DAI-bulletin 2009-2010 number ten July 2010

Dutch Art Institute
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ArtEZ Master of Fine Art

Dear friends and relations of the DAI,


During the very last DAI-week(July 12-15) of this academic year our students, staff, and external experts will be fully immersed in a four day long line up of 31 lecture-presentations. This performative ‘finale’ serves as a wrap–up, or a conclusion to the various projects and other research trajectories to which the DAI-students have committed themselves in 2009 and 2010.

31 DAI-students will present a reflective update of their recent research and practice in the form of a lecture / presentation / performance of maximum 20 minutes. The external experts are invited to freely discus the presentations, to advice and empower the students and graduates but also to determine if the level of the presentation justifies graduation or an unconditional pass to the second year.


We are delighted to be able to welcome in our midst Ruth Noack ( writer and curator, e.g. curator of documenta 12), Aneta Szylak (curator and art theorist, co-founder and currently director of Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk), Adrian Rifkin (professor of Art Writing in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, London)and Grant Watson (Senior Curator and Research Associate at Iniva, London)who has also recently accepted our invitation for the 2010/2011 Associate Professorship DAI/ ArtEZ.

The assessments can be followed on line: a link to the livestream can be found on the pop up at the homepage of our website. There as well as in the attached document you can find a timetable plus  biographical information on the invited guests. http://www.dutchartinstitute.nl/


In order to graduate, DAI–students in their second year of course had to hand in a written thesis before the end of June. This year their individual theoretical research and writing was mentored by Alena Alexandrova.

The DAI carefully selected the following writers/ scholars/theoreticians Michael Hunter, Boris Buden, Michele Faguet, Dick HebdigeErin la CourMartine van Kampen and Vladimir Stissi and kindly invited them to read and to write a review one or two of the texts that the art students have produced. A small selection of the theses and the written comments by the reviewers is soon to be published on our site.


In 2009 and 2010 the ongoing projects at the very heart of the  DAI’s curriculum were:

'Affectionately Yours',commisioned by the DAI, curated and run by If I Can't Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution for DAI by Tanja Baudoin, Frederique Bergholtz, Maaike Gouwenberg and tutored by Phil Collins and Hito Steyerl.

'GoodTripBadTrip’, a two-year research project at the DAI that culminated in a collective trip and meeting with a shaman at Olhkon Island in Lake Baikal, Siberia. It was curated, run and tutored by Mark Kremer, in collaboration with John Heymans.

'Negotiating Equity' curated, run and tutored by Renée Ridgway for the DAI in collaboration with n.e.w.s as well as with Emily Williams, curator at the Nieuwe Vide in Haarlem. 

'Platform for (Un)Solicited Research and Advice’, a collaboration between Manifesta 8 and the DAI, co-ordinated by Yoeri Meessen and Florian Göttke.

The 2010 edition of the 'Publications Project', an ongoing collaboration between the DAI and the Werkplaats Typografie, has been edited, co-ordinated and tutored by Delphine Bedel. This most recent collection of artist books published by the DAI is distributed by Sashin (www.shashin.nl), Monospace Press (www.monospacepress.com).

'User's Manual: The Grand Domestic Revolution' curated and run by Binna Choi for the DAI, taking place at Casco, office for art, design and theory in Utrecht.


On behalf of the students and the staff of the DAI I warmly thank all the artists, theoreticians, curators, cooks and activists, who have been such great and committed contributors to our program during a year that has been most rewarding for our institute in terms of ‘content’ and ‘community’ but at the same time has been rather exhausting because of the enduring uncertaintity about the DAI’s location.

We will keep you updated on the now very soon to be expected clarity about our near future.

Please note that, in any case, our office is closed from July 22 to August 17. For this summer we wish all of us a large and shady tree under which to read and sip our wine ‘far from the maddening crowd’.

All the best,

Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Course Director

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This is the tenth issue of the monthly DAI-bulletin in the academic year 2009-2010, informing you about our program and about important dates and events.

DAI-week July 12 – June 15

Instead of asking its master students to be present at the institute on a daily base the DAI offers an alternative educational environment: during one week per month (11 times per year) everyone who is involved in DAI stays in Enschede day and night and takes part in an intense program (consisting of lecture presentations, seminars, face to face conversations, projects, master classes, workshops etcetera) that lasts from early morning until late at night. During the DAI week, guest cooks prepare the afternoon and evening meals that staff, students and guests enjoy together. During the week students spend the night at one of the two DAI houses in the centre of Enschede. In between these so-called DAI-weeks all return to their daily practices - scattered over the Netherlands, or abroad.


Lunch will be served Monday from 11:3-12:30, other days from 13:00-14:00, dinner Monday-Thursday from 18:30-19:30

During the July DAI-week artist / cook Yutaka Hoshino will take care of our dinners.



Monday July 12

External Experts: Aneta Szylak and Adrian Rifkin

12:30-13:15 Doris Denekamp
13:15-14:00 Chiara Fumai

14:15-15:00 Jort van der Laan
15:00-15:45 Taf Hassam

16:00-16:45 Gonçalo Sena
16:45-17:30 Tzvika Gutter
17:30-18:15 Julio Pastor

Tuesday July 13

External Experts: Aneta Szylak and Adrian Rifkin

10:00-10:45 Jeroen Marttin
10:45-11:30 Izabela Oldak

11:45-12:30 Eva Schippers
12:30-13:15 Vittoria Soddu

14:00-14:45 James Skunca
14:45-15:30 Jimini Hignett

15:45-16:30 Kostas Tzimoulis
16:30-17:15 Emilio Moreno

Wednesday July 14

External Experts: Ruth Noack and Grant Watson

10:00-10:45 Barbara Wagner
10:45-11:30 Charlotte Rooijackers

11:45-12:30 Amanda Koelman
12:30-13:15 Veridiana Zurita

14:00-14:45 Anna Hoetjes
14:45-15:30 Petra Vacková

15:45-16:30 Eelco Wagenaar
16:30-17:15 Lauren Alexander

Thursday July 15

External Experts: Ruth Noack and Grant Watson

10:00-10:45 Eva Olthof
10:45-11:30 Yunjoo Kwak

11:45-12:30 Sevgi Ortac
12:30-13:15 Ruben van Klaveren

14:00-14:45 Frederik Gruyaerts
14:45-15:30 Viki Semou

15:45-16:30 Patrícia Sousa
16:30-17:15 Lado Darakhvelidze

Biographical Notes

Aneta Szylak, curator and art theorist, co-founder and currently director of Wyspa Institute of Art - the intellectual environment for contemporary visual culture - in the former Gdansk Shipyard premises in Poland and Vice-President of the Wyspa Progress Foundation. Early in her career, she became interested in participatory practices, which resulted in her commitment today to performativity, contextuality and open, dynamic forms in exhibition- and institution-making. Her long-term involvement in the groundbreaking, alternative and politically involved Gdansk art scene bore fruit in her interest in collective forms of work. In 1998 Aneta Szylak founded the Laznia (Bathhouse) Centre for Contemporary Art and was its Director until spring 2001.

Curator and writer Ruth Noack studied feminist theory, audiovisual media and art in the United States and England. In 1999 she gained her degree in art history from the University of Vienna with a dissertation on a feminist topic (subjectification processes in the visual arts, exemplified by the early work of Lynn Hershman). By this time she had already started working as a translator, art critic and exhibition organizer. In all of her activities Noack has adopted an interdisciplinary approach that also incorporates film theory.
From 2005 onwards Ruth Noack held the post of curator of documenta 12, which took place in 2007 in Kassel. In addition to its primary aim of creating an emancipated public, the exhibition focussed on the work of female artists (featuring Charlotte Posenenske, Martha Rosler and Mary Kelly, among others) and explored contemporary forms of global exhibition.
Noack’s numerous publications and lectures include monographs on the work of Eva Hesse, Alejandra Riera, Danica Dakic, Ines Doujak and Mary Kelly. In recent years she has become increasingly interested in issues related to globalization and exhibition-making, and is currently engaged in a research project on the concept of the translocal museum.

Adrian Rifkin is a professor of Art Writing in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, London where he teaches on the new MA in that subject. His website is www.gai-savoir.net http://www.gai-savoir.net> , where there are essays on music, queer theory, artists' work and so forth. In the last two years he completed two exhibitions of the life and works of the composer Cornelius Cardew, together with Grant Watson, at MuHKA, Antwerp and The Drawing Room, and is currently involved in a range of conferences on art education and radical pedagogy in the UK – a contribution to this can be found on eflux Journal No 14.

Grant Watson is Senior Curator and Research Associate at Iniva, where he coordinates Iniva's research programme and publications, and is also involved with exhibitions. Untill April 2010 he was Projects Curator at MuHKA, Antwerp, where he was involved in curating exhibitions and artist projects at the museum including the Santhal Family positions around an Indian sculpture and Cornelius Cardew, as well as organising the lecture series Keywords. He was previously the Curator of Visual Arts at Project in Dublin between 2000 and 2005 where his programme focused on commissioning solo projects from contemporary Irish and international artists as well as occasional group exhibitions such as Communism in 2005 and Enthusiasm for Frieze Projects in 2006. Grant Watson was "Visiting Curator" for Documenta 12 where he researched the participation of contemporary Indian artists in the exhibition. He studied Curating and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College London.