2022-2023 KITCHEN

As an infrastructure Planetary Campus is the container for several activities initiated by the DAI, including the

(scroll for the schedule of the upcoming Kitchen)


"Let the museums remain empty and the pedestals bare. Let nothing be installed upon them. It is necessary to leave room for utopia regardless of whether it ever arrives. It is necessary to make room for living bodies. Less metal and more voice, less stone and more flesh." ~ Paul B. Preciado

“Orality…is inseparable from the body in movement.”
 ~ Édouard Glissant

During each regular DAI-week, one day is dedicated to acts, performances, screenings or presentations, or lecture-performances (recognized here as a longstanding unique discipline, a hybrid of research, lecture, visual art and performative narrative techniques) directed and steered by 11 (give and take) individual students (each month a different constellation of names). Each Kitchen Act of 20 minutes is authored by one student but may involve invited "others" as collaborators, assistants or audience-participants (please scroll for Basic Curatorial Guidelines).

The ‘Kitchen’ as an educational tool was coined in 2003 by DAI and molded and sculpted ever since (meanwhile the format has proliferated to many other educational institutions and programs).
The Kitchen-format offers students the possibility to present/ activate their work and research updates, proposals, experiments and other relevant or urgent musings, in a context that is independent from the other constituents of the curriculum. For DAI, as a roaming academy without studio spaces, this is the platform where "practice" in its broadest sense can be shared among the entire student body as well as with ‘outside’.
Embedded in a rigorous curriculum consisting of curated, collective study groups & theory seminars, the Kitchen offers each and every student a sheltered ‘free space’: for the duration of twenty uninterrupted minutes where they are invited to ‘speak’ to an audience consisting of all their fellow students, DAI’s director and famously, two or more, monthly changing guest respondents (invited makers and thinkers) as well as the occasional interested auditor (you are welcome to join a session (Covid permitting); please contact Rik Fernhout). 

The Question

“.................... “responsibility” is not about right response, but rather a matter of inviting, welcoming, and enabling the response of the Other. That is, what is at issue is response-ability: the ability to respond. The range of possible responses that are invited, the kinds of responses that are disinvited or ruled out as fitting re-sponses, are constrained and conditioned by the questions asked, where questions are not simply innocent queries, but particular practices of engagement.” (Free after Karen Barad, 2012).

To guarantee that each student can have the full 20 minutes for their act + 20 minutes for the responses to their act, the Kitchen comes with a quite strict protocol. Beginning their presentation with a carefully crafted key question, each student presents work/research by means of performance, talk, performance-lecture, screening, reading, recital, choreography, play, concert, demonstration, action, presentation of relevant aspects of praxis or work in progress or process, reference sets or, a combination of (some of) these formats. Other than the limits of the given time and space frame and some basic curatorial rules there are actually no restrictions to the content and the format of the presentation.
Following each presentation, in a conversational mode, the two invited respondents will try to engage with the presentation by means of an improvised, non-judgemental, raw, sketchy, tentative, spoken reflection, (roughly) guided by ‘the question’ as well as by the respondents' own concerns, interests and knowledges. 

The Basic Curatorial Guidelines

- Each presenter is, in principle, the curator-in-chief of their own Kitchen Act. This includes taking care of the well-being of the respondents and the audience during and also right after the presentation so that the feed back session can take place in a relatively comfortable setting. Chairs should always be made available to the respondents. The presenter has to take this in account while preparing the space. 

- If a Kitchen Act requests the active involvement and/or assistance of one or more fellow students or others present in the space, this should in all cases happen with explicit permission, requested at least one day prior to the event. The presenter should offer the collaborator(s) or assistant(s) a detailed plan for the 20 minutes and be very clear about the role that will be assigned to them.

- The safety of everybody in the room including the presenter, comes before anything else. It is in no way allowed to undertake any actions that can lead to causing (bodily nor mental) harm.

- Care should therefore also be invested in regard to violent or offensive content in speech, sound and/or visuals. If in doubt: seek advice from your fellow students, or the director, while preparing your Kitchen. 

- It is ok to request the physical engagement of the audience as a group, in a perfomance or other form of presentation, but only under the condition that those who prefer to not participate in a collective exercise or choreography or otherwise, should feel comfortable to step aside, without having to leave the space.

The Feed Back & the Finale

The feed back from the invited respondents is not be compared to the typical art school "crit". We are not interested in judgemental "opinions",  but we rather see the set up as a choreography for a conversation-in-a form, whereby the proposition of the presenter and their specific question invites our guests to reflect by means of an improvised response. 

Apart from the on-the-spot responses to presentations & question, from the part of the invited monthly changing guests, each student is furthermore offered one intensive and entirely personal advisory session (face to face) once per year, with either Hypatia Vourloumis or Quinsy Gario.

Please visits Hypatia's and Quinsy's schedule for individual meetings here.

The advises by Hypatia, Quinsy will be projected towards the final presentations in June. For second students this concerns their so-called AEROPONIC Acts. First year students will be working towards their end of year Kitchen presentations. 

Each DAI-week, during the days after their Kitchen presentation, each of the students that have been performing/presenting in that week will have an individual meeting of an hour with Gabriëlle Schleijpen, DAI’s director, initiator of the format, and witness to all presentations since the Kitchen's inception.
Departing from what has been expressed by means of someone's Kitchen Act, this specific conversation with the program's director can serve as a focussed moment for sharing any relevant personal questions, concerns, ideas and proposals in regard to art, research, life & DAI (in any desired order). The director is also the one who, upon graduation gives out the credits for the relevance, care, inventivity and acumen with which a student has managed to make use of this two year long trajectory which offers a platform to the multitude of distinctive voices within our student body. 

Important note for students: f2f meetings with Gabriëlle will sometimes overlap with the COOP studygroups.

Please find Gabriëlle's schedule for individual meetings here.

Last but not least: ‘Feed-Back’ is a student led format to prepare or to de-brief the Kitchen Acts. The sessions are held in small groups moderated by a student. Read more here.

The Camera 

During the year the regular Kitchens can be documented by the students themselves (DAI provides a camera) as a tool for reflection and learning whereby it is important to note that it is not allowed to make the responses by our guests public without their permission.

That said, the final first yer Kitchen presentations as well as the public event at the end of the two year study trajectory at the DAI, coined AEROPONIC ACTS  are filmed and the resulting video registration plus a written report by a guest writer form an integral part of the Kitchen-format. See also our Alumni Embassy. The AEROPONIC ACTS will take place in front of an audience ( Covid-19 permitting) and in case be live streamed. 

Schedule 2022-2023

For questions related to the curated line-up & invitations of guest respondents: g.schleijpen@artez.nl

For questions related to production: p.sattler@artez.nl 

For questions from prospective students or others wishing to attend: j.vanderspek@artez.nl

May 21& 22: the island Salina 

Hosted by: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Produced by: Peter Sattler 

Respondents: the participants in de Appel Curatorial Program 2023: Eugene Hannah Park EHP, Billy Fowo BF, Jean-Michel Mabruki Mussa JMMM, Marina ChristodoulidouMC, Meghana Karnik MK

MAY 21

13:20 - 14:00 Gleb Maiboroda 

Resp: EHP & MK

14:00 - 14:40 Gloria Sogl

Resp: BF & MC

14:40-15:20 Stephen McEvoy 

Resp: JMMM & EHP

15:20 -16:00 Gamze Öztürk

Resp: MK & BF


16:20 17:00 Seré 


17:00 -17:40 Daniël van der Giessen


17:40-18:20 Thamyres Matarozzi, 



18:40-19:20 Sille Kima


19:20 -20:00 Adriana A. Leanza


Back to Santa Marina Salina by Bus

20:45 Dinner in La Vela

MAY 22

8:00 - 10:00 Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 free time

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch by La Vela


Bus Santa Marina Salina to Malfa

Location: Sala Congressi in Malfa

Hosted by: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Produced by: Peter Sattler 

Respondents: the participants in de Appel Curatorial Program 2023: Eugene Hannah Park EHP, Billy Fowo BF, Jean-Michel Mabruki Mussa JMMM, Marina ChristodoulidouMC, Meghana Karnik MK

13:20 - 14:00 Ronja Sommer


14:00 -14:40 Gabriel Acevedo,


14:40-15:20 Lena Pfäffli, 


15:20 -16:00 Saverio Cantoni



16:20 17:00 Evija Kristopane 


17:00 -17:40 Claudia Medeiros


17:40-18:20 Clara & Julia von Schantz, 


18:40-19:20 Theresa Zwerschke.


19:20 -19:45 Wrap up 

Return to Santa Marina Salina by bus

20:30 Dinner in La Vela 



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