, the notebook Something-Nothing; 

Film screening

Monday, December 10: 

10.00 - 13.00:  Student led work-out and Reading Group on text Doruff, moderated by participants Dorothy and Nine

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 15.00: Improvised walk

15:00 - 17:00: Writing experiments on the spot & re-creating relational mind map 

Monday evening: work space

Tuesday, December 11:

10.00 - 13.00: Student led work-out and presentation by Florian of his research into the practice of hanging and burning effigies as a form of political protest, followed by a conversation about it in relation to our main topics

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.30: Face to Face meetings with Florian

20.00 - 22.00: Face to Face meetings with Florian

Wednesday, December 12: 

9.30 - 12.00: stand-up publishing session with Florian: contributions by Saskia, Wilf and Flavia


Sher Doruff, "Improvisational Necessity and its After Affects”, published on Open!, February 20, 1017,

Jesse McCarth, “The Low End Theory”, Fred Moten’s Subversive Black Studies Scholarship, Harvard Magazine, January-February 2018,



Seminar 1: 12-15 November 2018