2019-2020 Planetary Campus: The Kitchen

In-depth information on The Kitchen format:


2019 - 2020 Planetary Campus: The Kitchen

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, sometimes two full day(s) (out of seven) is /are dedicated to acts, lectures or lecture-performances (recognized here as a longstanding unique discipline, a hybrid of research, lecture, visual art and performative narrative techniques) performances, screenings or presentations, directed and steered by 11 to 12 individual students (each month a different constellation of names). Each Kitchen Act of 20 minutes is authored by one student but may involve invited "others" as collaborators, assistants or audience-participants (please scroll for Basic Curatorial Guidelines).

The ‘Kitchen’ as an educational tool was coined in 2003 by DAI and molded and sculpted ever since (meanwhile the format has proliferated to many other educational institutions and programs).
The Kitchen-format offers students the possibility to present/ activate their work and research updates, proposals, experiments and other relevant or urgent musings, in a context that is independent from the other constituents of the curriculum. For DAI, as a roaming academy without studio spaces, this is the platform where "practice" in its broadest sense 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 each and every student a sheltered ‘free space’: for the duration of twenty uninterrupted minutes where they are invited to ‘speak’ to an audience consisting of all their fellow students, DAI’s director and famously, two or more, monthly changing guest respondents (invited makers and thinkers) as well as the occasional interested auditor (you are most welcome to join a session; please contact Rik Fernhout). 

The Question

“.................... “responsibility” is not about right response, but rather a matter of inviting, welcoming, and enabling the response of the Other. That is, what is at issue is response-ability: the ability to respond. The range of possible responses that are invited, the kinds of responses that are disinvited or ruled out as fitting re-sponses, are constrained and conditioned by the questions asked, where questions are not simply innocent queries, but particular practices of engagement.” (Free after Karen Barad, 2012).

To guarantee that each student can have the full 20 minutes for their act + 20 minutes for the responses to their act, the Kitchen comes with a quite strict protocol. Beginning their presentation with a carefully crafted key question, each student presents work/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 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, tentative, spoken reflection, (roughly) guided by ‘the question’ as well as by the respondents' own concerns, interests and knowledges. 

The Basic Curatorial Guidelines

- Each presenter is, in principle, the curator-in-chief of their own Kitchen Act. 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. 

- If a Kitchen Act 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 collaborator(s) or assistant(s) a detailed plan for the 20 minutes and be very clear about the role that will be assigned to them.

- The safety of everybody in the room including the presenter, comes before anything else. It is in no way allowed to undertake any actions that can lead to causing (bodily nor mental) harm.

- Care should therefore also 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. 

- It is ok to request the physical engagement of the audience as a group, in a perfomance or other form of 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 Feed Back & the Finale 

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 Hypatia Vourloumis or Quinsy Gario ( the sessions will start in Epen in January).

Find Hypatia's and Quinsy's schedule for individual meetings here.

In addition to that Clara Saito (DAI, 2019) will offer few group coaching sessions to the Planetary Campus, welcoming anybody who would like to explore how to be (more) comfortable with their body while presenting/performing.

The advises by Hypatia, Quinsy and Clara will be projected towards the final presentations in Arnhem in June (for second students this concerns their so-called AEROPONIC Acts in the presence of all the DAI’s theory-tutors as well as one or two guests present in Arnhem in the context of sonsbeek20-24. First year students will be working towards their end of year Kitchen presentations, also in the presence of (other) guests related to the sonsbeek20-24 context).

Each DAI-week, during the days after their Kitchen presentation, each of the students who have been performing/presenting in that week will have an individual meeting of an hour with Gabriëlle Schleijpen, DAI’s director, 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 multitude of distinctive voices within our student body.  Departing from what has been expressed by means of someone's Kitchen Act, this specific conversation with the program's director can 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).
Important note for students: f2f meetings with Gabriëlle will overlap with the COOP studygroups.

Find Gabriëlle's schedule for individual meetings here

Last but not least: ‘Feed-Back’ is a student led format to prepare or to de-brief the Kitchen Acts. The sessions are held in small groups moderated by a student. Read more here.

The Camera

During the year the regular Kitchen Actss can be documented by the student body ( DAI provides a camera) as a tool for reflection and learning whereby it is important to note that 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 AEROPONIC ACTS are entirely public: the event in front of an audience, live streamed by Ricardo Liong-A-Kong, filmed by Baha Görkem Yalim and the resulting video registration plus a written report by a guest writer form an integral part of the format. See our Alumni Embassy

The Schedule 


2020 May 25 till July 1st, online

From the 25th of May till July 1st, DAI brought the Kitchen (scroll up read everything you always wanted to know about the phenomenon), somewhat reluctantly, online.  

“Mobilizing our bodies and our intelligences” and bringing ours in convivial proximity to those of others, for the duration of our DAI-week gatherings has for many years been the, not only empathizing and energizing but also intellectually formative pillar underneath our modus operandi.

Today, in the light of Covid-19, we are, together with so many more communities inhabiting this planet, dedicated to come up, for now, with alternative, safe but distant trajectories, while rethinking our common(ist) futures. For May and June 2020 this means that we will bring our program on line (read more about our evolving Covid-19 policies here).

To make sure that the respondents to our provisional, online Kitchen-sessions have an inkling to DAI’s history and communal ethos, we have decided to take the occasion and to team up with our Alumni Embassy, bringing back "home" some of our wonderful alumni and introduce them to the current generation of DAI-people. We consider this the consolidation of a much longer trajectory where we desire to re-connect with our alumni in a variety of DAI-contexts.

We also went back to some of our brilliant former (guest)tutors and asked them to digitally "return" to our Kitchen Sink as chosen respondent, next to the alumn respondent, to one specific, unique, on line Kitchen presentation by a student. We have thus scheduled 16 on line sessions in May and June 2020 ( scroll for the names & dates or check our Bulletin where you can also see how the Kitchen is embedded in the rest of the DAI's Covid-19 study trajectory). 

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen, artistic director | head of program DAI
Production: Vinita Gatne, Ricardo Liong-A-Kong, Peter Sattler. 

The Kitchen-as-online-Event can be watched, comfortably from your homes:

The DAI community can access the links to the live events from here one day before the presentations.

The link has restricted access; making the live event available only for DAI community i.e. students, tutors and crew. 

Our alumni are ofcourse (always) welcome to join the audience as well ! Please contact Vinita Gatne largely before the event Vi.Gatne@artez.nl.

Prospective students eager to catch a glimpse of the DAI in its online disguise are asked to contact Rik Fernhout. 

Wednesday July 1

11:00 Presenter: Gabriela dos Santos

Respondents: Kostas Tzimoulis (DAI, 2011) and Quim Pujol

Tuesday June 30 

15:00 Presenter: line kramer

Respondents: Joy Mariama Smith (DAI, ) and Stefanie Seibold

Sunday June 28 

11:00 Presenter: Francisco Mojica 

Respondents: Alejandro Cerón (DAI, 2018) and Sandra Schaefer

15:00 Presenter: Hubert Gromny

Respondents: Maria Iñigo Clavo and Luca Carboni (DAI, 2018)

Saturday June 27 

11:00 Presenter: Erato Tzavara

Respondents: Vinita Gatne (DAI, 2019) and Nick Aikens

Friday June 26

11:00 CET Presenter: Hasan Özgür Top 

Respondents: Anna Dasović (DAI, 2014) and Didem Pekun

15:00 CET Presenter: Marie Tučková  

Respondents: Clementine Edwards (DAI, 2018) and Veronica Valentini

Sunday June 21

11:00 Presenter:  Dorothy Hunter    

Respondents:  Despina Sevasti (DAI, 2017) and Manuela Moscoso

15:00 Presenter: Georgia Stellin

Respondents: Valentina Miorandi (DAI, 2016) and Stine Hebert

Sunday June 14

11:00 Presenter: Sepideh Behruzian (DAI, 2020)

Respondents: Hu Wei (DAI, 2016) and Natasha Ginwala

15:00 Presenter: Assem Hendawi (DAI, 2020)

Respondents: Aarti Sunder (DAI, 2015) and You Mi

Sunday June 7

17:00 CET ~ presenter: Zachary Schoenhut
Respondents: Martha Jager (DAI, 2016), Gigi Argyropoulou

20:00 CET ~ presenter: Lea Rüegg
Respondents: Tirza Kater (DAI, 2018), Christian Nyampeta.

Sunday May 31

11:00 CET ~ presenter: Mandus Ridefelt 

Respondents: Sonia Kazovsky(DAI, 2017), Patricia Reed

15:00 CET ~ presenter: Iva Kovač

Respondents: Dina Mohamed (DAI, 2019), Jakob Jakobsen.  

Monday May 25

17:00 CET ~ presenter: Sara Benaglia.


Lauren Alexander(DAI,2011), Beya Othmani, Jonas Staal

2020 DAI week 5, Tunis

Monday March 8

Location: Lezart - Rue Hbib Bourguiba (train station Dermech) next to Mad’Art Cinema

Respondents: Amal Khalaf, Thokozani Mhlambi, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


10:15 Welcome

10:25 Harun Morrison

10:30 Raphael Daibert 

11.10 Mathew Wang

11.50 Francisco Mojica 

12:30 Simon(e) van Saarloos

13:10  LUNCH BREAK at Mad'Art Cafe

14:10 Alexandra Duvekot

14:50 Rosa Ronsdorf 

15:30 Raul Sebastian Silva

16:10 Giorgos Gripeos

16:50 Anne Toth


17:45 Zane Zajančkauska

18:25 Jiatu Gu

19:05 Anastasia McCammon

19:45 Wrap Up 

20:00 Dinner at Mad'Art Cafe

2020 Dai week 4, Tunis

Saturday March 7

Location: Mad’Art- Rue Hbib Bourguiba (train station Dermech) 

Mad’Art is a cinema, theatre and dance space founded by theatre-maker, choreographer and dancer, the late Raja Ben Ammar. They have been hosting 

11:00 -12:00

Introductory presentationby Aziza Harmel: 

Back and forth. Forth and never back. Never forth and never back 

12:00 - 19:30 

Respondents: Aziza Harmel,  Beya Othmani

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


12:00 Julian Rusz

12:40 Mia van den Bos

13:20 Nine Postma


15:00 Konstantin Mitrokhov

15:40 Wilf Speller

16:20 Flip Driest

17:00 Ian Nolan


18:00 Azul De Monte 

18:40 Lou Lou Sainsbury

19: 20 Wrap Up

19:30 Dinner


2020 DAI week 3, Epen

Location: Het Patronaat in Epen 

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

9.00 Welcome & coffee

9:15 Introduction guest respondents: 

Alaa Abu Asad, Giulia Damiani, Werker Collective

9:30  Risa Horn

10:10 Emma de Filippo

10:50 Miguel Ferraez 

11:30 Zoi Moutsokou

12:10 Csilla Klenyanszki

13.00 - 14:00

Communal lunch cooked by Mari Pitkänen

Location: Patronaat, Epen

14:00  Jose Iglesias Ga-Arenal       

14:40 Sophie de Serière

15:20 Anakin Xersonsky

16:00 Kari Rosenfelt

16:40 short break

16:50 Niccolò Masini 

17.30 Hanna O’Flynn 

18.20 Rong Raffia Li 

19.00 End

19.30 Communal dinner cooked by Mari Pitkänen

Location: Bovenste Bos in Epen


2019 DAI week 2, Nieuwvliet

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Location:  Grote Kerk, Groede

Respondents: Barbara Browning, Matteo Lucchetti and Eric Peter

09:45 introduction

10:00 Gayatri Kodikal (BB,EP)

10:40 Clara Winter (BB,EP)

11:20 coffee break  

11:40 Marc Norbert Hörler (BB,ML)

12:20 Saskia Burggraaf (BB,ML)

13:00 - 14:00

Communal lunch cooked by Pick Up with the assistance of Pitchaya Ngamcharoen

Location: Grote Kerk, Groede

14:00 Francesca Hawker (BB,ML)

14:40 Dayna Casey (BB,ML)

15:20 Litchi Friedrich (ML,EP)

16:00 Tea break

16:30 Ilgin Deniz Akesloglu (ML,EP)

17:10 Mayar Alexane (BB,ML)

18:00 – 19:00

Communal Dinner Cooked by Pick Up with the assistance of Pitchaya Ngamcharoen

Location: TBC

19:00 Maxime Gourdon (BB, ML)

19:40 Flavia Palladino (BB, ML)

2019 DAI week 1, Arnhem

Host: Gabriëlle schleijpen

Respondents: Aude Christel Mgba and Vincent van Velsen 

  1. Vita Buivit
  2. Harun Morrison
  3. GUEST APPEARANCE by Clara Saito