DAI-bulletin 2007-2008 number four December 2007

This is the fourth issue of the monthly DAI-bulletin in the academic year 2007-2008, informing you about our program, about important dates and events.

Students: please keep it with you as an extension to your diary. Alterations and additions to the program will be e-mailed to you. SO PLEASE READ YOUR E-MAILS EVERY DAY.

Please scroll to This Time It Is Private for news on shows by alumni and/or current students and/or lecturers.

DAI PROGRAMME December 2007

Outside DAI projects:
are projects, workshops and seminars initiated and organised by (and sometimes in collaboration with) befriended institutes and organisations in the field of art, culture and theory.
‘Outside DAI projects’ are a non-mandatory part of the the DAI-curriculum that can be accredited with ECTS studypoints. Participation in ‘Outside DAI projects’is possible upon entering specific selection procedures.

December 12-December 17
Masterclass Gerard Byrne
DAI students Emily Williams, Nikos Doulos, Chris Meighan and Julien Grossmann will join this masterclass by Gerard Byrne.
Read more >

Monday December 17
Lunch: 12.30-13.00
Dinner: 18.00-19.30

First year students:
11.00-17.30 project room
The ongoing seminar Media Theory by Willem van Weelden

This monday the session will concentrate on the legacy of the  traditional conceptual art. Drawn from media theory notions like  ‘context’ and ‘mediumspecificity’ are put in action in a survey of  the historical developments of conceptual art and its transgression  into interactive/interpassive design and generative art.

Media theory and conceptual art are cultural products of the same era (60ies) and have never met a thorough examination of their paralel orientations. Media theory has developped ever since and the critical assumption juxtaposed to this is that conceptual art did not show  such a development. For it seemd to be plagued by the desire to  produce works that were an expression of ‘pure ideas’.

Can the notion of a ‘pure idea’ be put in conjunction to a conception  of the virtual?And what would a renewed conceptialism be withinn the  context of generative art and a new critique of the institutional  practice of contemporary art?

An investigation into (interactive/interpassive) design seems  inevitable to come to terms with a legacy that formed such an  important basis of modern art.

Willem van Weelden has a background in social philosophy and visual art. He is committed to new media from 1990 onwards and has published on this topic in various magazines and catalogues. He was involved in numerous new media projects as a creative director and coach. Currently his focus is on writing and teaching.

Second year students:
11.00-18.00 Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht
The Publications Project, a collaborative project between the Werkplaats Typografie and the DAI, run by Emily Pethick

The DAI is not in favour of the concept of graduation shows or Open Days where 'the' artworld is invited to come and shop for the most catchy version of the Young & New.

The DAI prefers to guide its students to other, more sustainable platforms and therefore offers them to produce a small individual publication in an edition of 250 copies.
A book can be brought to any place in the world at any moment. It is the artist him or herself who decides upon the When, Where and to Whom. While disseminating his or her book each artist can be very precise in adressing specific, possibly more receptive audiences in stead of allowing his or her work to be swayed by the issues of the day.

Each DAI student will be connected to a graphic designer, always a master student at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.
Emily Pethick will tutor the editorial part of the production and will mediate the collaboration between artists and designers.

Today’s publishing workshop with Emily Pethick, will take place at Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht. It will be one-day brainstorm session on editorial and publishing methods, leading towards the production of individual publications in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie.

Emily Pethick is director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht. She was one of the founders of Publish and be Damned. Surveying an abundance of independent publications, Publish and Be Damned demonstrates individual approaches to making and distributing the work of artists, writers and musicians outside of the commercial mainstream through magazine fairs, a touring archive and occasional events.

All students:
19.30 project room
The Media Theory lecture:
The Time-listener, from Andy Warhol’s ‘Sleep’ to the atomclock
by arthistorian, critic, and curator Paul Groot.

Experiencing the high times of concept art when studying art history,  and having taught at the Ateliers ’63 together with notable exponents  of this movement, Paul Groot was an early adapter to an orientation on art  that welcomed new media and the new contexts that came along with  them. One of the main voices within the Mediamatic tribe, Paul has  published numerous essays on media art and the new conditions of a  artistic practice that is located on the edge of consumer culture,  design and the ruins of representation that mark the traditional  modern art.

Tuesday December 18
Lunch: 12.30-13.00
Dinner: 18.00-19.30

All students:
Leaving the Cocoon, Facing the World
Today: Toolkit Session 3: DAI Pecha Kucha Presentation.
Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which (mostly creative) work can be easily and informally shown. It was originally devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa) in Tokyo in 2003. The format has spread virally to many cities across the world. The name derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation (chit-chat).

The strength of the Pecha Kucha format is its conciseness: there are only 6 minutes and 40 seconds available. The presenter is allowed a slideshow sequence of 20 slides that are visible for exactly 20 seconds each. Mind you: exactly 20 slides each shown for exactly 20 seconds - Tweaking this format is NOT allowed. An individual slide also can consist of a short film, as long as the film fits within the Pecha Kucha timeframe of 20 seconds.

Ronald van Tienhoven is an artist and designer since 1982. From 1993 onward he has worked mainly in the public domain with projects and commissions both in the Netherlands and abroad. Through the wide focus and context of his work he has cooperated intensively with architects, urban designers, landscape designers, engineers and filmmakers. Between 1993 and 1997 he worked as freelance advisor for art in the Public Realm at the Mondriaan Foundation in Amsterdam, and advised and curated projects and exhibitions for Stroom Den Haag. He has taught and lectured in a multitude of art and design institutes. At this moment he is Domain Manager for Domain Play in the Bachelors and Masters Coach at the TU/e Industrial Design department.

All students:
19.30 Project room
The Edward Said-lecture:
On Postcolonial Representation: Planet Hollywood and Indigenous Filmmaking
By Emiel Martens

For the Edward Said lecture the DAI invites scholars, writers and curators and other cultural practioners whose research and/ or practice is informed by (aspects of) postcolonial theory. The DAI invites them to talk about their research in relation to certain theoretical notions that derive from the work of postcolonial scolars and writers.

Representation is a very important and highly debated term within postcolonial theory. Closely related to questions of culture, language and identity, representations often show us how structures of knowledge and power function in contemporary postcolonial societies. Especially since the early 1980s minority peoples all over the world have started to developed alternative representation practices and strategies in order to ‘talk back’ to the global domination of western texts, discourses and images. By representing the previously unheard voices of the marginalized, these cultural expressions try to challenge mainstream culture and to objectify hegemonic discourses.

In his lecture Emiel Martens will introduce the notion of postcolonial representation and illustrate its historical and contemporary workings in – and between – Hollywood cinema and indigenous filmmaking. He will demonstrate how indigenous peoples have traditionally been misrepresented in Hollywood adventure epics (both onscreen and offscreen), and argue that contemporary blockbusters such as King Kong (Peter Jackson, 2005) and Apocalypto (Mel Gibson, 2006) still heavily rely on colonial stereotypes and racist discourses. Then Martens will continue with the notion of indigenous filmmaking and show how Māori people have tried to counter these Hollywood misrepresentations and to resist outside cultural domination. Specific attention will be given to Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994), a fac-paced commercial Māori film which led to both much fame and controversy in postcolonial New Zealand society.

Emiel Martens (1980) is lecturer at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam, where he is currently conducting a PhD research on Jamaican film. In 2007 he published his first book Once Were Warriors: The Aftermath – The Controversy of OWW in Aotearoa New Zealand (Aksant Academic Publishers).

Wednesday December 19
Lunch: 12.30-13.00
Dinner: 18.00-19.30

First year students:
9.30-11.00 Project room
Understanding Media Theory
the second half of a supporting lecture by John Heymans

Apart from Willem van Weelden’s lectures on mediatheory, a somehow provoking book written by theorist Arjen Mulder might introduce you further into this field. Two important parts of the book have been copied.

After the first half of the lecture in which John Heymans gave a very short introduction into philosophy and postmodernism he will discuss the main topics of this book in the second half of his lecture. This is mandatory for the first year's students. Mulder’s book will be the starting point for the paper with which you have to end this part of the DAI-course.

Mentor group DAI public
11.30-17.00 AKI classroom
Florian Göttke: Mentor program DAI public

Mentor group DAI private
11.30-17.00 Project room
Rik Fernhout: Mentor program DAI private

All students:
19.30 Project room
The DAI public lecture
Theoretical Positions concerning Art and the Public Domain
By Jeroen Boomgaard
This lecture tries to evaluate some of the theoretical positions regarding art and public space.
The positions are:
1. art as form of occupation of a place by power
2. temporal and interactif works of art as a new relation to power
3. art in public space in relation to special group interests
4. art in public space as tool for the expression of dissensus instead of consensus
5. the individual and autonomous position as the way of making invisible things visible in public space

Jeroen Boomgaard has been teaching Art History of the Modern Era at the Universiteit van Amsterdam since 1983. He obtained his PhD with honors in 1995 with a thesis titled 'The Prodigal Son; Rembrandt and Dutch art historiography'. He is working as Professor for Art and Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam since January 2003, and fulfils a position in the Faculty of Building and Architecture at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
He regularly publishes articles about avant-garde issues and art and public space in Dutch and foreign magazines.

Thursday December 20
Lunch: 12.30-13.00
Christmas dinner: 19.00-(…)

All students
9.30-10.30 Project room
Plenary meeting with the course director. A space for Q and A’s, suggestions and remarks concerning the DAI.

11.00-18.00 Project room
Artist presentations by Kevin Immanuel, Hidenori Mitsue, Raymond Huizinga, Alin Naidin, Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, Emily Williams, Nikos Doulos and Kamila Szejnoch.

Reviewed by: Rik Fernhout - mentor DAI private and Florian Göttke – mentor DAI public and Gabriëlle Schleijpen – course director and one guest. Moderator: John Heijmans – mentor Theory.

Today’s guest reviewer: Paul Perry(www.alamut.com)

Friday December 21
Lunch: 12.30-13.00
Afterdrinks in DAI’s cantina: 17.00-18.00

Studio visits and private conversations with:
John Heijmans, Florian Göttke and Rik Fernhout.

Today’s guest advisors: Delphine Bedel, Paul Perry, Partizan Publik (www.partizanpublik.nl), Annette Krauss and Hans van Houwelingen.

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News on alumni and/or current students and/or lecturers (You are all most welcome to send in your announcements).


In [ART NOTES] 17_07, (Spanish and English) DAI guest lecturer Rubén de la Nuez wrote Lo abyecto: Enunciación y renunciación, an article about the work of DAI alumnus Kristiina Koskentola.
Read the article on www.kristiinakoskentola.nl


November 14 – December 1 2007
ISKANJE PROSTORA is a photo installation by DAI student Marina Tomic.
Curator: Petra Kapš
Organisation: MKC Maribor
Opening, 14. november 2007. 19.h
Galery MEDIA NOX, Židovska ulica 12, Maribor, Slovenia


December 1 2007 – January 12 2008

Current DAI student Suzanne van Rest is showing an installation and sculpture in the show TO AN OTHER COMMONPLACE. Other participating artists: Dineo Seshee Bopape, Noor van Horick, Isi Kunath, Katja Mater, Kim Rikken, Lieke Snellen, Tiki Postma, Esmé Valk, Anne Walk.
Mart House Gallery
Prinsengracht 529, 1016 HR Amsterdam
Thu, Fri, Sat, 13.00-18.00
020 6275187, 06 27255577


November 26 - December 3 2007
DAI alumnus Machteld Aardse will participate in the WOMENS ART FESTIVAL in Aleppo (Syria), organized by Issa Touma’s Lepont Gallery. The opening is on the 30th of November. Machteld Aardse will present the video Samar, a work that she has developed from material that she gathered in Beirut during the workshop Here as the Centre of the World. She will continue her research for the Samarproject, this time in Syria. The Samar projects as well as the WOMENS ART FESTIVAL are supported by the Mondriaan Stichting.


Progress in Space
December 1 – December 28 2007

Progress in Space is an exhibition by DAI student Carlijn Mens, DAI alumnus Jolanda Jansen together with Linda Arine de Bruin and Viola Onderdelinden.
Opening performance by the artists on December 1 16.00 accompanied by live readings by DAI student Kevin Immanuel.
Every Friday the artists are working on the exhibition.
Finissage on December 28 at 17.00 uur.
Kunstcentrum Haagweg, Haagweg 4, Leiden.
Open: Fri/Sat/Sun 13.00-17.00.


Eastside Out
Stories from the inside
December 6-16 2007

Presentation of Enschede based artists initiative B93 (www.b93.nl) in de Veemvloer.
Among the participants DAI alumni Tracey Prehay, Maaike Sietzema, Ge-Karel van der Sterren and Afra Willems.
Opening December 6 20.00
Open: Wednesday till Saturday 13.00-18.00, Sunday 14.00-17.00
De Veemvloer
Van Diemenstraat 410
1013 CR Amsterdam


December 12, 20.00 uur

Lecture by DAI mentor Florian Goettke. For Toppled Goettke collected from he internet hundreds of pictures, both news and amateur, of the tearing down of the statues of Saddam Hoessein in Irak.
This lecture is organised by SKOR.
December 12, 20.00 uur
Het Kantoor in het Lloyd Hotel
Oostelijke Handelskade 43, Amsterdam
Reservations: ad@skor.nl


DAI alumnus Anne Schiffer (www.anneschiffer.com) is admitted to the HISK in Gent, Belgium.
The HISK (Higher Institute of Fine Arts) organizes the postgraduate education in Flanders in the field of the visual arts. It provides some twenty five young artists from Belgium and abroad with a studio of their own, for a duration of two years.
The HISK is open in the first place for people who have already obtained a Masters, or a degree that is equivalent to it. Exceptionally, people who do not have a Masters degree may be admitted to the programme, on the basis of an interview in which the level of development, the motivation and artistic affinity of the candidate with the course are gauged along with as his or her professional or other relevant experience.(www.hisk.nl)