Dear friends and relations,

The kick- off to the upcoming academic year at the DAI took place late September and early October, when we participated in the third Autonomy Project's school and in the Mobile Art School in  Liverpool and on top of that introduced our entirely renewed course structure to our 30 first - and second year students.

This week, in Arnhem,  our faculty is about to embark on the year- long intensive trajectory that will enable participants to deepen their critical understanding of theoretical, political, curatorial and productional aspects of art practice today.

I am thrilled to invite those of you who are around in the Netherlands to join us for a PUBLIC evening lecture on Wednesday, October 31: I heart my computer because all my friends live in it: affect, technology and social relationships in a networked society by Nishant Shah from Bangalore, India.  

The coming days we will furthermore have  Alena Alexandrova, Doreen Mende, Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Cramer, Praneet Soi, Grant Watson, Frederique Bergholtz, Tanja Baudoin, Vivian ZiherlRenée Ridgway, Nishant Shah, Simon Ferdinando, Yolande van der Heide, Christian Nyampeta, Tea Hvala,  Nick Aikens and Florian Göttke on board for tutorials, reading groups and workshops.

The gatherings are not necessarily (all) open to the public but visitors are always welcome for a cup of coffee and a chat or discussion in our  Reading Room, where you can also have a look at our publications. Contact Jacq van der Spek if you feel like dropping by.

An overview of this week's program can be found in the schedule below.

Next DAI-week ( November 20- December 2) our qualities as a "roaming academy" will be tested when we move the entire program to Amsterdam to take part, exactly as ourselves, in a huge gathering of young art initiatives and masterprograms curated by Natasha Ginwala and Fleur van Muiswinkel and entitled INexactlyTHIS.

If we won't see you in Arnhem the coming days we'll maybe have the chance to meet you there ? 

Very much looking forward to that, 


Gabriëlle Schleijpen



SCHEDULE DAI-WEEK  29 October / 2 November

October 29: Monday

 Reading for Writing or How to Do Things with Theory

13:00 - 14:00 communal lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Reading group Alena Alexandrova

14:00 – 17:00 Reading group Doreen Mende

14:00 – 17:00 Reading group Jorinde Seijdel 

18:30 - 19:30 communal dinner

19:30 - 21:00 Lecture by Florian Cramer upon invitation from Jorinde Seijdel

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October 30: Tuesday

10:30 - 20:30 Lecture  Presentations

by students before an audience of peers and special guests; this week Praneet Soi and Nishant Shah. Discussion moderated by Gabriëlle Schleijpen

20:30 - 21:30 Florian Göttke will present an outline of his PhD research "The Volatile Image" that he will conduct jointly at the Dutch Art Institute and the University of Amsterdam.


10:00 - 17:00 face to face meetings students and Reading for Writing tutors.

13:00 - 14:00 communal lunch

19:00 -20:00 communal dinner

Location: DAI auditorium, Kortestraat 27, Arnhem.

October 31: Wednesday

Curating Academy 

Tutorials with Grant Watson, Frederique Bergholtz, Tanja Baudoin

Roaming Academy

 Renée Ridgway and students will leave for

10:45 - 14:00  Utrecht.  Visit exhibition: How Much Fascism? at BAK 

14:30-17:00: Casco. Aural Contract: The Whole Truth by Lawrence Abu Hamdan

18:30 communal dinner at the DAI in Arnhem

19:30 Public Lecture by Nishant Shah 

 I heart my computer because all my friends live in it: affect, technology and social relationships in a networked society.

November 1: Thursday

10:00 - 21:00 Face to face meetings

One on one meetings between students and (guest)tutors. This week with Grant Watson, Frederique Bergholtz, Tanja Baudoin, Vivian Ziherl, Renée Ridgway, Simon Ferdinando, Yolande van der Heide, Christian Nyampeta, Tea Hvala, Nick Aikens and Florian Göttke.

13:00 - 14:00 communal lunch

19:00 -20:00 communal dinner 

Additional activities:

 Co-op Academy: How to Live Together 

09.00 - 11:00 Workshop 

17:29 train to Amsterdam. Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Group will be interviewed by film scholar and critic Eric de Bruyn. Location: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 Co-op Academy: Useful Art

17.24 departure to Eindhoven for Giant Step  at the Van Abbemuseum. 

Full 3 day-program for Useful Art participants: here

November 2: Friday

10:00 - 17:00  Co-op Academy

Co-op Academy: Occupation Evacuation Transmission.  This week with Frederique Bergholtz, Tanja Baudoin and Vivian Ziherl. Location: DAI  

Co-op Academy : Publishing Class III - How to Live Together. This week with Yolande van der Heide, Christian Nyampeta, Tea Hvala. Location: DAI

Co-op Academy: Useful Art.  This week with Nick Aikens and of course numerous others at Giant Step. Location: Eindhoven

13:00 - 14:00 communal lunch

17:00 end of program ( except for Useful Art -group)

November 3: Saturday

For Co-op Academy: Useful Art participants only. Location: Eindhoven.

10:00 - 17:00 Workshops Giant Step

19:00 - 00:00 Closing Party - De Fabriek - Baarstraat 38, Eindhoven