DAI-bulletin 2010-2011 number six March 2011

This is the sixth issue of the monthly DAI-bulletin in the academic year 2010-2011, informing you about our program during the DAI-week.
Instead of asking its master students to be present at the institute on a daily base the DAI offers an alternative educational environment: once per month(11 times per year) students, faculty and invited guests come to the DAI in Arnhem for a full week and take part in an intense program (consisting of lectures, artists talks, performances, seminars, face to face conversations, projects, master classes and workshops) that lasts from early morning until late at night.
A cook prepares the afternoon and evening meals that students, faculty and guests enjoy together. During the DAI-week students spend the night in an accommodation in Arnhem provided by the DAI. In between DAI-weeks all return to their daily practices as artists and researchers - scattered over the Netherlands, or abroad.

Please note that:

- biographical notes on our guests can be found on our website under ‘Faculty’ and ‘ Guests’.
- all parts of the curriculum have to be attended by ALL students unless it is mentioned otherwise.
- the evening presentations on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are open to interested members of the public.

Location: Kortestraat 27, Arnhem.


DAI- Cantina

Lunch will be served daily from 13:00-14:00, dinner Monday and Tuesday from 18:00-19:00, Wednesday The Chicago Band members from 18.00–19.00, students and faculty from 19.00–20.00, and Thursday from 18:30-19:30

March 21: Monday DAI - Publication

10:30–17:00 WT
For all 2st year students
Pressing Issues – coordinator Rebecca Sakoun

Monday's session of Pressing Issues will take place at the Werkplaats Typografie building 
at Agnietenplaats 2, Arnhem, beginning at 10:30am. 

We will have group presentations: DAI and WT student pairs will present a first draft design proposal for each publication.
Second-year students will gather for the second session of <<DAI Publications: Pressing Issues>>.
During the day, Pressing Issues Coordinator Rebecca Sakoun will have face-to-face meetings with individual students.

11.00–18.00 (Lecture Room)
For all 1st year students
Publishing Class
Framework: Binna Choi (Casco)
Support editor and coordinator: Chris Lee (Casco)
Today’s guests: Melanie Gilligan and Dmitry Vilensky (Chto delat ?)

11.00-13.00 Workshop w/Dmitry Vilensky and Melanie Gilligan
13.00-13.30 Lunch
13.30-16.00 Continue w/ workshop (Dmitry till 15.00)
16.00-18.00 Journal review & editorial meeting

19:30 (Project Space)
For students & general public
Publishing Class ; today’s guest: Melanie Gilligan

An evening program with Melanie Gilligan

March 22 : Tuesday DAI - Presentation

Starting 10:30 - 21:00 all students
Performing Presentation / Presenting Performance

Intensive workshop ( 4 meetings in 4 months) by David Weber-Krebs and Jan-Philipp Possmann

March 23: Wednesday DAI-Thesis

10:30 - 14:30 (Lecture Room)
Exclusive seminar for participants in the project
With Steven ten Thije

Today’s session of Traces of Autonomy: information will follow.

Program – Evaluation
Starting 10:00-11.00 (Reading Room)
All students ( except those involved in Traces of Autonomy): group talk with Rik Fernhout and Gabrielle Schleijpen

Reading for Writing or How to do things with Theory
Alena Alexandrova & her group of 15 students

13:30 - 15:00: The group will read and discuss text by Brian Holmes

In this plenary session we will read and discuss texts by Brian Holmes' -  "The Absent Rival:Radical Art in a Political Vacuum", in Escape the Overcode. Activist Art in the Control Society, 2009, pp.158-172 and focus on issues as (the possibility of) activism and art in the context of network cultures.
For those interested we attached a second text by Holmes (which in in fact a chapter in his book) and you can look up his blog Continental Drift - http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/
It will be briefly introduced by DAI-students Jort and Frederik.
The second half of this theory session will focus on issues related to writing - developing ideas in a paragraph, drafting a chapter and any other questions that you have.

Reading for Writing or How to do things with Theory
Doreen Mende & her group of 15 students

13.30 - 15.00
For this session, students present from theirr research and have short group discussions on each of the writing projects.

Starting 15:00-17.30(Project Room)
Discursive session with special guests Hiwa K. & Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Culminating in tonights PUBLIC CONCERT

20.00 – 22.00 ground floor:
The Chicago Boys.
Organisation: Casco & If I Can’t Dance & DAI/ArtEZ

The Chicago Boys, While We Were Singing, They Were Dreaming: a 1970s revival band and neoliberalism study group assembled by Kurdish artist and musician Hiwa K.

The band plays 1970s popular music songs from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, England, Bangladesh, Poland, the Netherlands, and Lebanon. The performances of the songs are alternated with associative presentations of archival material related to personal stories and appearances of neoliberal policies.

March 24: Thursday DAI - Autonomy

Starting  10.00

Face to Face meetings between individual DAI-students and (guest) advisors Alena Alexandrova, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Tanja Baudoin, Phil Collins, Alfredo Cramerotti, Rana Hamadeh,Florian Göttke, Hiwa K., Doreen Mende, Sharon Smith.

Thursday afternoon starting: 14.00
Re-reading Public Images will meet with Rana Hamadeh. In preparation of the trip to Beirut beginning of April she will introduce a very personal view on her native city Beirut.

Evening lecture
19.30- 21.00 pm

Alfredo Cramerotti will introduce the book 'Aesthetic Journalism' and map out its broader lines, which would then be developed on the Friday together with the students showing their 'artistic research' projects. In the book, Alfredo draws parallels between the artist-researcher and the investigative journalist. One aim in the book is also to still employ fiction as a subversive but meaningful and effective agent of reality. By challenging the aesthetic dogma of what truth looks like, Aesthetic Journalism can tempt mainstream journalism to reconsider its approach.
Link to the concept of Aesthetic Journalism:

March 25: Friday DAI-Project

Today students split up to participate in 3 different ongoing projects

Starting 10:00
Curated by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, tutored by Phil Collins and co-ordinated by Tanja Baudoin
Today’s special guest: Sharon Smith

Our guest this month is Sharon Smith, who joins our project on Thursday and Friday.

Sharon Smith is a founding member of Max Factory (UK) and now a member of Gob Squad (Berlin). She makes work between the languages of dance, theatre and visual art. Her projects are generally collaborative and so produced out of dialogue and negotiation. She works with Katie Duck in Amsterdam in an improvised performance collective and holds improvisation as a useful practical tool for understanding better ones performative involvement with a live event. She runs the Blue Stocking Social Club, rooting experimental performance in a northern English tradition of community and audience engagement. She has a PhD in the area of Live Performance Practice.

Max Factory is a performance-based collaborative project by Felicity Croydon and Sharon Smith. The two started working together in 1996, and are currently based in London. In their work Max Factory explore the liminal territory between visual arts, performance and theatre. They assimilate culturally codified systems of meaning to emphasise their arbitrary and fundamentally absurd nature. Often this is done by undermining the repertoire of images, ideas and assumptions about the female body. There is a post-feminist inclination in much of Max Factory practice, implied as an attempt at redefining the sphere of femininity and as a critical interest in the formation of personal and public identities in our commodity-obsessed, media-saturated culture.

Friday’s session consists out of a “production” component with performative exercises lead by Sharon Smith, and an “affect” component of theory discussion. In addition there will be time to speak about our upcoming project in Bilbao. In preparation for this session we are reading “The Broken Circuit: an interview about shame”, with Lauren Berlant, by Sina Najafi and David Serlin from Cabinet magazine (fall 2008). Lauren Berlant is Professor of English at the University of Chicago and writes on a.o. public spheres as affect worlds. The topic of shame is widely written about in affect theories and can be considered a specific 'type' of affect.
Download the text here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7678433/Berlant_ShameCabinet.pdf

Starting 10:30 (Project Space)
Today Re-reading Public Images and Negotiating Equity groups willteam up
Florian Göttke will host the session, while Renee Ridgway is still in India

Today’s special guest: Alfredo Cramerotti

Alfredo Cramerotti invites the DAI students to unravel the relationship between visual and non-visual in relation to information production, distribution and reception (which can be attached to many practices such as artistic, journalistic, legal, scientific etc). As a stimulus, take a look at the concept of/approach to 'unphotographable', as developed by Michael David Murphy: http://www.unphotographable.com/
He will introduce an alternative approach to critique, constructing a sort of map / timeline / narrative / puzzle / mosaic in text, print, video or audio which takes onboard the pitfalls of the visual element and attempts to reconstitute an 'experiential truth' of that topic via non-visual elements.