DAI-bulletin 2006-2007 number eight April 2007

This is the eight issue of the monthly DAI-bulletin in the academic year 2006-2007, informing you about our program, about important dates and events.

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.

Lectures are open to the public, be it only upon reservation: dutchartinsitute@ArtEZ.nl.



Monday April 16
Take notice: count on extra travel time to Enschede due to delays on the rails between Almelo – Hengelo – Enschede.

Second year students to Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem for graduation publication, tutored by Maureen Mooren.

14.00 First year students: Walter Benjamin-seminar
John Heymans will discuss Walter Benjamin’s famous essay ‘The Work of Art in the Age of mechanical Reproduction’: http://bid.berkeley.edu/bidclass/readings/benjamin.html

19.00 Dinner at DAI

20.00 Local Heroes – Lecture
John Heymans will talk to the artist Arno Kramer.

Arno Kramer lives and works in Broekland, a small village in the Eastern part of Holland. For quite a few years he has teached at the AKI Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede, Holland. Since 1995 Kramer has participated in several Artist in Residence programmes in Ireland. His work has been previously exhibited in Holland, England, USA, Germany, Sweden and Ireland. Next to this he has curated a lot of shows, particularly exhibitions of drawings, among others in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. The most important show curated by him is: ‘Into Drawing – Contemporary Dutch Drawings’. It has been presented in the City Gallery of Art (Limerick), CODA Museum (Apeldoorn) and Institut Néerlandais (Paris) and more to follow. Arno Kramer publishes on the visual arts and also writes poetry.

Tuesday April 17
9.30-10.30 Coffee-meeting between students and Gabriëlle Schleijpen in the canteen.

10.30 The private eye: studiovisits
Hans van Houwelingen
Tiong Ang
Rebecca Sakoun
John Heymans

From 14.30 onward also studiovisits by Annie Fletcher (see Wednesday-morning)

18.30 Dinner at DAI

20.00 Lecture Folkert de Jong
Folkert de Jong creates chaotic figurative scenes using polyurethane foam and paint. His works convey an uncanny and dreamlike quality where the perverse collides with the familiar.

Previous installations by de Jong, such as The Iceman Cometh (2001) have been influenced by artists such as George Grosz, Otto Dix and James Ensor in evoking both humour and violence. Through exploring the more disruptive and disturbing side of the unconscious de Jong’s sculptural characters appear at times brutal, playful, mutilated, hybridised, power-crazed or deranged.

De Jong is fascinated by the way in which some people can be consumed by obsession. He immerses himself in imagining the thoughts and motives of existing or fictitious characters: witch hunters, religious maniacs, political fanatics, militarists and serial killers. He investigates and reconstructs the manner in which these people mark their environment with language, signs, symbols and rituals.
Many of his sculptural figures have limbs missing and are situated in a curious world of symbolic props, also made from styrofoam, including industrial pallets, a legless horse, radiators and junk food detritus.

De Jong’s works metaphorically explore the fragile barrier that separates security from chaos and play from violence. His chosen materials are skillfully manipulated to convey this sense of fragility while emphasising the gravity and disruptive power of what he shows us unfolding nightmarishly in his work.

Folkert de Jong was born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands in 1972. He attended the Academy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam and the Rijksacademy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam and has held residencies in New York, the Netherlands, Norway, France and India. In 2003 de Jong was a finalist for the Prix de Rome for sculpture.

Wednesday April 18
9.30-11.00 Lecture Annie Fletcher
Be[com]ing Dutch in the Age of Global Democracy
Be[com]ing Dutch is a two year project developed both inside and outside the Van Abbemuseum, which consists of debates, reading groups, artist’s projects, exhibitions, residencies, and forms of collective participation and production.
The concept behind Be[com]ing Dutch in the Age of Global Democracy is to move the agenda of multiculturalism on from notions of toleration and difference towards building a shared but agonistic democracy on the cultural level through the use of one of the few remaining public sphere institutions left to us – the museum.
Given the van Abbe Museum’s collection and status as a city museum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Be[com]ing Dutch will seek to connect the more abstract discourse to specific local phenomena. This includes the history of Dutch colonisation in Indonesia, Surinam and elsewhere as well as the presence of Turkish, North African and growing Central and Eastern European communities in the area. The project will seek to include people from these communities and to work directly in peripheral areas where they tend to live in more concentrated numbers. Concentrating on the local also permits to look at the indigenous Dutch communities in Eindhoven, and to attempt to involve those groups who are traditionally less involved in the museum as well. The Van Abbemuseum will therefore be forced to research and learn about its own local community for arguably the first time since the days of Jean Leering’s directorship.
Annie Fletcher is an independent critic and curator who lives and works in Amsterdam. Be[com]ing Dutch is developed by Charles Esche and Annie Fletcher and others in- and outside the Van Abbemuseum.
The project Be[com]ing Dutch by the Van Abbemuseum has been awarded the Development Award for Cultural Diversity 2006 by the Mondriaan Foundation.

11.00 The private eye: studiovisits
Sergio Basbaum
Rik Fernhout
John Heymans

18.30 Dinner at DAI

20.00 Halfway Lecture by Sergio Basbaum
Sergio Basbaum will present a lecture called: ‘Consciousness and Perception; the Point of Experience and the Meaning of the World we Inhabit’.

Sérgio Roclaw Basbaum, PhD. is a jazz musician (player, composer and arranger) who has made his graduate studies in Cinema (Universidade de São Paulo - USP) and concluded his post-graduate studies at in the Comunication and Semiothics Program in Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). His master dissertation (1999) has focused on the quest for synesthesia in arts; his doctorate thesis discusses perception in digital environments in a broader sense, starting from Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception, expanded by a dialogue with the contemporary anthropology of senses from Constance Classen and David Howes, put in a dialogue with approaches Vilém Flusser, Martin Heidegger, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Benjamin and others have offered on the problems of technology and its relation to meaning and perception.

From this matrix, his current work investigates topics around the intercrossings of perception, art and technology, targeting a comprehensive view of questions of aesthesis in digital culture. In this landscape, perception and its relations with production of meaning, perception and language, perception and power, perception and technology etc. emerge in very a particular view.

Presently, Basbaum teaches at Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) and Universidade Anhembi-Morumbi (UAM) and prepares a presentation for the II Congresso Inrternacional de Sinestesia, Ciência e Arte -- in Granada, Spain, next May (http://www.sinestesia2007.info/). He has published a book on synesthesia (Sinestesia, arte e tecnologia. São Paulo: Editora Annablume/FAPESP, 2002) as well as published and/or presented several papers dealing with such topics he's been working with.

Thursday April 19
9.30 Evaluation & Discussion on the Halfway Lecture
John Heymans will discuss the most important theoretical notions of the Halfway Lecture with the visiting speaker Sergio Basbaum.

11.00 IN BETWEEN SPACE – Maarten de Reus
Evaluation and further planning of The Expanding Pie a project by the Dutch Art Institute for Kunsthuis Syb.

18.00 Dinner at DAI

19.00 IN BETWEEN SPACE lecture by Maarten De Reus
After the lectures on Economy and Art History, Economy and Abundance and Economy and Globalism Maarten de Reus will talk about Economy in the Artists Studio:
- efficiency and 'spiritual ergonomics'
- why do artist linger
- booms & recessions in the artist practice
- crash!
- push and pull markets
- the economy of need
- the loss of the artist as the embodiment of ‘free will’.
- screening of the BBC documentary The Century of the Self.

Friday April 20
Morning: presentations Diyarbakir by Machteld Aardse, Chris Meighan, Bani Bannwart, Meiyu Tao, Anna Korteweg, Astrid Marit and Kamila Szejnoch.
Afternoon: preparatory meeting workshop Enschede
With guests that will talk about the Lipperkerkstraat and Roombeek.

This day will be tutored by Rik Fernhout and Alite Thijsen.



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


Students, Mentors and Staff of the Dutch Art Institute are invited to an exhibition of project proposals for the A1 Motorway and a screening of the film "Breukvlak" directed by DAI alumnus Julian H. Scaff and produced by Jeroen van Westen. "Breukvlak" is a film that weaves real documentary with fictional storytelling to explore weaving faults in the landscape of the A1 motorway, and ideas for possible solutions.
Time: 5 April, 2007 at 17:00
Location: Tauw, Handelskade 11, Deventer

DAI mentor Sylvie Zijlmans participates in De Ontdekking van de Traagheid (The Discovery of Inertia). This exhibition focuses on the borders between photography and film.
The other artists: Job Koelewijn, Raymond Taudin Chabot, Gabriel Lester, Persijn Broersen en Margit Lukacs, Jeroen Kooijmans, Eelco Brand, Oliver Boberg, Anouk De Clercq, Barbara Visser, Hans Op de Beeck, Martijn Veldhoen, Philippine Hoegen, Lon Robbé, Ine Lamers, Matt Calderwood, Dan Geesin, Arno Nollen, Paul Kooiker, Dorcas Müller, Marjan Teeuwen, Paulien Oltheten, Meiro Koizumi, Idan Hayosh, Michal Butink, One Minutes Sandberg Instituut.
Opening: Saturday April 14 at 17.00
Open: April 13 - May 20 2007
Friday – Sunday from 13.00 - 17.00
KW14, Waterstraat 16, 's-Hertogenbosch

Screening of two movies by DAI alumnus Julian Scaff in the Scheltema Kunstfestival in Leiden (from 20-22 April). Julian will be presenting two movies in the art exhibition: "Tecopa" (2006) and "Genomatica" (with DAI alumnus Vitto Valentinov, 2005).
On Sunday, 22 April at 14.00 Julian will also be giving a short lecture titled "The American Gunfighter as Hero/Antihero."
Scheltema in Leiden: www.scheltemacomplex.nl.
And a PDF of the program: www.scheltemacomplex.nl/usr-data/downloads/s5_programma.pdf
Juilan Scaff: www.zoopraxiscope.com