2019-2020 COOP SUMMIT

Six COOP study groups share their research with the extended DAI family: incoming and returning.


(scroll for the introductions to each specific presentation) 

Beginning September 28 and lasting for three more consecutive evenings, the Dutch Art Institute a.k.a. DAI Roaming Academy a.k.a. DAI Art Praxis presents COOP SUMMIT 2020: a lighter version of DAI’s annual polymorphic event around the outcome of the year-long enquiry by our COOPs: study groups positioned at the heart of the DAI’s curriculum. In the academic year 2019-2020, six COOPs, convened by 6 partnering institutions or collectives have called for active participation of both students and tutorial teams in collective and collaborative, imaginative, un-disciplined trajectories.

After initial landings in Nieuwvliet, Epen and Tunis, the pandemic forced us to resort to a temporal anchoring online, followed by a series of small scale, provisional dockings per group, in Berlin, Amsterdam and Arnhem.  DAI’s soft spaceship now returns to Radio Kootwijk where we hope to wind up a turbulent and at times very difficult but nevertheless prolific year of study by sharing our findings between the different COOPs as well as with incoming students. 

With respect to Radio Kootwijk’s COVID-19 regulation in line with Dutch Governement policies and DAI’s COVID-19 protocol, we are unfortunately unable to host the general public and so to our regret we cannot welcome you in our midst.

That said: we are eagerly looking forward to offer you glimpses of all COOP presentations on our Instagram page, soon to be followed by an in-depth COOP SUMMIT 2020 reflection written by Janine Armin and to be published by OPEN! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain – our 2019-2020 media partner.

Monday, September 28

19:30 – 20:30 - There is no image, and there is no time. There is only you inhabiting all dimensions

20:45 – 21:45 - Performing the Living )) (( Living the Performing Reconnecting with Cycles

Tuesday, September 29

19:30 – 20:30 - Reality Settings

20:45 – 21:45 - Nevertheless {Sotto Voce}

Wednesday, September 30

19:30 – 20:30 - It doesn’t have to taste good to be affective.

20:45 – 21:45 - HUNTALLLOGIC

PRESENTERS (in order of appearance)

1. Curating Positions: Location In Reverse - Care For a Place Through the Cinematic Lens

Tutor Team: Marwa Arsanios, Leon Filter, Leire Vergara. Student participants: Sara Benaglia, Maxime Gourdon, Dorothy Hunter, Iva Kovač, Niccolò Masini, Azul De Monte, Zoi Moutsokou, Kari Rosenfelt, Georgia Stellin, Zane Zajančkauska. Partner: Bulegoa z/b

Study Group Curating Positions: Location In Reverse - Care For a Place Through the Cinematic Lens presents

There is no image, and there is no time. There is only you inhabiting all dimensions

Working with our various proximities, this part-performance, part-audio installation considers the digital place, which we constantly inhabit or in which we are constantly embedded as a necessity of production and communication. With a focus on the limits of liveness, languages, feedback and the enactment of online connection, the “film-less film” is stripped of image-sound hierarchy. This has long been entrenched by the cinematic, and has subsequently aided the privileging of the image in online space. With the image stripped away, can we care for the digital space, and ourselves within it, better? How can we create a non-linear digitality?

This work draws from diffusive chain conversations, made over several weeks, responding to ideas about care for a place while inhabiting the digital space. Engaging with the realities of the working arenas that are predominantly digitised in the pandemic, we are in search of paths between the physical, the digital, and representations of both.

2. Performing the Living )) (( Living the Performing Reconnecting with Cycles

Tutor Team: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Arlette-Louise Ndakoze. Student participants:Jose Iglesias Ga-Arenal, Flip Driest, Hubert Gromny, line kramer, Rosa Ronsdorf, Nine Postma, Gabriela dos Santos, Raul Sebastian Silva, Anna Piroska Tóth, Hasan Özgür Top. Partner: SAVVY Contemporary. 

Performing, mirroring, listening and resonating with memories and images of distant times. Directing our gaze into the past and perceiving it as a possible future— also as another kind of present. Multiple temporal cycles can exist at the same time. How do we stay connected in proximity to each other if we are in constant distance and separation?

In the attempt to connect we stay the same even though we are different

These connections have multiplicities that we celebrate, transmitting each other's frequencies. These connections have multiplicities that affect us.
These connections have multiplicities that can operate over us (undertow-ing us).

Disconnections can also form a base for these connections.

Our dynamics are like sounds, clouds floating, the light and darkness changing,
changing the atmosphere organically, not man-made but more grown into something, like a new language. A new language as a strange organic being.

How can we summon/evoke different places and perspectives in just one space? How can we create intimacy which would nourish the difference?

It is like a conversation, that one.

Everything is related to constructions. What type of knowledge is built by whom? And how does this affect the way we strive for connection? How can we cross these limits? What is being deconstructed? What has been healed?

3. Reality Settings: Art, Biology & Computation

Tutor Team: Aslak Aamot Kjaerulff, Bjarke Hvass Kure, Jenna Sutela. Student participants: Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu, Sepideh Behrouzian, Alexandra Duvekot, Assem Hendawi, Gayatri Kodikal, Konstantin Mitrokhov, Harun Morrison, Mandus Ridefelt, Wilf Speller, Erato Tzavara. Partner: DIAKRON

Study Group Reality Settings: Art, Biology & Computation presents

Reality Settings

The Reality Settings: Art, Biology & Computation COOP has been an explorative research process involving encounters with several types of academic, artistic, technological, and scientific practices. Our idea was to expand the research beyond the field of art and art education. During the COOP, it has been carried out in dialogue with guests working in the areas of biology, anthropology, science fiction, live action role-playing, somatics, psychedelics, philosophy of technology, ecological engineering, and the history of experimental practices. The guests invited by the tutor team included Federico Campagna, Sam Hart, Eduardo Kohn, Lars Bang Larsen, Mark Nelson, Susan Ploetz, Elvia Wilk, and Britt Wray. 

The term ‘reality settings’ refers to the conditioning factors that produce existence, be that methods in a laboratory, rules in (computer) games, feedback mechanisms in an ecosystem, background conditions of a science fiction world, religious lore, or biochemical alterations by psychedelics. During the year, the concept has been stretched in several directions at once. It has been discussed, tested, criticised, discarded, and taken up again. Ultimately, it has served as a springboard, rather than a strict framework, for the COOP's working groups.

During the 10 months of research, the conditions for our existence have changed. A virus is thriving in the human population. Spreading through the infrastructures and flows that make up social institutions, this non-human agent has given shape to new realities across life, work, and governance, striking many chords with the theme of the COOP. The virus has also changed the environments in which we study, moving communal activities to digital space. Practically this means that much of this year's energy has gone towards reproductive labor such as institutional politics, reorienting collective attention, and developing online educational processes.

Reflecting our contemporary reality settings, the outcomes of this COOP will be presented on a custom website realized together with Rasmus Svensson (PWR Studio).


4. Sotto Voce: Tactics, Signals and Slips of Desire

Tutor Team: Sara Giannini, Geo Wyeth, Arnisa Zeqo. Student participants: Mayar Alexan, Raphael Daibert, Francesca Hawker, Risa Horn, Rong Raffia Li, Anastasia McCammon, Lea Rüegg, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Sophie de Serière, Marie Tuckova, Matthew Wang. Partner: If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.

Study Group Sotto Voce: Tactics, Signals and Slips of Desire presents

Nevertheless {Sotto Voce}

Here in this building is where it happened, and an investigation froths FM. We found it in splits, the hit from the open mouth, now we’re swallowing currents.  What colors? All the green and black, with pink glowing light pouring from the next room. Under the other room.. Bending waves that depend on bodies.  Did you forget what was inside the box?  It’s buried somewhere on the outs.  Out under flatlands, 1 meter hits water, throw a penny down to see it bounce.  The attempts at friendship antennae towards a new world calling.  Fucking with the build, we are gonna sing to scratch the bricks, leaving signs like somebody’s grandma from a lost star.  Healing is about soggy dreams, underwater attire, housed in situ, tu tuition falls away to intuition, listen.

Springs gone bust tour guide with trust issues welcomes you.

Score transmitted via headphones.

Take care everyone.

5. All about my mother

Tutor Team: Sepake Angiama, Nina bell F. Student participants: Mia van den Bos, Saskia Burggraaf, Dayna Casey, Emma de Filippo, Litchi Friedrich, Jiatu Gu, Csilla Klenyanszki, Flávia Palladino, Anakin Xersonsky. Partner: Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons

Study Group All about my mother presents

It doesn’t have to taste good to be affective.

A constellation of cooking methods; each one dedicated to a score devised together from our collective study over the past year. We have been exploring collective cooking to undo our patriarchal instituting knowledge but also not immediately reach for the binary opposite. What would happen if we would peel off the concept of property from home and family? If we would squeeze the juice out and compost the peel? If our bodies would sweat out salt to mix with the juice and the herstories of our kin? Then stir this bittersweet brew and leave it to infuse.

Will you be there to drink it? Will we be able to share it with you?

Ingredients: distributed care, chamomile/turmeric/anise/mint/salt/cloves, rest, water, bitters, pomegranate, care planning, more bitters, access intimacy, pepper, spice/pleasure/pain/heat/blushing, soda, minor gestures, all about our m/others and their mothers, and more bitters

It doesn’t have to taste good to be affective is a project that manifests from the All about my mother COOP study group in partnership with Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht, NL), co-tutored by Sepake Angiama and Nina bell F. (in this instance Staci Bu Shea, Binna Choi, and Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide). Guest tutors include Mari Pitkänen, Georgia Lucas-Going, Clare Butcher, Ying Que, Annette Krauss, Aziza Harmel, Elyes Lariani, with contributions by Anastasia McCammon and Pitchaya Ngamcharoen.

6. CHUSMA: a dirty editorial

Tutor Team: Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Francesc Ruiz. Student participants: Vita Buivid, Miguel Ferraez, Hannah O’Flynn, Julian Fricker, Giorgos Gripeos, Marc Norbert Hörler, Francisco Mojica, Ian Nolan, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Zachary Schoenhut, Clara Winter. Partner: State Of Concept. 

Study Group CHUSMA: a dirty editorial presents


Tavi L. is one of those slippery superstars whose appearance is announced by swarms of directionless  groupies — except for the fact they are never actually present. Maybe they slipped into the backstage, onto somebody else’s stage, into the crowd, or just somebody’s old drink. Like an unfamiliar lip gloss stain on your t-shirt or a vague after-party beat: it is a mysterious appearance that announces itself in the morning but you don’t seem to recall.

Magnetised by Tavi L.’s incomprehensible aura, The Sober Li(s)p, Sir Cluesia, Tear-Some, Glownorrhea, Fe-Sis, The Body Builder, The Chusmographer, Kare(n)tin, The Shine, Mud, The Glossary, M. and Late-X have found each other through the labyrinths of the fandom forums as zealous groupies of the impenetrable artist. In a fanatic calling, they join forces to follow the musician’s traces to Barcelona, where they assume they might find some more clues about the idol in a collectively forecasted unannounced secret concert. The main leak for this grand discovery was Tavi L.’s Christmas special album release: When are we getting to Barcelona, Miss Rona? What the groupies were not expecting was Tavi L.’s prophetic super-powers: their trip was to become an epic failure through the meddling of Tavi’s controlling manager, Miss Rona. This eventually meant that the gang never arrived to the Mediterranean city. Hearsay has it that the album’s title was a call for help by the artist, which further enticed the hysterical fans to save the super-star from the claws of their manager.

While continuing with their odd-yssey of a-tavic search, the Chusmographer intercepts some radio signals that sound like an after-party remix of what could possibly be Tavi L.’s much awaited album: Hunt All Logic. The songs seem haunted by the reality of their own search for the artist, becoming a gigantic matryoshka doll reality, in which searching for Tavi L. starts to look more and more like looking for themselves. In their determined chase of those evasive signals, they end up in this old colonial radio station somewhere in the Dutch forest. Puzzled at what it means to have arrived in this ghostly colonial monument, the ardent search begins to collapse. Somewhere in the distance, Tavi L.’s waves are being translated into sticky beats, still ungraspable.



Senior coordinator COOP: Nikos Doulos 

Co-ordinator facilities | technical support : Peter Sattler

Documentation : Baha Görkem Yalim

Communication design : Lauren Alexander & Hanna Rullmann

Media partner : Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain


Host : Radio Kootwijk

Artistic director: Gabriëlle Schleijpen