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 full day (one out of seven) is dedicated to individual presentations, lectures and 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 other 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 a sheltered ‘free space’: for the duration of twenty uninterrupted minutes each student is invited to ‘speak’ to an audience consisting of all their fellow students, DAI’s director and famously, two, 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

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, according to a schedule to be published very soon. 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.

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 harm.

- Care should 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 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


DAI week 2, Nieuwvliet

Host: a volunteering second year student to be announced

Respondents: to be announced


1. Marc Norbert Hörler

2. Maxime Gourdon 

3. Francesca Hawker

4. Dayna Casey

5. Gayatri Kodikal

6. Flavia Palladino

7. Saskia Burggraaf

8. Mayar Alexane

9. Litchi Friedrich

10. Clara Winter     

11. Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu



DAI week 3, Epen

Host: a volunteering second year student to be announced

Respondents: to be announced


1. Risa Horn

2. Jose Iglesias Ga-Arenal

3. Zoi Moutsokou

4. Kari Rosenfelt 

5. Hanna O’Flynn

6. Emma de Filippo

7. Niccolò Masini

8. Miguel Ferraez

9. Sophie de Serière

10. Anakin Xersonsky 

11. Rong Raffia Li

12. Csilla Klenyanszki


Dai week 4, Tunis

Host: a volunteering second year student to be announced

Respondents: to be announced


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

Host: a volunteering second year student to be announced

Respondents: to be announced


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


DAI week 6, St Erme

Host: a volunteering second year student to be announced

Respondents: to be announced


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 Stelling    

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


Second year students:

Host / curator: Giulia Crispiani

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