2020-2021 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 (this year the sessions are conducted online).

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, presented in synergy with the DAI' Roaming Assembly, curated by sonsbeek20-24. First year students will be working towards their end of year Kitchen presentations, the presence of all the DAI’s theory-tutors.

Each DAI-week, during the days after their Kitchen presentation, each of the students who 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 hundreds of 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 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. 

2020-2021 Schedule 

COMING UP August 2021: Posttheater, Arnhem

UNDERSTORY CHANT ~ aeroponic acts 2021 ~ 24 conversations-in-a-form, invigorated by sonsbeek20-24. 

COMING UP October 2021

Elisa Giuliano                                                                                                                                                          


August: online

catchup KITCHENS for those second year students who were not present at PAF in July

August 9

Respondents: Dina Mohamed & Werker Collective


11:00 Gabriela dos Santos

12:00 Litchi Friedrich

13:30 Zane Zajančkauska

11 August

Respondents: Dina Mohamed & Werker Collective


14:00 Csilla Klenyanszki

15:00 Marie Tučkova & Lou Lou Sainsbury

12 August

Respondents: Dina Mohamed & Werker Collective


12:00 Mia van den Bos

13:00 Alexandra Duvekot & Rosa Ronsdorf

July: PAF, St. Erme

Thursday 22

Respondents: Manuela Moscoso & Taylor Le Melle


10.00-10.40 Raffia Li

10.40-11.20 Flip Driest

11.20-12.00 Cristina Emmel

12:00-12:40 Raul Silva

12:40-14:00 LUNCH

14:00-14:40 Sophie de Serière  

14:40 – 15:20 Anna Piroska Toth

15:20 – 16:00 Marilú Mapengo Namoda

16:00 - 16:20 BREAK

16:20 – 17:00 Jan Pieter ‘t Hart

17:00 – 17:40 Georgia Stellin/Ilgin Akseloglu                    

17:40 – 18:00 BREAK

18:00 – 18:40 Mayar Alexan/Niccolò Masini

18:40 – 19:20 Hannah Jones 

19:20 – 20:00 Derek Di Fabio

20:00 DINNER

Friday 23

Respondents: Manuela Moscoso & Taylor Le Melle


10:00 – 10:40 Iga Świeściak 

10:40 – 11:20 Elvis Krstulović 

11:20 - 12:00 Lacey Verhalen

12:00-12:40 Vera Mühlebach

12:40-14.00 LUNCH

14:00-14:40 Niccolò Masini / Mayar Alexan                                   

14:40-15.20 Kari Rosenfeld                                          

15:20-16.00 Nash Caldera                                           

16:00-16:20 BREAK

16:20-17:00 Ioana Lupascu

17:00-17:40 Michael Fischer

17:40-18:00 BREAK                                                    

18:00-18:40 Ilgin Akseloglu /Georgia Stellin                    

18:40-19:20 Clara Winter                                             

19:20-20:00 Azul de Monte

20:00 DINNER

June: PAF, St. Erme

June 8

Respondents: Egija Inzule,  Olivier Marboeuf

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Technical support: Peter Sattler, assisted by Risa Horn.

11:00 – 11:40 Marie Tučková́ 

11:40 – 12:20 João Polido Gomes

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 –  14:40 Marika Vandekraats

14:40 – 15:20 Felix Bahret

15:20 – 16:00 Eli Witteman

16:00 – 16:40 Dandelion Eghosa

BREAK 20 min

17:00 – 17:40 Laura ten Zeldam

17:40 – 18:20 Hubert Gromny

18:20 – 19:00 Miguel Ferraez

19:30 DINNER

June 7

Respondents: Egija Inzule,  Olivier Marboeuf

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Technical support: Peter Sattler

12.00 – 12.40 Lissy Wilberg

12.40  – 13.20 Lou Lou Sainsbury

13.20 – 14.20 LUNCH

14.20 – 15:00 Mirjam Steffen

15:00 -15:40 Maoyi (Peixuan Qiu)

15:40 – 16:20 René Landperski 

16:20 - 16:40 BREAK 

16:40 -17:20 Morena Buser

17:20 – 18:00 Maud Gyssels 

18:00 – 18:40 Artúr van Balen

18:40 – 19:00 BREAK

19:00 – 19:40 Miyoung Chang

20:30 - DINNER

19:40 – 20:20 Alexandra Duvekot and Rosa Ronsdorf

May 2021 - ONLINE  


17:00 - Presenter: Izaro Ieregi Gonzalez

Respondents: Dr Giulia Damiani, Jort van der Laan (DAI, 2011)

May 10

14:00 - Presenter: Laura Dubourjal

            Respondents: Dr Giulia Damiani, Olivia Abächerli (DAI, 2019)

May 12

14:00 - Presenter: Rhodé Visser

           Respondents: Dr Giulia Damiani and Mirjam Linschooten (DAI, 2017)

May 14

14:00  - Presenter: Isabelle Weber

             Respondents: Dr Giulia Damiani and Bethany Crawford (DAI, 2020)

Thursday 19 November

Location: Buitencentrum, Oldebroek

Respondents: Dina Mohamed, Aude Christel Mgba

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Kitchen under Covid Conditions: since Kitchen presentations often involve movement from the part of the audience we will have to limit the audience per presentation and we currently are creating an audience schedule. Per presentation students are free to SWOP their placement with another student. We trust that you will take care of this as students.Counting at the door ( per presentation) will however be strict. 

09:45 introduction

10:00 Alexandra Martens Serrano  

10:40 Krzysztof Bagiński

11:20 coffee break  

11:40 Sophie de Serière (catch-up presentation 2019-2020)

12:20 Chiara Pagano.

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH (eat at classrooms).

14:00 Nadja Henß  

14:40 Liza Rinkema 

15:20 Dakota Guo 

16:00 Tea break

16:30 Dylan Spencer-Davidson

17:10 Emmeli Person

17:50 – 18:30  velvet leigh

18:30 – 19:30 DINNER (eat at classrooms).


19:30 -20:10 Ian Nolan (online catch-up presentation 2019-2020)

20:10-21:00 line kramer (online catch-up presentation 2019-2020)