Mobilize our bodies, our intelligences

Mobilize our bodies, our intelligences

Dutch Art Institute (DAI)

Lecture-performance by Martha Jager. DAI, 2015.
May 17, 2016
Mobilize our bodies, our intelligences

September 2016–June 2017

DAI (Dutch Art Institute)
MA Art Praxis
Kortestraat 27

Ten times per year DAI students and tutors plug into the so-called DAI-week: a temporary art commune, theory camp, think tank and experimental learning environment in Arnhem and at other locations worldwide. Conviviality is at the heart of the program: infrastructures can be artworks too!

DAI brings emerging artists and curators together in trajectories curated and tutored by art institutions as well as by independent practitioners. The two-year curriculum is a permaculture, a fine-tuned balance of consistency and contingency that allows for a thoughtful integration of state-of-the-art research with the required competencies and learning objectives that come along with our status as a fully accredited and top rated MA program.

We are thrilled to present our 2016–17 syllabus, based on five vital modules, some of them subdivided into four study groups for a maximum of 12 students each:

1. Roaming Academy 
is an itinerant program that complements vigorous praxis-led research “here” with tailor-made affiliations “elsewhere.”
Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory: “South & Opening” (working title) is a room of radical pedagogy and a radio station, practicing the notion of “opening” as a task of life, delving into the notion of “South” as a political soil.
Bassam El Baroni: “In Dialogue with Robotics.”
What can and what should we learn about and from robotics without ceding sound judgment to the tragic scenario of the rise of the robots and the end of humanity?
If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution: with the artist Jon Mikel Euba as the invited core tutor, the course “On praxis an unstated theory. (Writing out loud)” proposes the creation of an experimental workshop comprising exercises on scores, notations, translation, literalness and equivalences to consider the production of art as a filter.
Ruth Noack: this class will deal with the problem of how to develop a practice that is truthful to and serious about the formation of aesthetic experience without losing touch with everyday life.

2. COOP Academy
constitutes a productive interface between “academy” and “professional field” from where new perspectives on co-creation and publicness can be explored. In 2016–17 the module will be split into curating classes and publishing classes:
Van Abbemuseum: Practicing Deviance: Methods for art and curating
The Showroom: Curating Positions
Open! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain: Hyperthymesia (working title)
Sarah Pierce & Tirdad Zolghadr: DAI and Werkplaats Typografie students team up for a project which will combine publishing over various platforms with an inquiry regarding “location and the remote.”

3. How to do things with theory
is designed to help our students to develop skills to formulate relevant questions, which strengthen their practices, and allow them to position their work in broader contexts. The 2016–17 reading groups:
Bassam El Baroni: Intervention. (How) can we develop a plausible concept of (artistic) intervention under the current state of things?
Sven Lütticken: Legalize Everything. The reach of the juridical keeps expanding, as do the ambitions of artistic or aesthetic practice. The reading group will examine multiple interferences between law and art, between the juridical and the aesthetic—ranging from issues of copyright to citizenship and illegality to animal right and plant rights.
Rachel O’Reilly: On the Limits of the Writerly
Marina Vishmidt: Speculation as a Mode of Production

4. The Kitchen/Not the restaurant
offers an open space, limited only by a given time and space frame, gently guided by DAI-director Gabriëlle Schleijpen, where students present lecture-performances to their peers and to guest respondents. An annually changing team of personal coaches provides precise feedback.

5. Roaming Assembly
is a monthly recurring public symposium functioning as it were as the DAI-week’s “centerfold.” Sunday, September 18 we will open the year with:
Roaming Assembly #7 intraACTION: Urbanism
Co-curated between Mirwan Andan (ruangrupa, curator SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION) & Hypatia Vourloumis (guest-curator DAI).


Welcome, artists, curators and hybrids!

Your applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions in the incoming class are filled.


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