Second 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).


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Curating Academy:

Curating Academy entails a year - long research and production trajectory towards a curated exhibition, to be opened during the introduction week in the next academic year. Students do not only engage with the development of art works, but also with curatorial concepts and methods as well as with productional and communication strategies. Energetic commitment, in and outside DAI-weeks is requested.


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Co-op Academy:

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.


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Useful Art

Publishing Class III - How to Live Together

Occupation Evacuation Transmission

Lecture Presentations

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 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.


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.


Free Space:

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