Seminar 4: 8 - 10 March 2023

Dear Unraveling the (Under-) Development Complex COOP,

We move with gratitude from our gathering during the Invocations programme at SAVVY Contemporary and invite you to listen, read and contemplate with us as move from eco-feminist acts of resistance in India in the 1970's, which feels particularly important to share on this 8th of March, to modes of (re-)formulating identity with Achille Mbembe and spirited projections into the future with our guest tutor Blick Bassy. This transition from our last session centered around fermentation in Nida, proposes a path in which we are informed by reactions to the (Under-) Development complex that work to protect our communion with nature and how resisting the machinations of the complex demands it to be viewed through different lenses that allow for new imaginaries to emerge and proliferate.

Our engagements will be paired with collective readings of Feminism without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty and How I became a Tree by Sumana Roy.

It is imperative that we continue to weave and tread the path forward together towards the final summit, so we will dedicate a full day to the proposal shared by one of our group members as a way of formulating and concretising our final project in order to dedicate the following DAI session almost in full to its realisation,

8th March


10:30 Film screening

After Lunch:

Reading of Feminism without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty and How I became a Tree by Sumana Roy followed by a prompt.

After Dinner:


Achille Mbembe on Nkata – On Afropolitanism

9th March

10:30 Morning and Afternoon sessions

Collectively student-led session centred on the proposal from Chloe and the response resource contribution from Cristina.

After dinner:

Production meeting – decisions to be made on-site and further details.

10th March

10:30 TBA

After lunch:


After dinner:

Reconvening for our own invocation


Seminar 2 & 3: 14 - 19 January 2023

Saturday 14th of January

10:00 - 13:00

Guest tutor: Piret Karro

Workshop: Race is an Economic Category

Karro’s workshop will be held in the form of a conversation with some visual waymarks that will introduce you to some notions to hopefully help us to arrive to where we are: Nida, Lithuania, the Baltics, Eastern Europe. We’ll then think about how to approach the issue of (under)development from this location.

14:00 - 19:00

Foraging: A contemplative forest foraging walk contextualising Ivan van Sertima’s book They came before Columbus and Artishok Biennial. (with Akibode Akinbiyi, Piret Karro and Sagal Farah)

20:00 - 22:00

Listening session: (Details TBA)

Sunday 15th of January

10:00 - 13:00

Contemplating hospitality and hostipitality - Edouard Glissant.

14:00 - 19:00

On conviviality, care and preparing the meal – performativity and hosting.

Student workshop in groups of 3.

20:00 - 22:00

Sharing our meals

Monday 16th of January

10:00 - 13:00

Photowalk with Akinbode Akinbiyi and Sagal Farah: Discussing the work of a.o. David Zilber, Michael Schmidt and Ozoz Sokoh.

14:00 - 19:00

On adaptation, fermentation, preservation, and different meanings of survival (environment to food and food to environment). Collective experiments in fermentation.

20:00 - 22:00

Tasting session: does objectivity pair well with flavour perception? Further details TBA.

Tuesday 17th of January

The details of this day will be announced by 11.01.2023 due to changing arrangements for the one-to-one meetings.

Wednesday 18th of January

10:00 - 13:00

A return to conviviality, care and preparing the meal – performativity and hosting.

14:00 - 19:00

The politics of the cook book: discussing, the Feast Afrique library and the work of Rajyashri Goody. Student workshop in the same groups of 3. Passing on knowledge.

20:00 - 22:00

Listening session: TBA

Thursday 19th of January

10:00 - 13:00

Assembly regarding the summit (Students only)

14:00 - 19:00

Assembly to discuss and plan for the summit (Students with tutors).

The aim of this session is to:

  • assign roles
  • decide on a format
  • discuss budget distribution.

20:00 - 22:00

Guest tutor: Jonas Palekas

Open-fire cooking workshop (Dinner on 19th January, Nida)

During the open-fire cooking workshop in Nida Art Colony on 19th January, local food for a DAI dinner will be prepared. The workshop will take place in the NAC kitchen as well as the fire pit outside.



Seminar 1: 22 - 24 November 2022

We envision this first week, the beginning of Unraveling the (Under-)development complex as an act of “bridging” between last year’s SAVVY COOP research theme Soil Is An Inscribed Body and the one we are about to embark upon. Both themes are inextricably linked to one another. Looking across different geographies, from the basin of the Congo River, through the mines of the Katanga region, to those of Minas Gerais in Brazil, during last year’s COOP, we were able to reflect around notions of extraction, land struggle and land sovereignty. Throughout its history, Arnhem has witnessed the violence of conflicts and occupations during successive battles and wars, across Europe, but it has also been witness to the forceful displacement of people as was the case of the “Zwarte Anna” (Black Anna) - as the few records found name her - a black (enslaved) woman from Suriname, who arrived in Arnhem in 1727, accompanying the family she worked for.

Our opportunities to familiarise ourselves with the entanglements that make up the fabric of our surroundings, will include walks (please make sure you bring along warm clothes), conversations, and eating, but also collective listening to help facilitate and initiate a collective COOP dynamic, as we get to know each other better, map potential trajectories for our personal and collective practices, and also allow the space - Arnhem - flow and inspire as we bookend this year in the spirit of artistic collaboration.

A breakdown of the daily events will be provided upon your arrival as this week’s COOP is a participatory event that demands no off-site preparation. We look forward to meeting you in Arnhem for the first iteration of the DAI COOP Unraveling the (under-) development Complex.