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 individual presentations, lectures or 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 11 to 12 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 many other educational institutions and programs).
The Kitchen-format offers individual students the possibility to present their work and research updates, proposals, experiments and other relevant or urgent musings, in a context that is independent from the other parts of the curriculum. 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 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). 

Please scroll to find the schedule for each month

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).

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, 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 (see below) 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, 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 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 (Grad) 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 a meeting 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 myriad of distinctive voices within our student body.  Departing from what has been expressed by means of the presentation, this specific conversation with the program's director can also 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 debrief the Kitchen presentations. The sessions are held in small groups moderated by a student. Read more here.

The Camera

During the year the regular Kitchen presentations 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 (Grad) 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 Basic Curatorial Rules

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

- 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. 

- If a presentation 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 assistant(s) a detailed plan for the presentation or performance and be very clear about the role that will be assigned to the assistant(s).

- It is ok to request the physical engagement of the audience as a group, in a perfomance or 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 Schedule 


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

Dai week 4, Tunis

Respondents: to be announced

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


1. Assem Hendawi

2. Raphael Daibert

3. Wilf Speller

4. Iva Kovač

5. Sara Benaglia

6. Simon(e) van Saarloos

7. Anne Toth

8. Raul Sebastian Silva

9. Zane Zajančkauska

10. Mia van de Bos

11. Azul De Monte 

12. Rosa Ronsdorf    

DAI week 5, Tunis

Respondents: to be announced

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


1. Konstantin Mitrokhov

2. Matthew Wang

3. Julian Rusz     

4. Nine Postma

5. Anastasia McCammon

6. Jiatu Gu

7. Ian Nolan

8. Lou Lou Sainsbury

9. Flip Driest

10. Francisco Mojica

11. Alexandra Duvekot

12.Giorgos Gripeos


DAI week 6, St Erme

Respondents: to be announced

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


1. Mandus Ridefelt

2. Dorothy Hunter 

3. Zachary Schoenhut

4. Lea Ruegg    

5. Sepideh Behruzian

6. Marie Tuckova  

7. Hubert Gromny

8. line kramer

9. Georgia Stellin    

10. Erato Tzavara

11. Gabriela Passos

12. Hasan Özgür Top


DAI week 7, Arnhem 

First year students:

Host: a volunteering second year student to be announced

Respondents: to be announced + all second year students

Referee: Gabriëlle Schleijpen


Second year students:

Host / curator: Giulia Crispiani

Respondents: all theory tutors  + guest(s) to be announced

Referee: Gabriëlle Schleijpen




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)

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