DAI-bulletin 2006-2007 number three November 2006

This is the third 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 November 2006


Tuesday (October) 31
TRACER, an outside DAI-lecture programme on various locations (in addition to the monthly DAI-week). Tracer is run by John Heymans.
17.00 Artist talk by Simon Starling at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. www.de-ateliers.nl
20.00 Ralph Rugoff, curator, writer, and director of the Hayward Gallery in London gives a lecture on the work of Aernout Mik.
BAK Utrecht. www.bak-utrecht.nl


Tuesday 7
TRACER, an outside DAI-lecture programme on various locations (in addition to the monthly DAI-week). Tracer is run by John Heymans.
17.00 Artist talk by Saskia Olde Wolbers at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. www.de-ateliers.nl


No programme.


The monthly DAI-WEEK
This week the presence of all students is requested from Monday 11 AM till Friday 5 PM.



Monday 20

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 >

Alite Thijsen will present works by several artists from Diyarbakir where a group of DAI-students will participate in a workshop in March 2007.
Diyarbakir currently has a lively art scene and some of its representatives have shown their works at various biennals and other major shows in and outside Turkey.
Quote: ‘*ABES (A hmet (Ogut), B erat (Isik), E rkan ( Ozgen), S ener(Özmen), a term which means ‘ridiculous’, was coined by Sener Özmen to describe the density of artists from Diyarbakir, Turkey's largest Kurdish city. The term emphasizes commonalities of approach and not the regional geography of ethnicity. This is not to say, however, that issues of geography and ethnicity do not motivate these artists’.

Lunch in the canteen

Lucy Cotter is co-curator of Here as the Center of the World. She wrote the curatorial introduction to the project and today she will make you dive deep into the heart of the matter by means of a lecture followed by a discussion.

Lucy Cotter lectures in Art Theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and is currently doing doctoral research on postcoloniality and art curation at the University of Amsterdam.
She has worked in educational and organisational capacities in a number of European museums and galleries and has published internationally as an art critic- most recently as guest-editor of a special Irish edition of the London-based art journal Third Text, which Routledge will republish in book form this year.

18.00-19.00 DAI-dinner in the canteen.
Today's cook: Frans.

Guest lecture by Susan Youssef.
Representing the Other: Intimacy and Artistic Practice.

This lecture launches off from Edward Said's notion of Orientalism - as a sweeping generalization, a stereotype that crosses countless cultural and national boundaries - and proceeds into a discussion of on how to make work on the ‘Other’ in a way that speaks to both the marginalized community being represented and ‘Occidental’ audiences.
According to Edward Said, the West has created a dichotomy, between the reality of the East and the romantic notion of the Orient. The ‘Other’ in the Middle East and Asia are represented as backward and unaware of their own history and culture. To fill this void, the West has created a culture, history, and future promise for them.
Susan Youssef focuses on rejecting fear-based, assumptive thinking when working with marginalized communities and stepping outside of oneself into the Other. She presents on working with intimacy - her highly personalized, specific approach to concept, exercise, and representation. She shows clips of her films that she has made as an artist who is an outsider to the communities she represents in her work. She also screens clips of other widely distributed independent films, and discuss their alternative approaches.

Susan Youssef was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her films Las amigas bonitas, Forbidden to wander, and Marjoun and the flying headscarf have screened internationally, from venues such as Museum of Modern Art (New York), to the broadcast on ‘The Kitchen’ in Sarajevo. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands in 2005. Prior to filmmaking, Susan was a schoolteacher and journalist in Lebanon. She now lives in New York.


Tuesday 21

9.30-10.30 projectroom.
Meeting between course director Gabriëlle Schleijpen and students for Q & A's on all things DAI-ish.

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.

Staff members:
- Rik Fernhout, supervisor art practice.
- John Heymans, mentor theory.

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

Special Guests:
- Susan Youssef, artist from New York. See Monday.
- The artist duo Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson (born in Spain and Iceland) live and work in Rotterdam, and where their projects take them. They work from out of the idea and conviction that visual art, like other art forms, possesses the ability to communicate and transmit beyond borders of class, gender, culture, nations and time. In their playful-intuitive-conceptual-sensual-anarchic work, the artists explore every day life and society, often through working in-situ and in collaboration with people they meet and get involved with through the process as well as with other artists, lending the work an open and fluctuant character. Their varied body of work brings together interventions, sculptures, photographs, videos, open-ended projects and experiential relational environments, frequently disrupting and transgressing the conventional exhibition mechanisms, flowing into popular media (radio, tv and press) and public space.

DAI-dinner in the canteen.
Today's cook is Aditya.

20.00-21.30 projectroom
Lecture presentation by Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson


Wednesday 22

9.00-10.30 projectroom.
'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.'
The Voice as Object in Early Sound Cinema.
Yasco Horsman will talk about the intrusion of the voice in the two 'first' commercially released sound films: The Jazz Singer, a musical starring singer Al Jolson, and a Mickey Mouse short, Steamboat Willy, the first animated cartoon with sound. Both films are highly self conscious in the way they employ the new technology of sound cinema.
The story-lines of both Steamboat Willy and The Jazz Singer revolve around the voice. In both cases, the voice is not so much an organ of speech but is first and foremost used for singing, an activity which both films depict as slightly obscene and invested with an enjoyment that is rather anti-social. Horsman will point to the fact that the preoccupation with this singing voice leads both films to make a similar visual pun in which the voice is depicted as an object that has a certain autonomy with regard to the singing subject. In both cases the voice-as-object functions as a puncture that threatens to unravel the texture of the cinematic text (in The Jazz Singer) or a blur that distorts the film anamorphotically (in Steamboat Willy). Horsman argues that these puns point to the 'scandal' of the grammophone, an uncanniness at the heart of this technology. Read together, Steamboat Willy and The Jazz Singer demonstrate that cinema had relied on the dumbness of its silent phase for its coherence. The 'remediation' of the grammophone in early sound film, then, is revealing with regard to both media.

Yasco Horsman is assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Leiden University, where he teaches courses on literary theory, semiotics and gender. Prior to this, he taught at Columbia University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently preparing his dissertation Theaters of Justice: Arendt, Brecht, Freud (Yale University, 2004) for publication.

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.

Today visits by:

Staff members:
- Rik Fernhout, supervisor art practice.
- John Heymans, mentor theory.

Sylvie Zijlmans mentor to Pavlina Verouki, Dagmar Kriegesmann, Meiyu Tao, Daniëlle Davidson, Chris Meighan and Julien Grossmann.

Hans van Houwelingen mentor to Jolanda Jansen, Machteld Aardse, Kamila Szejnoch, Bani Bannwart, Tatia Skhirtladze and Nikos Doulos.

Please TAKE NOTICE: Tiong Ang, mentor to Iris Tenkink, Paula Bugni, Sónia Ribeiro, Kristiina Koskentola, Rana Hamadeh and Maciej Duchowski will NOT be present today.
He will visit his students on Monday December 18 in their studios at the DAI.

Special guests:
Yasco Horsman, theoretician
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, artists.

18.30 - 19.30 DAI-dinner in the canteen
Today's cook is Aditya.

20.00-21.00 projectroom
Questions & Answers & Discussion between students and Yasco Horsman on this morning's lecture, moderated by John Heymans.


Thursday 23

9.00-10.30 projectroom
A mandatory DAI seminar, exclusively for the students of the first year run by John Heymans.
The participants of this theoretical seminar have to read Arjen Mulder's book Understanding Media Theory (2004).

11.00-17.00 projectroom
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.

11.00-12.30 Lecture presentation by Lara Almercegui (To be confirmed or to be replaced by an other artist the public domain).

The artist Lara Almarcegui (Zaragoza, 1972) studied at de Ateliers in Amsterdam from 1997-1999. She lives and works in Rotterdam.

In general Almarcegui's projects and actions relate to spaces that are more or less outside the designed environment, such as buildings in a state of transformation, allotment gardens and wastelands.

12.30-13.30 lunch in the canteen

13.30 -17.00 Participants In Between Space will develop their own plans and concepts together with Florian Göttke.

13.30-17.00 Meiyu Tao, Iris Tenkink, Anna Korteweg and Nikos Doulos, who are NOT participating in In Between Space will have a private studio visit by Lara Almercegui or her replacement.

18.30-19.30 DAI-dinner in the canteen

20.00-22.00 projectroom
A space for ad hoc-projects on knowledge production in the context of artistic practice.
Lecture by Mirya Gerardu on her graduation project Ansichtsexemplar, in collaboration with Ella Hering. Unsatisfaction about the situation at the ‘Institut für Kunst im Kontext’, (Institue for Art in Context, a postgraduate institute of the University of Art, Berlin) was used as a starting point to redesign the academy and to use a printed magazine as a platform for critics.
Mirya Gerardu graduated in 2003 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Her graduation project was an intervention in a textile factory. She put the workers at the sewing machines, who were mainly female and from an migration background in the spotlight by printing their portraits on the labels. She continued her education at ‘Institut für Kunst im Kontext’, a postgraduate course of the University of Art Berlin where, together with Ella Hering and others, she organized the 'Flamingo conference'. The aim of this conference was to establish communication with international academies that likewise have a 'context concentrated' way of working.
She currently lives and works in Berlin.

Ella Hering has been working as a graphic-designer for 10 years. Recently she took part in the project Kraut, a 4-month-project by anschlaege.de, where artists worked as editors in a kiosk-like container travelling through all Germany to produce a daily newspaper with the people living in cities from Hoyerswerda to München.
Together with Mirya Gerardu, she worked on the idea how one could 'pimp up' the ‘Institut für Kunst im Kontext’. Together they offered a course as students to other students, held an inquiry survey to analyse the teaching staff and graduated with an extensive magazine criticizing the institute.


Friday 24

9.30 Projectroom
We'll come to complain
Today, Ella Hering and Mirya Gerardu will offer a workshop where you can learn how to see the study itself as an artistic process.
Questions such as:

What's wrong and what's right about the DAI?
Who is teaching and who is learning?
What would a perfect art school look like and how is the structure of an art school formed?
How could an entrance 'exam' work in a different way?

will be raised.

Ella Hering and Mirya Gerardu propose to make a one-day magazine as a group, about the ideal version of the DAI.
If you have one, bring your laptop and everything you think you could use for making a magazine. Also, make a nice list of complaints about your studies at the DAI.