DAI-bulletin 2009-2010 number eight May 2010

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

Please note that:

- biographical information 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.

DAI-week May 17 – May 21

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.


This weeks’ cook is Yutaka Hosino.


Friday May 14

Starting 10:15 at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
For Second Year students

The participants of the Publications Project will attend the seminar “Who Owns The Artwork” at the Eindhoven Van Abbe Museum. The aim of this seminar is to examin and discuss issues relating to authorship, copyright and the ownership of artworks arising out of the project FREE SOL LEWITT by the Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX. Speakers in the seminar will be (amongst others) Daniel McLean, Sven Lütticken, Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz, Martha Bushkirk, Pierre Leguillon, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Florian Schneider and SUPERFLEX.


Monday May 17


For all 1st year students

Plenary session with thesis mentor John Heymans

The text ‘What is Iconoclasm?’ will be introduced by students Frederik Gruyaert and Patricia Sousa. It can be downloaded from the ‘Essential texts’ of the DAI Theoretical Department. Following this, John Heymans will give a lecture on Latour’s so called Actor-Network-Theory (ANT).

For all 2nd year students

Plenary session with thesis mentor Alena Alexandrova

During the first part of this plenary session we will discuss issues related to concluding the thesis. The second half we will work on samples of your theses. Please select one page of your thesis, print and bring it to the plenary. 
13:00 - 13:40 - discussion of issues related to concluding the thesis
13:40 - 15:00 - reading your texts and discussion 
15:00 - 15:30 - break 
15:30 - 17:30 - two face-to-face meetings

19:30 (project room)

Artist lecture by Mounira Al Solh


Tuesday May 18

Starting 9:30
Face to face

meetings with Alena Alexandrova.

10:00–17:00 (project room)
For all students


by DAI-students (in no particular order) Anna Hoetjes, Goncalo Sena, Chiara Fumai, James Skunca, Vittoria Soddu, Yunjoo Kwak, Izabela Oldak and Frederik Gruyaert.

Their 20–minute presentations will be reviewed on the spot by guest advisors Rose Akras and Mounira Al Solh. The discussion will be moderated by Gabriëlle Schleijpen.

19:30 (project room)
For all students

Group meeting of Gabrielle Schleijpen with all students.


Wednesday May 19

Today the DAI ’s student body is spread over several parallel projects.

10:30-17:30 (project room)

Curated by Mark Kremer with contributions by John Heymans
Today’s programme will be announced at the beginning of the day.

10:30-17:30 (space to be announced)

Curated by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, tutored by Phil Collins and Hito Steyerl and co-ordinated by Tanja Baudoin.

Following our recent stay at the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk, Poland (30/04/10 – 10/05/10), we will be evaluating our trip and one-night exhibition “Affectionately Yours”. How did everyone experience the stay in Gdansk, what were the problems and difficulties that arose? We will discuss the working process, the organisation, and with the help of documentation made, we will talk about the exhibition as a whole and about the individual works as they were installed.

At 16:00 hrs, Prof. Thomas Elsaesser is joining the seminar for a conversation with tutor Hito Steyerl. Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In preparation for this meeting, we will have read his text “Too late, too soon, too much: From Melodrama to Noir and Neo-Noir to Postmortem and Trauma.” In this article, Professor Elsaesser introduces the term “experience” to the discursive field of affect. By reviving Walter Benjamin's distinction between "Erfahrung" and "Erlebnis", Elsaesser explores certain features of contemporary cinema, as they touch on melodramatic emotions, excess of feeling, or lack of affect, which he maps across the three distinct domains of body, time and agency.

10:30-17:30 (project room)

Organised by Manifesta
Today with: Erick Beltrán
Also present: Yoeri Meessen and Florian Göttke

For this month’s meeting, Manifesta’s guest will be Erick Beltrán. “I have more space of no-knowledge than of knowledge”, with this statement Beltrán illustrated his work towards an encyclopaedia of non-specialized knowledge presented during the Manifesta Coffee Break past December. Erick Beltrán is one of the artists invited to participate to Manifesta 8 by tranzit.org. By means of maps, diagrams and descriptions of explanations of how the world according to the opinion of non experts Beltrán uses strategies coming from micro history to create a panorama that juxtaposes and crosses over many different “personal theories” that collide in the social sphere.
During the meeting for the platform we will catch up with Erick’s preparations for his contribution to Manifesta 8 and discuss his experiences as an artist participating to various biennials.

20:00 at RIJKSMUSEUM TWENTE, Enschede
For all students. Free admission with your ArtEZ student card!
Curated by IICD for the Dutch Art Institute

by Thomas Elsaesser

With the not entirely unexpected box-office success of Avatar, 3-D films are all the rage. But this 'return of deep space' had been prepared for long in advance, and it is not at all obvious, what reasons, forces or intentions stand behind this change in viewing experience and perceptual habits. The lecture wants to dig a little deeper into deep space by offering a more layered but also more historical informed account of stereoscopic images and three-dimensional motion pictures.


Thursday May 20

9:30 – 11:00 (project room)
for second year students

Group meeting with Gabrielle Schleijpen and Rik Fernhout

Starting 9:30
Face to Face

meetings between individual DAI-students and individual guest advisorsRebecca Sakoun, Annette Krauss, Erick Beltrán, Stephen Wright,Florian Göttke, Mark Kremer andRenée Ridgway.

17:00-18:30 (project room)
For all students

Autonomy Project
Redefining autonomy in contemporary art

A meeting with Clare Butcher and Steven Ten Tije for those who have, and those who have not (yet) entered the autonomy project. As you know, the Summer School invites young professionals and those currently studying in the fields of fine arts, design, art criticism, arts policy making, art theory, curating and related areas; from the Netherlands, Great Britain and Germany – places where this issue of Autonomy is being actively debated. The week-long programme will mingle rhetorical and theoretical discussion around the notions of Autonomy with active group work, as well as presentations of various perspectives from particular case studies. The Summer School aims to equip the next generation of creative agents with the critical skills to articulate their position and practice in relation to the possibilities of Autonomy, while operating within the complex contemporary cultural field. This week of activities will be followed by the second newspaper publication, which both documents and develops the Summer School process.

Starting 19:30 (project room)
For all students

Autonomy Project
Redefining autonomy in contemporary art

Continuation of this afternoon’s session


Friday May 21

Starting 11:00 at Casco, Utrecht
‘User’s Manual: The Grand Domestic Revolution’

Curated by Binna Choi/coordinator Yolande van der Heide

Lecture seminar with Irene Cieraad

The 6th seminar will convene at the GDR apartment where Irene Cieraad will present a lecture stemming from her book project: “At Home: An Anthropology of Domestic Space,” an interdisciplinary volume of articles investigating urban living and illuminating what domestic spaces reveal about culture and society in the Western context. In turn, Cieraad will also introduce her entry into Dolores Hayden’s “The Grand Domestic Revolution” focusing on the issue of conflicts and negotiation between privacy and property; communal and cooperative living and the function of design. This will be followed by a feed back session where discussion with the students will take shape in the form of a round table exchange. A group meeting will take place at 14.30 to develop and formalize the final collective project.

Read In Action with Annette Krauss and Hilde Tuinstra, 17.00–21.00

Borrowing from the current GDR library, the collective read in action, led by Annette Krauss and Hilde Tuinstra continues to initiate instant reading sessions in someone else's home. Finding a home to read is a joint undertaking in trying to comprehend a text and its possible homes. This session will take shape in the form of collectively scanning the GDR library for a text and finding a home to read and share discussion.

Related events at Casco (student attendance is strongly recommended)
Come Alive! Case Reopened: Group Material. 'Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material' book launch event with Julie Ault.

27 May 2010, 19.00 – 20.30 at Kargadoor, Oudegracht 36, Utrecht

Starting 10:30, at Nieuwe Vide, Minckelersweg 6, 2031 EM Haarlem (http://nieuwevide.nl)

Negotiating Equity
Organised by Renée Ridgway and contributors to n.e.w.s (http://northeastwestsouth.net)

We have been working on The Object Lag the past months and will continue to do so. Therefore we will use the space to present today’s video programme. This in context of our upcoming broadcast for Amsterdam local TV.
When Video Performs Art – with Stephen Wright
In recent years, as the attention economy has triumphed, art has increasingly withdrawn from the world. In its place, one finds documentation of art, suggesting that art is not immediately present, but hidden, its coefficient of artistic visibility far too low for it to be detected and identified as such. There is perhaps no overarching explanation of this quest for the "shadows," but there is one undeniable consequence: that is, that cutting-edge art no longer takes place in art galleries, museums or other exhibition spaces, but rather in documentation centers and archives. Increasingly it is through documents rather than through artwork that art takes place, is framed and more precisely “performed.” Of course these "documents" look for all the world like artworks -- not only because artworks no longer look like anything in particular, but because they typically use media, above all video, historically associated with art making. Yet many of these video documents lay no claim to the iconic status or regime of visibility of artworks; they simply seek to reframe and hence to lend art-specific visibility to practices and phenomena which otherwise would go undetected as art.

This daylong seminar will seek to unpack this paradox conceptually, curatorially and discursively, because it is all too easy to confound – as the art-critical establishment glibly does – video documents and video artworks. The focus will be on examples, with screenings of excerpts from videos by Rabih Mroué, Francis Alÿs, Ilana Salama, Oliver Ressler, Chris Marker, Dan Graham, amongst others.