First Year / course structure 2012-2013
In their studio's at home or at temporary residencies or wherever they travel, students are expected to continue developing their own independent research while simultaneously engaging with the DAI's discursive input, curated projects and support structure as provided during the monthly DAI-week.
Reading for Writing or How to do Things with Theory:
Reading for Writing or How to do Things with Theory means participation in one (out of 3) Reading for Writing-classes: a two year - long trajectory of reading groups, guestlectures and tutorials. Writing a thesis is the final stage. After careful matchmaking each student teams up with one of the three theory tutors at the DAI and will be supported by the same person throughout the two-year long trajectory. The student is expected to bring forward an artistic theoretical question arising from, and therefore closely related to his/her artistic practice. During the first year the student prepares by further deepening his/her theoretical research, always in some relation to artistic practice. At the end of the first year, the student should have laid the foundations for the writing of the thesis. The thesis must be supported by a concentrated reading of at least six titles. The thesis should have a minimum of 10.000 words and must be presented in English and is to be evaluated by the tutor who is part of the Reading for Writing – team, supported by an invited independent reviewer (selected by the tutor and approved by the head of program).
Two or more different year-long projects curated and run by an associated institution. All students are expected to select and then to participate in one of these projects. Participation in a project includes commitment to the project during DAI weeks, self-tuition and "homework" outside DAI-weeks, occasional participation in events that take place outside the DAI weeks as well as possible participation on location during possible research trips. Co-op Academy aims to bring together a variety of practitioners in projects (each under a different title, chosen by the respective curators) around shared questions and concerns. Participants develop skills for research, art production and collaboration. Co-op Academy works as an interface between academy and professional field.
Read more about the specific content of the 3 projects upon choice in 2012-2013:
Every DAI week, one full day is dedicated to lecture-presentations by students. Students present an update of their research in the form of a lecture-presentation or lecture-performance of 20 minutes to an audience consisting of their fellow students, interested members of the general public, the head of programme, 2 invited independent guests ( theoreticians, curators, artists). Each student presentation ends with two specific questions, one for each guest. The guests will try to engage with these questions in the context of the respective presentations, live, on the spot, in the form of a spoken reflection, followed by discussion.
DAI's new curriculum for first-year students addresses alternative formats of knowledge production within the position of mobility in an ever-changing, dynamic world. Reinforcing DAI's structure of monthly weeklong workshops, seminars, lectures, public discussions and meetings in Arnhem, 'Roaming Academy' offers an itinerant programme that combines travel with MA classes and courses in NL and abroad.
This privilege –to have the ability to collaborate with various institutions worldwide- will unfold throughout the year. With mobility as a keyword in contemporary art practice how does this privilege affect the larger world economy, bio-politics, sustainability and ecology? What is the relationship between a nomadic artist's practice and the image contingency of a refugee, for example? Making use of a broad range of available media and technologies, online communication and linkage will enable us to step outside of walled gardens or studio space. We aim to measure the affect of digital technologies on cultural practitioners as our data becomes more distributed and accessible to others. How can we share the knowledge we produce constructively and what are the benefits of this reciprocity?
Read more about the specific content of the project upon in 2012-2013:
Presence and participation DAI-weeks:
During all DAI weeks, all students are expected to be present from the start of the programme on Monday morning till the end of the programme on Friday afternoon. Occasionally the programme may extend into the weekend.
During the course each student maintains or develops a relevant presence/presentation on the web. Upon graduation the functionality, the communicative strategies and the representational qualities of this web-presence will be evaluated. After graduation the DAI-website offers its alumni an ongoing platform for information and exchange.
Extra curricular activities initiated by DAI, the student or third parties. Participation has to be published on the DAI-website. The DAI occasionally offers the students the chance to participate in projects organized by (or together with) third parties outside of the curriculum structure. Students who wish to participate can be asked to send in a written motivation, after which a selection of participants is made by the Head of Program and/or the organizing institutes. The DAI can furthermore credit a student with a maximum of 5 points anually for other activities outside the DAI curriculum. These points are based on the professional effort needed for these activities. Points can only be accredited when a) the DAI receives sufficient and verifiable information regarding the students involvement in an activity - which will also need to be published on the DAI's website b) the activity is judged to be relevant for the students professional practice and/or development.
ECTS max 5