Planetary Campus: The Kitchen 2018-2019

02.10.17 | tags: Arnhem, St.Erme, Cagliari, Dessau, Epen, Berlin

As an infrastructure Planetary Campus is the container for several activities initiated by the DAI, one of them is

The Kitchen

“Orality…is inseparable from the body in movement.”
 ~ Édouard Glissant

Each DAI-week, one full day is dedicated to individual presentations, lectures and lecture-performances (recognized here as a longstanding unique discipline, a hybrid of research, lecture, visual art and performative narrative techniques) by a, monthly changing, group of 10 to 11 students. The "Kitchen" as an educational tool was coined in 2003 by DAI and molded and sculpted ever since (meanwhile the format has proliferated to other programs:)). The Kitchen-format offers individual students the possibility to present their work and research updates, proposals, experiments and other relevant or urgent musings, in a context that is independent from the other parts of the curriculum. For DAI, as a roaming academy without studio spaces, this is the platform where practices can be shared among the entire student body as well as with "outside". Embedded in a rigorous curriculum consisting of curated, collective study groups and seminars, the Kitchen offers a sheltered "free space”: for the duration of twenty uninterrupted minutes each student is invited to 'speak' to an audience consisting of all their fellow students, DAI's director, a camera and the camera woman, and famously, two, monthly changing guest respondents (invited makers and thinkers) as well as the occasional interested auditor (you are welcome to join a session; please contact Rik Fernhout). 

The Question

The Kitchen comes with a quite strict protocol. Beginning their presentation with a carefully crafted key question, each student presents work or research by means of performance, talk, performance-lecture, screening, reading, recital, choreography, play, concert, demonstration, action, presentation of relevant aspects of praxis or work in progress or process, reference sets or, a combination of (some of) these formats. Other than the limits of the given time and space frame and some basic curatorial rules (see below) there are actually no restrictions to the content and the format of the presentation. Following each presentation, in a conversational mode, the two invited respondents will try to engage with the presentation by means of an improvised, non-judgemental, raw, sketchy, temptative, spoken reflection, roughly guided by "the question". 

The Feed Back 

Apart from the, on the spot, improvised responses to The Kitchen presentations & The Question by the invited, monthly changing guests, each student is furthermore offered one intensive and entirely personal advisory session (face to face) with either Rebecca SakounHypatia Vourloumis or Quinsy Gario, according to a schedule to be found 


(the correct timeline will be published in our monthly bulletin). The advises will be projected towards the final presentations in Berlin (for second students this concerns their Graduation Acts in the presence of accomplished guests plus all the DAI's theory-tutors and for first year students we are working towards their end of year Kitchen presentations).

Each DAI-week, during the two days after the Kitchen presentation, each of the students who have been performing/presenting in that week will have a meeting with Gabriëlle Schleijpen, the initiator of the format, and witness to hundreds of presentations since the Kitchen's inception. She is also the one who, upon graduation gives out the credits for the relevance, care, inventivity and acumen with which a student has managed to make use of this two year long trajectory that offers a platform to the myriad of distinctive voices within our student body.  Departing from what has been expressed by means of the presentation, this specific conversation with the program's director can also serve as a focussed moment for sharing any relevant personal questions, concerns, ideas and proposals in regard to art, research, life & DAI (in any desired order). Note for students: f2f meetings with Gabriëlle will overlap with the COOP studygroups.

Last but not least: "Feed-Back" is a student led format to prepare or to debrief the Kitchen presentations. The sessions are held in small groups moderated by a student. Read more here.

The Camera

The regular presentations will be documented by Silvia Ulloa and can be made available to the student-presenter as a tool for reflection and learning. In principle we will not publish any part of this documentation without permission. This restriction applies for the students themselves as well: it is not allowed to make the responses by our guests public without their permission. 

That said, the final Kitchen presentations after two years at the DAI, coined Graduation Acts are entirely public: the event in front of an audience, live streamed by Ricardo Liong-A-Kong, filmed by Silvia Ulloa and the resulting video registration plus a written report by a guest writer form an integral part of the format. See: Graduation Acts Videos

The Basic Curatorial Rules

- Each presenter is the curator-in-chief of their own presentation. This includes taking care of the well-being of the respondents and the audience during and also right after the presentation so that  the feed back session can take place in a relatively comfortable setting. Chairs should always be made available to the respondents. The presenter has to take this in account while preparing the space. 

- The safety of everybody in the room including the presenter, comes before anything else. It is in no way allowed to do anything, consciously or unconsciously, that could result in causing bodily harm.

- Care should be invested in regard to violent or offensive content in speech, sound and/or visuals. If in doubt: seek advice from your fellow students while preparing your Kitchen. 

- If a presentation requests the active involvement and/or assistance of one or more fellow students or others present in the space, this should in all cases happen with explicit permission, requested at least one day prior to the event. The presenter should offer the assistant(s) a detailed plan for the presentation or performance and be very clear about the role that will be assigned to the assistant(s).

- It is ok to request the physical engagement of the audience as a group, in a perfomance or presentation, but only under the condition that those who prefer to not participate in a collective exercise or choreography or otherwise, should feel comfortable to step aside, without having to leave the space.

The Schedule 


Sunday October 14 in Arnhem - Introductory session

14:00 -17:00

Location: Coehoorn, Coehoornstraat 17, 6811 LA

Respondents: Hypatia Vourloumis and Pilar Mata Dupont

14:00 An introduction to the Kitchen format by Gabriëlle Schleijpen

14:30 An introduction to her current exhibition in Rotterdam by Pilar Mata Dupont

14:55  Matthieu Blond

15:35 Teresa Distelberger

16:15 Olivia Abacherli.                                                                                                                                         

Monday November 12  in Arnhem

09:00 -17:00

Location: ArtEZ Oude Kraan 26

Respondents: researcher/curator Galit Eilat and artist Quinsy Gario

Referee: DAI-director Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Camera: Silvia Ulloa

Technical support: Ricardo Liong-A-Kong


9:30 introduction

9:40 Dina Mohamed

10:20 Elien Ronse

11:00 Sara Benaglia

11:40 Joannie Baumgärtner

12:20 Sara Cattin

13:00 - 14:00

Communal lunch 

Location: Walter

14:00 Lucie Draai

14:40 Raphael Daibert

15:20 Saskia Burggraaf

16:00 Clara Saito

16:40 Franceska Hawker

17:20 Wrap Up

Sunday December 9 in St.Erme

09:00 -18:00

Location: PAF, room...

Respondents: filmmakers and artists Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson

Referee: DAI-director Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Camera: Silvia Ulloa

Technical support: Ricardo Liong-A-Kong


9:00 introduction

9:10 Livio Casanova

9:50 Hannah O’Flynn

10:30 Harun Morrison

11:10 Martina Mächler

11:50 Anastasia McCammon

12:30 - 13:30 Communal lunch

13:30 Irati Irulegui Otermin

14:10 Marc Norbert Hörler

14:50 Polly Wright

15:30 Julian Fricker

16:10 Edel O'Reilly

16:50  Matthew Wang

17:30 Wrap Up

18:00 -19:00 communal dinner


Sunday January 13 in Cagliari

09:00 -17:00

Respondents: curator Luigi Fassi and artist Vittoria Soddu 

Location: EXMA – EXhibiting and Moving Arts

Referee: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


10:20 Introduction

10:40 Karina Sarkissova

11:20 Lea Rüegg

12:00 Hasan Özgür Top

13:00 - 14:00

Communal lunch cooked by Il Rifugio dei Sapori

Location: Ex Manifattura Tabacchi

Back to: EXMA – EXhibiting and Moving Arts

14:10 Emma De Filippo

14:50  Gayatri Kodikal

15:30 Wilf Speller

16:10 break

16:20  Risa Horn

17:00 Jose Iglesias Gª-Arenal

17:40 Wrap Up

Sunday February 10, Epen

09:00 -21:00

Location: Patronaat

Respondents: Nishant Shah and Aziza Harmel

Referee: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

9:40 introduction

9:50 Clara Amaral

10:30 Dayna Casey

11:10 Assem A. Hendawi

11:50 Simon(e) van Saarloos

12:30 - 13:30

Communal lunch cooked by Mari Pitkanen with

the assistance of Pitchaya Ngamcharoen

Location: Het Patronaat

13:30 Francisco Mojica

14:10  Jiatu Gu

14:50 Leeron Tur-Kaspa

15:30 Konstantin Mitrokhov

16:10 Jasmin Schädler

16:50 Eric Peter

Saturday March 9,  Dessau

14:00 -21:30

Location: Anhalt University 

Respondents: Wendelien van Oldenborgh & Georgios Papadopoulos

Referee: DAI-director Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Camera: Silvia Ulloa

Technical support: Ricardo Liong-A-Kong

14:00 – Introduction

14:15 Samantha McCulloch

14:55 Sepideh Behrouzian

15:35 Maxime Gourdon

16:15 Zoe Scoglio

16:55 Ciarán Wood

17:35 Sofia Montenegro

18:15 – 19:15

Communal dinner cooked by chef Angela Pfeiffer

Location: Foyer, Building 04

19:15 Vinita Gatne

19:55 Flavia Palladino

20:35 Oliva Abächerli

21:15 – Wrap up

Sunday April 14, Epen  

10:00 - 17:00

Monday April 15, Epen

10:00 - 17:00

Location: Patronaat

Respondents: TBC

Timeline: TBC

Dorothy Hunter

Vita Buyvid

Ciprian Burete

Zoi Moutsokou

Nilz Källgren

Nine Postma

Bethany Crawford

Duruo Wang

Giorgos Gripeos

Lukas Hoffman

Mandus Ridefelt

Matthieu Blond

Teresa Distelberger

Zachary Schoenhut

Yen Noh

End of First Year presentations in Berlin 

May 16,17,18

Timeline to be confirmed

Respondents to be confirmed 

Sara Benaglia

Raphael Daibert

Saskia Burggraaf

Franceska Hawker

Hannah O’Flynn

Harun Morrison

Martina Mächler

Anastasia McCammon

Marc Norbert Hörler

Julian Fricker

Matthew Wang 

Lea Rüegg

Hasan Özgür Top

Emma De Filippo

Gayatri Kodikal

Wilf Speller

Risa Horn

Jose Iglesias Gª-Arenal

Dayna Casey

Assem A. Hendawi

Simon(e) van Saarloos

Francisco Mojica

Jiatu Gu

Konstantin Mitrokhov

Sepideh Behrouzian

Maxime Gourdon

Flavia Palladino

Dorothy Hunter

Vita Buyvid

Zoi Moutsokou

Nilz Källgren

Nine Postma

Giorgos Gripeos

Mandus Ridefelt

Zachary Schoenhut