DAI-bulletin 2002-2003 number four April 2003
Dear participants, visiting artists, members of staff and friends,
In 2003 DAI takes off 'on a slow boat to China'! This is the fourth issue of the monthly DAI-bulletin, informing you about our program, about important dates and events. Please, PRINT THIS TEXT and keep it with you as an extension to your diary. Meanwhile participants are strongly advised to not give up keeping a keen eye on the billboard in the canteen. Alterations in the program will be posted there as they used to be before.
DIARY APRIL 2003 FIRST SOME GENERAL INFORMATION
Due to a nasty healthproblem Noel Harding had to cancel his DAI-project that was scheduled for the first week of April. A personal message from him will be forwarded to you. I hope all of you will send him a gorgeous bouquet of e-mail flowers ! - We are working out a DAI-graduation show from the 11th or 12th of july onward. It will take place in Villa de Bank, the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and maybe an other place in or around Enschede as well. Be prepared for studiovisits by a curator in June. For the january-graduates we will have to organise other ways to show their work to the curator. We will keep you informed about the proceedings.
- Entitled' Dreams and Conflicts' an other Venice Biennale (huge and very informative international show on contemporary art) will be opened in June, lasting till November 2003. DAI has arranged for a touringcar and a not too expensive hotel on the Lido (beach area!). DAI-participants, visiting artists and guests can travel with us to Venice on the 12th of October. We will be back in the Netherlands on the 18th of October. More details and the costs involved will be forwarded to everybody after China. We thought it to be wise to inform you about this in an early stage, in order to prevent you from making unnecessary and expensive trips to Venice this summer. From now on it is allready very well possible to put your name on the list Hilly is keeping ! http://www.labiennale.org/
WEDNESDAY 2 CHINADAY IN THE CANTINA 11.00 AM
Lecture and presentation of works by Gerald van der Kaap, famous Dutch artist and VJ about his photo-project in Xiamen,China.
After his lecture Gerald can do three or four studiovisits. Please consult his website and send me an e-mail if you are interested in receiving him in your studio AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !
Rik Fernhout will continue his curatorial studiovisits in relation to the exhibitions in China.
THURSDAY 3 CHINADAY IN THE CANTINA In the morning studiovisits by Rik, Debra, Jos.
14.00 PM a lecture by ex DAI-student LinLin about her outlook on old and new Chinese Art.
15.00 PM Important Group discussion of progress on the DAI-NAI project.
- SARS update - Some unexpected developments as far as the funding of the project is concerned
- Planning of the workshops 16.30 PM East Wind West Wind A lecture and presentation by Bertien van Manen. A truly great photographer who creates intimate documentary photographs of people in cultures other than her own. Her style is molded by amazing lengths of time dedicated to living amongst her subjects. By learning local languages and devoting time to personal relationships and only using very simple camera's van Manen is able to gain access to places that would be inaccessible to a stranger with intimidating equipment and little time. East Wind,West Wind is a book with pictures she took in China since 1998.
FRIDAY 7 CHINADAY IN THE CANTINA 11.00 AM
Lecture 1 by Professor Barend J. ter Haar, renowned sinologist, teaching at Leiden University. "A short survey of Chinese history in the twentieth century" We will run through some of the main events in twentieth century Chinese history, but not without making some comments on ways of looking at these events in possibly unconventional ways (for those who are in the know: the May Fourth movement as a marginal event, the CCP in Yan'an as opiumfarmers, the bloody suppression of the Beijing Spring of 1989 as a point that did not China's opening up, and so forth).
14.00 PM Continuation of group discussion of progress DAI-NAI project.
- SARS update
- Planning of the workshops
16.00 PM Lecture 2 by Professor Barend J. ter Haar, renowned sinologist, teaching at Leiden University. "Did China have religion and what happened to it" Chinese intellectuals have often claimed and still do so today that China had little or no religion for the last few centuries. In this view it is assumed that Buddhism and Daoism were in decline for centuries and that the rest is not religion. Naturally all of this depends on one's definition of religion, hence I will discuss briefly how we could (should?) define "religion" and then apply this to China today.
WE WILL CONCLUDE THIS INTENSIVE DAY WITH DRINKS AND A DAI-STYLE ASIAN BUFFET. INFORMAL MEETING BETWEEN DAI AND NON-DAI CHINA TRAVELLERS.
MONDAY 7 ,TUESDAY 8, WEDNESDAY 9
Curatorial project by Jellichje Reijnders .
Participants: Shih-Ying Lin, Sujeewa Kumari, Dilys Leong, Ana Fernandez Demi Kanematsu, Ron Pront, Rongman Hong
THURSDAY 17, FRIDAY 18 The Reconstruction. Jellichje Reijnders project will end with a two-day 'Reconstruction' . All DAI- students will join the evalutions. Friday is the last part mandatory of our program before we leave for China on the 30th of April. Hilly, Ricardo and I will of course stay available for all your questions on practical matters.
So long, Gabriëlle Schleijpen Co-ordinator DAI --