"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).
“.................... “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 The Kitchen presentations & The Question by the invited, monthly changing guests, each student is furthermore offered one intensive and entirely personal advisory session (face to face) with either Hypatia Vourloumis or Quinsy Gario ( the sessions will start in November in Oldebroek and online).
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.
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.
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.
May 2021 - ONLINE
14:00 - Presenter: Laura Dubourjal
14:00 - Presenter: Rhodé Visser
14:00 - Presenter: Isabelle Weber
Respondents: Dr Giulia Damiani and ......
COMING UP June & July 2021: PAF, St. Erme
Presentations by: Alexandra Duvekot, João Polido Gomes, Lissy Willberg, Mia van den Bos, Raul Silva, Gabriela dos Santos, Rosa Ronsdorf, Lacey Verhalen, , Marilú Mapengo Namoda, Hubert Gromny, Flip Driest, Miguel Ferráez, Litchi Friedrich,Ilgin Akseloglu, Derek di Fabio, Hannah Jones, Rene Landspersky, Ioana Lupascu, Iga Świeściak, Georgia Stellin, Clara Winter, Zane Zajančkauska, Azul De Monte, Dandelion Eghosa, Artúr van Balen, Morena Buser, Miyoung Chang, Mirjam Steffen, Laura Dubourjal, Jan Pieter ‘t Hart, Maud Gyssels, Michael Fischer, Maoyi (Peixuan Qiu), Niccolò Masini, Kari Rosenfeld, Mayar Alexan, Raffia Li, Marie Tučková́, Vera Mühlebach, Elvis Krstulović, Laura te Zeldam, Felix Bahret, Nash Caldera, Elisa Giuliano, Csilla Klenyanszki, Marika Vandekraats, Sophie de Serière, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Anna Piroska Tóth, Cristina Emmel, Eli Witteman & Marie Tučkova & Lou Lou Sainsbury (catch-up presentation 2019-2020)
The line up is currently under construction.
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
May 9 ONLINE
17:00 - Presenter: Izaro Ieregi Gonzalez
Thursday 19 November
Location: Buitencentrum, Oldebroek
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.
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)