Planetary Campus: The Kitchen 2018-2019
As an infrastructure Planetary Campus is the container for several activities initiated by the DAI, one of them is
“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 institutions). The Kitchen-format offers individual students the possibility to present their independent work and research updates, proposals, experiments and other relevant or urgent musings. 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” to individual DAI-students: for the duration of twenty uninterrupted minutes each student is invited to 'speak' to an audience consisting of all their fellow students, the 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 Nikos Doulos).
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, choreography, play, 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 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 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 offerend one intensive and completely personal advisory session (face to face) with either Rebecca Sakoun, Hypatia Vourloumis or a mystery guest (soon to be announced), according to a schedule which will be published in the monthly bulletin. The advises are 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 in the presence of COOP representatives.
Each DAI-week, after the Kitchen presentation, the students who have been performing/presenting will have a meeting with Gabriëlle Schleijpen, the initiator of the format, and witness to many hundreds of Kitchen-presentations since its 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 curriculum component and platform for all the unique voices within our student community. Departing from what has been expressed by means of the presentation, this specific conversation with the Head of Program can also serve as a focussed moment for a student to share 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 regular presentations will be documented 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 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, the resulting video registration plus a written report form an integral part of the format. See: Graduduation Acts Videos.
Sunday October 14 in Arnhem - Introductory session
Location: Coehoorn, Coehoornstraat 17, 6811 LA
14:00 An introduction to the Kitchen 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
Location: ArtEZ Oude Kraan 26
Referee: DAI-director Gabriëlle Schleijpen
Camera: Silvia Ulloa
Technical support: Ricardo Liong-A-Kong
9:40 Dina Mohamed
10:20 Elien Ronse
11:00 Sara Benaglia
11:40 Joannie Baumgärtner
12:20 Sara Cattin
13:00 - 14:00
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
Location: PAF, room...
Irati Irulegui Otermin
Marc Norbert Hörler
Sunday January 13 in Cagliari
Jose Iglesias Gª-Arenal
Emma De Filippo
Sunday February 10, Epen
Simon(e) van Saarloos
Assem A. Hendawi
Saturday March 9, Dessau
Monday April 15, Epen