Dutch Art Institute (DAI)

(1) The Big Durian. (2) Monumen Nasional Jakarta, diorama of Bandung’s first Asia Africa Conference. Edhi Sunarso, 1955. (3) Open Air Museum Arnhem: 1950s interior, “Moluccan Barracks”.
November 13, 2015

November 9–30, 2015

Bandung, Jakarta, Jatiwangi and Tanakita-camp/Sukabumi

DAI’s  2015–16 academic year will unfurl under the spell of SONSBEEK 2016, the continuation of a rich tradition of sculpture exhibitions in-and outside the now-public Park Sonsbeek in Arnhem, a lush former country estate erected in the 19th century by wealthy colonials, “active” in what they called the Dutch East Indies. The name of the exhibition’s most iconic edition (1971) still resonates: “Sonsbeek buiten de Perken” (“Sonsbeek beyond lawn and order”). Much to our excitement, Editon 2016 will be curated by Jakarta-based artist collective ruangrupa.

Ruangrupa have coined their Sonsbeek edition “TRANSACTION ARNHEM”.
We at DAI—roaming academy and spaceship with Arnhem as its monthly airstrip—decided that if “transaction” is to be understood as decolonial communication or exchange able to affect all parties involved equally, it should, from our part, physically extend to Jakarta as well. We are now realizing this ambition, in the bitter awareness that both Arnhem- and Jakarta-based artists, curators and art students belong to a privileged class: today’s global mobile happy few.

The ongoing question of how to make sense out of this privilege, particualrly in a time where the majority of the world’s population is denied the right to freely cross borders, will be an inherent part of our research.

Temporarily relocating DAI, managing staff, core tutorial team and all students travel to Indonesia and bring projects, workshops, seminars and student presentations to Jakarta (and beyond) during the first weeks of the Jakarta Biennale 2015: “Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in The Present,” which we will join for its opening, its four-day symposium, and two days of the MKMK Academy.

DAI projects in Jakarta and beyond

Roaming Academy: Non-transmittable Form?
Tutors in Indonesia: Ruth Noack, Ardi Gunawan, May Adadol Ingawanij and Grace Samboh. Partners: Arkipel in Jakarta and Jatiwangi Art Factory in Jatiwangi.

Roaming Academy: Location, Location, Location
Tutors in Indonesia: Tirdad Zolghadr, Doreen Mende and Hilmar Farid a.o. Partners: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Museum Konperensi Asia-Afrika, both in Bandung.

Tutors in Indonesia: Susan Gibb (If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution) and Jon Mikel Euba. Host: Tanakita-campsite /Sukabumi.

COOP Academy: INLAND class
Tutors in Indonesia: Fernando García-Dory (INLAND,Casco), Bumi Pemuda Rahayu.

COOP Academy: Publishing Class: Between Animals or Beyond Being Human
Tutors in Indonesia: Jorinde Seijdel (Open!) and Etienne Turpin.

COOP Academy: Practicing With Institutions, Instituting Practice II
Tutors in Indonesia: Nick Aikens (Van Abbe Museum) and ruangrupa.

How To Things With Theory: Constructive Alienation and the Anti-Sublime.
Tutor in Indonesia: Bassam El Baroni.

How To Things With Theory: On the Limits of the Writerly
Tutor in Indonesia: Rachel O’Reilly.

How To Things With Theory: Speculation as a Mode of Production, or: What Problems Can We Decide In This Room?
Tutor in Indonesia: Marina Vishmidt.

Please find the day-to-day program here

Public events
In close connection to our curriculum, we are also regularly organizing discursive events, open to the public.

November 15, 2015 in Jakarta:
The Kitchen / Not The Restaurant
Lecture presentations and performances by: Helen Zeru Araya / Mirjam Linschooten / Wei Hu / Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos / Astarti Athanasiadou / Avan Omar Muhammad / Peter Sattler / Pilar Mata Dupont. Guest respondents: Mirwan Andan and Ute Meta Bauer. Coach: Vivian Ziherl. Host: DAI-director Gabriëlle Schleijpen. Location: Jl.Cikini Raya 82 in Jakarta, at the former residency of the late Achmed Subardjo, one of Indonesia’s founding fathers.

January 10, 2016 in Arnhem: 
ROAMING ASSEMBLY#2 Location, Location, Location; on the possibility of location in contemporary art.
A one-day assembly in Arnhem with speakers, screenings, performance and archives. Curated by Sarah Pierce and Tirdad Zolghadr for DAI. With Annie Fletcher, Suhail Malik and other guests.


Roaming Academy: ARNHEM TRANSACTION JAKARTA presented by DAI (Dutch Art Institute) in close collaboration with Institut ruangrupa

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November 13, 2015

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