DAI Week nr. 1 October 2021 at Santuari de Lluc (Mallorca).
A NOTE CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF THE TAP WATER AT LLUC: ALL WATER FROM ALL THE ROBINETS AT LLUC COMES FROM A SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS CALLED PUIG FERRER - PEOPLE HERE AT LLUC HAVE BEEN DRINKING FROM THIS SPRING FOR MANY CENTURIES - IT IS CONSIDERED ABSOLUTELY SAFE.
For the very special occasion of this combined introduction & graduation week, we are to warmly welcome incoming, returning (now second year) students as well as DAI-generation 2019-2021 to whom we will bid farewell during our joint, temporary residence at Santuari de Lluc, in the Serra de Tramuntana on the Isle of Mallorca (Spain).
Annually, Santuari de Lluc, Mallorca's most holy site, hosts thousands of nature-lovers, ecologists & mountain-hikers, as well as an abundance of pilgrims venerating the statue of the Black Madonna or Mare de Déu (most famously during the 11 hour night walk in August, known as Lluc a Peu). On top of that ten-thousands of tourists simply come to visit and enjoy the awesome surroundings, historical buildings, ethnological museum and lovely, lush botanical garden with its around 200 indigenous plants from the Balearics. The Santuari's compound also accommodates a boarding school/choir school. Here live and learn Els Blauets, a world famous childrens choir that is very regularly performing in Lluc's church during the daily masses. Furthermore impossible to miss out on: an omnipresent collection of pretty peculiar figurative outdoor sculptures by the artist Joan Bennassar, a local celebrity.
Guesting (and hosting) at Lluc, means that we, DAI, will have to respect the core identity, and the mission of the place, centering around a concoction of ecology, spirituality and tourism in a Unesco protected, unique natural surrounding on an island that is hugely dependent on, as well quite deformed by, both international mass - as well as upmarket luxury tourism and the gentrification and colonization that comes along with that. Lluc's attempt to survive as a site of worship is tangibly corrupted by the pressures of our late-capitalist times. Presenting our artistic research at this mise en scène will both inspire as well as profoundly challenge us.
Speaking of the latter: we must urgently share a note here about the monastic rules and regulations: at 22pm it must be perfectly silent inside the building. From 23:00 onward absolute silence is also requested outside ~ in a quite wide circle around the build environment since the mountains amplify every voice and every footstep. We trust that we are in this together: keep in mind that the upcoming year will bring us landings in a variety of places, all with their local and institutional specificities. Sometimes we will retreat in silence and abstinence, while at other locations we will rejoice in exuberance.
DAI WEEK 1 ~ from September 30 to October 9, 2021 at Santuari de Lluc, Mallorca.
From October 1 till October 9th we round up, as good as we can, the academic year 2020-2021 (which has still very much been under the troubling and challenging sign of Covid-19) and proceed with the launch of our 2021-22 program including introductory presentations from our newly formed COOP tutorial teams. We renew and expand partnerships with 6 outstanding institutions; Bulegoa/zb ( Bilbao), Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht), If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), State of Concept (Athens) and finally newcomer as COOP partner: sonsbeek 20->24 (Arnhem).
The tutors and guests on board this month to contribute to the defining components of our program are as follows:
Gabriëlle Schleijpen , Florian Göttke, Rik Fernhout & the COUNCIL will introduce the incoming students to all things DAI. Gabriëlle Schleijpen & Margret Wibmer (standing in for Rik Fernhout) will be leading the Farewell Ceremony together with the DAI's crew and the entire student body 2021-2022.
COOP Study Groups:
Akinbode Akinbiyi, Marwa Arsanios, Clementine Edwards, Sagal Farah, Leon Filter, iLiana Fokianaki, Billy Fowo, Kamila Metwaly, Snejanka Mihaylova, Vera Morais, Ying Que, Francesc Ruiz, Rory Pilgrim, Sonsbeek 20->24 curatorial team, Leire Vergara, Nikos Doulos and more (tba).
The detailed day-to-day program for the entire week in Mallorca is to be found below.
PLEASE RETURN TO THE BULLETIN ON A DAILY BASIS AS THE SCHEDULE MAY BE UPDATED
FOR ALL DAYS COUNTS THAT LUNCHES AND DINNERS WILL BE SERVED & EATEN AT THE PICKNICK PLACE NEXT TO THE PARKING LOT - WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMITTING.
IF IT IS WET OUTSIDE WE WILL EAT AT THE BOTANICAL THEATRE.
IT IS UNDER NO CONDITION PERMITTED TO EAT THE FOOD PROVIDED BY OUR CATERER Açai Vegan Food AT ANY OTHER PART OF THE COMPOUND (this strict rule evolves from agreements made between Lluc's restaurant management with travel agency TUI).
SATURDAY October 9: departure all
DAI Week #1 Crew (making it all possible), present in Mallorca:
*senior program co-ordinator work spaces and technical production and support: Peter Sattler (DAI, 2016)
*culinary input by Açai Vegan Food
*Photo documentation: Baha Görkem Yalim (DAI 2018)
*Written report COOP SUMMIT 2021: Veronica Valentini
Students accommodation: Santuari de Lluc