Kitchen 2020-2021

"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

Introduction

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 

July: PAF, St. Erme

July 11, 12, 13

(order not yet considered)

1. Anna Piroska Tóth

2. Gabriela dos Santos

3. Azul De Monte

4. Csilla Klenyanszki

5. Iga Świeściak

6. Elvis Krstulović

7. Michael Fischer

8. Marilú Mapengo Namoda 

9. Cristina Emmel

10. Litchi Friedrich

11. Hannah Jones

12. Elisa Giuliano 

13. Nash Caldera 

14. Raul Silva

15. Sophie de Serière

16. Lacey Verhalen

17. Zane Zajančkauska

18. Clara Winter

19. Mia van den Bos

20. Flip Driest

21. Derek di Fabio 

22. Alexandra Duvekot & Rosa Ronsdorf

23. Kari Rosenfeld

24. Jan Pieter ‘t Hart

25. Ilgin Akseloglu

26. Raffia Li

27. Niccolò Masini

28. Marie Tučkova & Lou Lou Sainsbury (catch-up presentation)

29. Ioana Lupascu 

30. Georgia Stellin

COMING UP August 2021: Posttheater, Arnhem

AEROPONIC ACTS - all second year students present for the fourth and final time with guest respondents from the context of Roaming Assembly 28/29 to be curated by sonsbeek20-24. Curated by Giulia Crispiani and co-curated by Gabriëlle Schleijpen.    

All first year students present for the second time with the HTDTWT-tutors as respondents                                                                                                                                                          

PAST

June: PAF, St. Erme

June 8

Respondents: Egija Inzule,  Olivier Marboeuf

Host: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Technical support: Peter Sattler, assisted by Risa Horn.

TODAY KITCHEN BEGINS IN THE GARDEN & CONTINUES IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Please note that we will not be live streaming the Kitchen ( that privilege is reserved for the AEROPONIC ACTS in August) - but ofcourse students can self-organize streaming from Facebook or other platforms. The same for documentation: there is camera that can be used by students to document presentations ( please take privacy in account and make sure those who are being filmed have agreed on dissemination). 

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

TODAY KITCHEN BEGINS IN THE GARDEN & CONTINUES IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Please note that we will not be live streaming the Kitchen ( that privilege is reserved for the AEROPONIC ACTS in August) - but ofcourse students can self-organize streaming from Facebook or other platforms. The same for documentation: there is camera that can be used by students to document presentations ( please take privacy in account and make sure those who are being filmed have agreed on dissemination). 

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  

May 9 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).

CONTINUATION KITCHEN ONLINE / NO AUDIENCE / ONLY CREW PRESENT !!!!!!

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

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