DAI-bulletin 2006-2007 number two October 2006

This is the second issue of the monthly DAI-bulletin in the academic year 2006-2007, informing you about our program, and about important dates and events concerning students and alumni (to go directly to THIS TIME IT IS PRIVATE please scroll).

Students: please, PRINT THIS TEXT and keep it with you as an extension to your diary.
Alterations and additions to the program will be e-mailed to you.

DAI PROGRAMME October 2006


No programme.


Tuesday 10
TRACER, an outside DAI-lecture programme on various locations (in addition to the monthly DAI-week). Tracer is run by John Heymans.
Today: Research on Research
- presentations and discussion with Mika Hannula, Suchan Kinoshita, Daniël van der Velden and Koen Brams.
Location: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.


No programme.


The monthly DAI-WEEK
This week the presence of all students is requested from Monday 11.00 till Friday 17.00.


- Thursday 26Questions & Answers on THE HALFWAY LECTURE
By bus to Eindhoven

Monday 23

Here As the Center of the World
An ongoing transnational project initiated by the DAI and co-ordinated by artist/curator Alite Thijsen.
More information on the project >

10.45 Projectroom
Welcome and brief overview of the upcoming DAI-projects 2006-2007 by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, course director DAI.

The first year students will be introduced to Here as the Center of the World through 3 presentations of the 3 HATCOTW projects from last year:

Taipei by Jolanda Jansen, Astrid Marit, Dagmar Kriegesmann, John Heymans and Ricardo Liong-A-Kong.

Damascus by Pavlina Verouki, Kristiina Koskentola, Rana Hamadeh and Rik Fernhout.

Lunch in the canteen

Beirut by Iris Tenkink, Machteld Aardse, Adamantia Nika, Sónia Ribeiro, Rana Hamadeh, Paula Bugni and Alite Thijsen.

In January and March 2007, the DAI will be involved in projects in Khartoum (Sudan) and Diyarbakir (Turkey).
Todays special guest Neil van der Linden, cultural producer and expert on contemporary culture in countries where the Islam prevails will tell us about his recent trip to Khartoum.
DAI staff member Ricardo Liong-A-Kong and DAI-alumnus Gerco Lindeboom will talk about a DAI project called Rucksack Tur Abdin that took place in 2005 in the Tur Abdin region of South-East Turkey as well as in Diyarbakir.

DAI-dinner in the canteen

Tonight In Cinema HATCOTW two amazing movies will be screened in the projectroom:

Yol (1982) written and directed by Yilmaz Guney, an ethnic Kurd. As his films got more political, he came under the scrutiny of Turkish authorities and was jailed several times for various political offenses. In the late 1970s he was convicted, in a very controversial trial, of murder and received a long prison sentence. He escaped from prison in 1981 and fled to France.

Kafi's Story (1990), a film about Sudanese labour and migration from Torogi (in the south) to Khartoum.
It won many international prizes and was made by the documentary-maker Arthur Howes, passionately involved in the griefs of Sudan.


Tuesday 24

9.30-10.30 Projectroom.
A mandatory DAI seminar for the students of the first year run by John Heymans.
The participants of this theoretical seminar have to read Understanding Media Theory (2004). This book (the only one that the DAI wants ALL its students to read and to reflect upon collectively) was written by Arjen Mulder and it was developed particularly for artists as well as art students.
(More information >) This morning John Heymans will present an introduction.

From 11.00-17.30:
Today students are supposed to be present in their studio at the DAI. The following staff members, mentors* or special guests* may pay you a visit and talk with on your artistic research.

Special guests* are invited to come to the DAI for two days of studiovisits. They are also invited to present their own practice to the DAI student by means of a lecture/presentation.

This year the DAI invited 4 artists to operate as a mentor to a fixed group of 6 or 7 students. The mentors* will visit 'their' students on 5 different days throughout this academic year. Mentors are choosen because of their critical as well as their emphatical competences, their inspiring art practices and the fact that in the past the DAI has experienced that collaborating with them was truly stimulating.

Special guests in October:
Jan Rothuizen's (Amsterdam 1968) work employs photographic works, drawings, personal texts and on-site infiltrations. He published the book On a clear day you can see forever about his wanderings through New York City. His work was shown among many other places at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessalonica, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Printed Matter in New York, and at Index in Stockholm. This year he was an artist in residence at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt. Jan Rothuizen is represented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam.

Margret Wibmer was born in Lienz/Austria in 1959.
She studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna/Austria. She has lived and worked for several years in New York City; among others her work was shown at Fashion Moda Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City / worked as an assistant for the American artist Sol Lewitt and as a fashion stylist for the fashion photographer Bob Kiss and the 'David Letterman Show' / moved to Amsterdam in 1990 / collaborations with the Center for Science and Computer Studies (CWI) and the STEIM Institute in Amsterdam / 2001 founded her own label ‘Imoto’, a platform for experimental interventions in which she introduces elements of dance, music, fashion and architecture./ since 2003 tutor at the AKI in Enschede.

Rebecca Sakoun (more information >), mentor to Adamantia Nika, Astrid Marit van Peet, Anna Korteweg, Emily Williams, Jae-Min Kim and Kevin Drager.

Sylvie Zijlmans (1964), mentor to Pavlina Verouki, Carlijn Mens, Dagmar Kriegesmann, Meiyu Tao, Chris Meighan and Nikos Doulos.

‘Controlling doom is something of all time. It is a remedy against primal fears and a rich source of superstition and myth. With her most recent exhibition in the Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam 2006, entitled The Uninvited, Sylvie Zijlmans referred to this forgotten, magical undertow in our culture. She showed us unexpected images that acquire a fairy-tale meaning by the way they render menace and destruction visible. By lending an intimacy to the uncontrollable, it gains in intensity. Sylvie Zijlmans joins photographic and sculptural images together and integrates functional electrical parts in the work.’

Gabriëlle Schleijpen, course director DAI, and John Heymans, mentor theory will also pay visits to a couple of students.

DAI-dinner in the canteen

20.00-21.00 projectroom
Lecture presentation by Jan Rothuizen


Wednesday 25

9.30-10.30 projectroom
Lecture presentation by Margret Wibmer

From 11.00-17.30:
Today students are supposed to be present in their studio at the DAI. The following staff members, mentors or special guests may pay you a visit.

Special guests: Jan Rothuizen and Margret Wibmer
(for info see Tuesday 24)

Tiong Ang, mentor to Iris Tenkink, Paula Bugni, Sónia Ribeiro, Kristiina Koskentola, Rana Hamadeh and Maciej Duchowski.

‘In his work Tiong Ang (Surabaya, 1961) takes the shape of a travelling storyteller, a restless wanderer, examining people's negotiations with the ethnic, political and cultural relationship of our hybrid global reality.
He reproduces visual stories without beginning or end, while questioning the authenticity and impermanence of their origins and bearings. Everywhere he goes he is looking for unfinished, unexpected and sometimes -at first sight- insignificant events that according to him produce timeless imagery. Ang himself temporarily goes hiding in story fragments, with the effect that his character wonders whether he is fact or fiction. Connecting threads in his work are: watching and being watched, distance and commitment, silence and communication, concentration and stupidity.’
Tiong Ang’s work was widely exhibited, from Amsterdam to Venice, from Sao Paulo to Beijing and beyond.

Hans van Houwelingen, mentor to Jolanda Jansen, Machteld Aardse, Kamila Szejnoch, Julien Grossmann, Bani Bannwart, Tatia Skhirtladze.

Hans van Houwelingen is known for his versatile and critical look at art in public space, public life, and cultural politics. The monograph Stiff (Edited by Max Bruinsma. ~Essays by Bram Kempers, Sjoukje van der Meulen and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen) documents more than 20 of his works for the public domain, and provides a careful analysis of the contexts from which they were derived. A selection of critical texts by the artist summarizes his decade-long provocative and inquisitive practice.’

Take notice: this book as well as books on other mentors and guestlecturers can be consulted in the tutors room.

Gabriëlle Schleijpen, course director DAI, and John Heymans, mentor theory will also pay visits to a couple of students.

DAI-dinner in the canteen

20.00-21.00 projectroom
By Eric Kluitenberg, theorist, writer and organiser on culture and technology, currently based at De Balie, Centre for Culture and Politics in Amsterdam will lecture on The Book of Imaginary Media (2005). This book (edited by himself) investigates the technological myths and the dream of ‘the ultimate communication medium’ from multiple perspectives.

Understanding Imaginary Media

'This isn't virtual...
...it's real...
it'll change the way you feel...'

(P. Blegvad - 'Travel Light')

Much of media theory relies on the juxtaposition of the actual and the virtual and the entangled orders of the real and simulated. All of which examines de facto media, or what we could call in German 'Real existierende Medien'. However, much of media history is infused with the the imaginary, with dreams, desires, visions, hopes, aspirations, delusions, fears and anxieties. Such dreams, desires and fears emerge out of the perception of machines / technology as all powerful. This hardly needs to explained when we look at the subtext of Hollywood blockbusters such as the Terminator series, or the Star-Trek imaginary of the Borg species; playing on the fear of technology invading the human body.

The question of Media deals primarily with issues of communication and representation. Media is never here and now, it is the question of mediating over distance that makes media media in the first place. What is here and now is the media machine itself, the physical construct. This rather simple idea has given rise to an entire new strand of writing media history which is called Media Archaeology, and which examines how the problems of mediation are inscribed in the very technical and physical structure of the media machines. The surprising discovery, however, when looking at the archaeology of the media machines is the mergence of cyclical patterns of beliefs and aspirations ascribed to often rather banal and failing technical devices. Subsequent generations of media machines attest to similar expectations and demands that are rarely met.

At times these imaginations, dreams and desire drive the actual development of media to realise particular media forms that than become part of everyday culture. The dreams themselves infect popular culture in countless ways, through advertisements, movies, books and other 'imaginaries' projected on the humble machines in circulation. Media are neither purely imaginary nor purely actual. The theoretical framework must be expanded to account for the interaction between the actual and the imagined to understand the development of the contemporary media landscape. This is, in the end, a critical practice, but it should be inspired by a utopian impulse - the desire for a less hazardous future than the present we currently live in. Without this, the archaeology of imaginary media is in danger of becoming a nihilistic enterprise...

More information on Eric Kluitenberg


Thursday 26

9.30-10.30 projectroom
Questions & Answers & Discussion between students and Eric Kluitenberg on yesterday's lecture, moderated by John Heymans.

11.00-17.00 projectroom
Introduction to the ungoing 2006-2007 DAI public-project

The project aims to investigate temporal, spatial and cultural in-between spaces and to develop work to fit into the fabric of the public domain.
The project will be run by Florian Göttke (1965, Germany) an Amsterdam based artist with an autonomous approach towards art production for the public domain.
This meeting will give you a rough overview of the Dutch public space 'traditions and scenes' as well as some insight in one of Florian Göttke's current projects. After this introduction students are invited to commit themselves to working together with Florian Göttke on public space projects for the rest of the year - or not.

Lunch in the canteen

DAI-dinner in the canteen

19.30-21.30 projectroom
A space for ad hoc-projects on knowledge production in the context of artistic practice.

Lecture presentation by Deepa Naik on Sounding Difference - The Gate collection, 2006.
This lecture prepares you for a collective DAI visit to Academy. Learning from the Museum in the van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven on Friday 27.

Deepa Naik was born in 1976 in London.
She is an educator, artist, curatorial assistant at the Art Gallery of Ontario and curatorial assistant to Irit Rogoff at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmith's College, Londen.
She is also a friend of DAI-alumnus Tracey Prehay and contributed a text to Prehay's DAI-graduation publication.

Responsible for one of the current projects in Academy. Learning from the MuseumIrit Rogoff and Deepa Naik are working with the collection of the Gate Foundation (a Dutch state funded library and collection of videoworks by artists who are of other, non-European, cultural heritages). Sounding Difference is an installation and film project that initially decanted the entire Gate Collection from the crates it has been housed in during the transfer to the museum.
Deepa Naik will elaborate on questions on how to actualise its contents without reverting to outmoded practices of 'representing the other'.


Friday 27

8.30 SHARP Departure by bus from Enschede to Eindhoven.
The bus will pick up people at the DAI as well as at the house at Kremersmaten.

Deepa Naik will take all students to Academy. Learning from the Museum" at the van Abbemuseum. She has organised a tour of the space by Kerstin Niemann, a guest curator from Germany who has worked closely on the project. She has also arranged for all students to join in on an event in the yourspace/IFU: 24/7 Is Just The Beginning room with Marten Spangberg.

TAKE NOTICE : the DAI will take care of entrance fees for the museum but not for your lunch. The bus will return to Enschede immediatly after delivering you at the entrance of the museum.
At the end of the day everybody has to catch a train for the place where he or she needs to go that evening. Tickets back to Enschede will be refunded.



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

From October 13 till November 12
The Veemvloer and the ZET foundation present
An exhibition on the relation between representation and identity with video works,installations and photographs by Abu Ali-Toni Serra (E/Ma), Brahim Bachiri (Fr/Ma), Ineke Bakker (NL), Abdelghani Bibt (Ma), Mohamed Bouyzgarne (NL/Ma), Wineke Gartz (NL), Maria Karim (Ma), Jeroen Kooijmans (NL), DAI-alumnus Mallah E.M. (NL/Ma), Fatima Mazmouz (Fr/Ma), Marjolijn v/d Meij-Arianne Olthaar (NL), Younes Rahmoun (Ma) as well as video's by students from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Casablanca.
Curator: Alite Thijsen (connected to the DAI as the co-ordinator of Here as the Centre of the World)
Part of the project is an evening (20 oktober 19.00) with presentations by 3 artists, Anja Masling (NL/D), Jose Miquel Biscaya (NL/P), DAI-alumnus Teresa Borasino (NL/Peru) preceeded by a conversation between Majid Seddati, artistic director FIAV, Casablanca and Theus Zwakhals, Dutch Institute for Media Art-Montevideo/TBA;
DE VEEMVLOER, Van Diemenstraat 410, Amsterdam