PROGRAM DAI-WEEK 28 NOVEMBER / 2 DECEMBER
Please note that bio’s of all four workshop leaders are to be found at http://www.dutchartinstitute.nl/
Lunch will be served daily from 13:00-14:00
Dinner Monday & Tuesday from 18:00-19:00
Wednesday & Thursday 19:00-20.00
November 28: Monday DAI – Presentation
13.00 For a kick-off of today’s two projects we will have lunch with the complete group in the DAI’s canteen. Today we welcome Jean-Luc Vilmouth and David Weber Krebs as tutors.
14.00 - 21:00 (DAI Auditorium/Project room)
two workshops dealing with the act of ‘presenting/performing your work in public’:
1. When the stage hits you…
Run by Otobong Nkanga and Jean-Luc Vilmouth. When you believe that your hunger is an equivalent to that of a hostage who has been kidnapped by a terrorist or a bank robber, without food or drink then what do you do? This state of urgency creates a platform where intricate, extreme and creative stands are taken resulting in a holdup situation. We will be interested in looking at different forms of performances that can create this state of a holdup situation. When the stage hits you and there is no way out but to face the situation in a radical and extreme way. The idea will be to push the limits of (re) presentation, how one could go beyond just the normal and accepted ways of presentation of their works and engaged the public or spectator in an unusual and unpredicted way. “Un art ne peut être une fin pour lui-même car, en lui-même, il ne rend personne meilleur” Socrate
Bio’s of Otobong and Jean-Luc to be found at http://www.dutchartinstitute.nl/
2. Presenting Performance/Performing Presentation
A six part workshop on performance art and lecture performance with David Weber-Krebs and Jan-Philipp Possmann. This workshop is aimed at artists interested in developing or sharpening their own artistic language in the live mediums performance art and lecture performance. Together we will discuss and experiment on basic parameters of the performative situation and assist each other in developing performances. An interest but not necessarily an experience in performance art or lecture performance is required of all participants.
November 29: Tuesday DAI – Thesis
Morning workshops will continue with Jean-Luc Vilmouth and David Weber-Krebbs Starting 10.00 – 13.00 for all students
13.00 – 14.00 lunch
DAI Thesis, 2011-2012
Reading for Writing or How to do things with Theory, Alena Alexandrova & Doreen Mende and their two respective groups of students
During the first year the focus is on developing research skills and a central question for the thesis, formally submitted as a thesis project. During the second year the students engage in further research and writing the thesis.
Plenary session group Alena Alexandrova:
14.30 – 17.30 PM Alena Alexandrova’s reading group will focus on the question: what does it mean to think with or through images? Georges Didi-Huberman’s writing is key with regards to the field of visual studies; he insists that the image is a site and a medium of a specifically visual knowledge that cannot be reduced to language or concepts. His latest exhibition Atlas. How to Carry the World on One’s Back? explores the atlas as a “visual form of knowledge” and a “knowledgeable form of seeing.” Sarat Maharaj discusses the hotly debated topic of the (im-) possibilities of considering visual art as a field, or even a method, of knowledge production.
The last part of the Theory Seminar will focus on introducing the thesis project in a more detail and discussing issues around research process, finding and working with research resources.
Plenary session group Doreen Mende:
14.30 – 17.30 PM ‘The ontology of performance: representation without reproduction’. Doreen Mende’s reading group November session will focus on questions about the undocumented event and its relevance for the unconscious of society. The students will read the essay “The ontology of performance: representation without reproduction” by Peggy Phelan. The text stands in relation to the artistic practice of Milica Tomić who will be our guest for the reading group as well as for the evening lecture. In this framework, Phelan’s text will offer several lines of thoughts enabling to entangle theoretical propositions with urgencies of practice and concerns of gender. It is also useful here to understand ‘performance’ in a wider sense than a media-specific category but through its singular moment, e.g. the act and space of exposure. If there is time, we will relate Phelan’s text to the notion of ‘event’ as a cross-point of politics and aesthetics which has been extensively unfolded by Alain Badiou in his seminal book Being and Event (1988) - (optional for further reading and research).
20.00 – 22.00 Public evening lecture
Container: photography by other means by Milica Tomić
DAI Auditorium (in the framework of How to do Theory with Things)
Tomić will talk about her ongoing project CONTAINER which has been realized recently at the Octobersalon in Belgrade through the question: How to exhibit CONTAINER that is considered to be a performative object, with us in the middle? How to exhibit CONTAINER that has been an instrument to re-construct a crime?
November 30: Wednesday DAI – Private
09:30 – 13:00 (DAI location) For all students
Face to face meetings between students and: Milica Tomić, Alena Alexandrova, Doreen Mende, Renée Ridgway, Florian Göttke, Suzanne Kriemann, Ian White, Tanja Baudoin, Emma Hedditch, Kiluanji Kia Henda and Grant Watson.
Co-ordinated by Rik Fernhout
13.00 – 14.00 lunch
15.00 – 17.00 SHIFT IN MY THINKING
The Dutch Art Institute / MFA ArtEZ in collaboration with
The MMKA (Museum for Modern Art Arnhem) and curatorial collective Suze May Sho presents a series of 6 lectures, taking place at the MMKA on the following Wednesdays; October 19, November 30, January 11, February 8, March 21, April 18.
Always from 3-5 pm
By inviting 6 eminent speakers, each with an outspoken position in the current postcolonial or decolonial debate, we will rethink past, present and future entanglements between the African continent and Europe (and beyond),through theory and art.
November 30, 2011:
Afronautas: from the ashes of the past, to the blink of the satellites.
by Kiluanji Kia Henda
After their fights for indepence many countries in the so called “Third World” had to face destructive civil wars. Murdered before they were even born, those young countries were run over by history. Up to today many have to deal with stone age conditions for living, as if time had stopped. But at the same time, for better or for worse,they are willing to belong to a modern world.
“Afronautas” came into being as a post-war movement of young Angolan artists who, in their formation were compelled to travel; or in the absence of an industrial structure were contaminated by the different foreign cultures that arrived via the ports and airports and today through the internet and satellite television. In Angola this “contamination” created a global, assimilated, cultural production, from music to visual art and a rupture with traditional standards by legitimating multiculturalism.
By creating fiction from factual stories Henda’s work draws upon a certain complicity with history. He uses art as a method to revise it. But more than trying to escape from an amnesia of the recent past, Henda looks for utopian narratives, as a way to avoid the still very present harmful heritage caused by those years of conflict.
Kiluanji Kia Henda (born 1979) is a photographer and visual artist who also works in theater. His photographs grapple with colonial history and perceptions of modernism in Angola. Recent exhibitions include: Experimental Station: Research and Artistic Phenomena, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid, 2011; Other Possible Worlds, NGBK, Berlin, 2011; and 2nd Luanda Triennale, Luanda, 2010. Henda lives and works in Luanda.
This specific lecture was organised in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht where on 03.12.2011 Kiluanji Kia Henda will screen films in the context of the program Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere: Revisions of African Representation.
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
19.15 Negotiating Equity students and faculty leave by train to Brussels. Overnight stay in SleepWell youthhostel rue du Damier.
19.30 – 21.00 Continuation face to face meetings with: Milica Tomić, Alena Alexandrova, Doreen Mende, Florian Göttke, Suzanne Kriemann, Ian White, Tanja Baudoin, Emma Hedditch, and Grant Watson.
21.00 – 22.00 ‘practice-theatre’ an informal meeting with the group. Location: Audit I en II