Dutch Art Institute’s Roaming Academy

Dutch Art Institute’s Roaming Academy

Dutch Art Institute (DAI)

DAI students and Wanderley Dos Santos taking part in a performance by Eona McCallum, March 2015. Casa Do Povo, São Paulo.
April 22, 2015
Dutch Art Institute’s Roaming Academy


Reinforcing its structure of monthly gatherings in Arnhem, the DAI’s Roaming Academy offers an itinerant program that combines courses in the Netherlands with travel abroad.

Between 15 March and 19 April 2015, DAI as Roaming Academy brought students and tutors together with practices and practitioners in Marfa, São Paulo and Tehran:

To Make a Work: Molecular Revolutions 
One group has been developing work at Casa do Povo in São Paulo together with core tutors, curator Grant Watson, scholar Wanderley Dos Santos and artist Yael Davids. The group teamed up with the Nucleo of Subjectivity at PUC (Pontifícia Universidade Católica) and attended seminars by Suely Rolnik, Peter Pál Pelbart, Paula Cheiffi, Amilcar Packer, Max J. Hinderer, Manuela Moscoso and Benjamin Seroussi.

An important starting point for this workshop as part of the ongoing DAI-project To Make A Work was the book Molecular Revolutions in Brazil by Suely Rolnik and Felix Guattari and the question how it can be understood in terms of contemporary culture and politics.

Another group spend two weeks in Marfa, Texas with their artist-tutor Jon Mikel Euba and If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution’s director Frédérique Bergholtz and curator Susan Gibb for an intensive workshop set against the backdrop of Marfa’s desert plains and the legacies of the artist Donald Judd and Minimalism.

The past half year during each session at the Dutch Art Institute, a new lecture written by Euba was translated live from Spanish to English to generate a workshop for the students, who are asked to engage in “active listening” by translating the texts into another medium. Euba’s lectures build upon a methodology of writing that he has been pursuing over the past four years to think through modes and methods of art production. In Marfa the group extended upon these collective exercises with Euba in relation to their encounter with the location’s art history. The two-week program was co-organized with TAAK.

A Cinétract by other means: notes from Tehran
The third working period on location was organized in close collaboration with art research graduate Zohreh Deldadeh and in partnership with independent non-profit art center Sazmanab in Tehran, directed by Sohrab Kashani. Framework: curator Doreen Mende in partnership with Kodwo Eshun from The Otolith Collective.
–The research project “A Cinétract by other means” is guided by three entangled aspects that emanate to reconfigure Iran’s position within modernity: petropolitics, nuclear politics and oikopolitics.
–A cinétract is an act of public utterance that demands a questioning of the positions of the speaker and the addressee and of the right to speak for whom (?). After all, what does it mean for a group of artists, students and theorists from various geographies of the world, who gather within the frame of an art school in Europe, to reflect upon and to journey to Iran?

About the DAI
In addition to the aforementioned curators and core tutors, also Alena Alexandrova, Bassam el Baroni, Marina Vishmidt, Florian Göttke, David Maroto, Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain, the Van Abbemuseum and DAI’s director Gabriëlle Schleijpen are part of the art educational cooperative responsible for the DAI’s curriculum; a permaculture, a fine-tuned balance of consistency and contingency that allows for integration of the required competences and learning objectives that come along with our status as a top rated MFA-program, but in a manner as non-essentialist as possible.

We welcome emerging artists, artist-researchers, artist-curators, artist-writers and artist-publishers wishing to critically explore what it means to be part of a “global (art) world” to join our small-scale, affective, experimental, temporary art commune.
Applications for 2015–17 will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


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