Becoming More 23 May: DAI projects - Tuesday 23 May


Becoming More 23 May: DAI projects Tuesday 23 May

ongoing projects by DAI students

On this day there isn't a public programme. However, you are able to visit several projects by DAI students that are part of the general Becoming More programme.

DAI Curating Positions Class

Becoming more.…porous, resonant, supportive, coherent, tactile, entangled, animal…

For Becoming More…, the Curating Positions seminar group have worked on a series of interventions into the Van Abbemuseum responding to the senses in order to question the historical prioritisation of the scopic within histories of art and museology. The projects seek to open up other ways of sensing the museum and to alter the existing patterns, routines and relations between those engaged in it.

Absence Takes Shape  (DAI Curating Positions Class #1) 

Location: The Foyer, Van Abbemuseum
Clementine Edwards, Maike Hemmers, Sanne Kabalt

Absence Takes Shape presents the Van Abbemuseum visitor with a ribbon - a material memento of a feminist conversation between three Dutch Art Institute students. Their exchange is about the absence and presence of craft in the museum as well as the tender and violent aspects of touch.

“The Elephant in the Room” (DAI Curating Positions Class # 2) 

Location: Room B2, Van Abbemuseum
Alejandro Ceron, Leon Filter, Mirjam Linschooten

Since their emergence, museums have been excellent examples of a prestigious kind of microcosm: a site where beliefs about the order of the world and the individual’s place within it, are represented publicly. In museums, visitors enact a kind of ritual, interacting consciously or subconsciously with the museum’s structure, for example by following the institution’s narrative, or displaying a form of contemplation in front of artworks.

We propose to temporarily interrupt the sacred/ritual space of the Van Abbemuseum and the Caucus, by bringing in an animal as an agent of resistance and a critic of vision-based logic and ideological normalization of our (human) understanding of representation. As Jason Hribal suggests, turning the perspective around, thinking from below and not bringing it back to a theoretical discourse, but a methodology, is what we want to investigate as a “curating position” in relation to the caucus theme

“Becoming more” – in this case becoming more animal and less human (or to transcend what is human in that matter) in our perception of the museum.

Becoming More… Porous / A Porous Archive (DAI Curating Positions Class)                                     

Location: DIY Archive Van Abbemuseum
Baha Görkem Yalım 

The inclusiveness of the museum as an institution is at the heart of many discussions surrounding the caucus (and indeed the aim of its progressive intent). The archive of a museum is a crucial node in its existing structure in relation to what that museum contains, acknowledges, refuses, claims invisible; how the museum connects, and what it connects-in-between. Imagining museum as a structure that remembers reaffirms the importance of archives as clarifiers of complexities where any position of remembrance is a political act. Archive as the memory of an institution decides what is yet to be memorised. So our question here is; What is it that a museum remembers? awaking the second question; If a museum can remember what it can/should dream of? A Porous Archive will be a place for suggesting this dream, and proposing a future.


Location: Tumblr / DIY Archive

In which a jewellery exhibition is reimagined. Traditionally worn on the body or exhibited in a vitrine, here contemporary Dutch jewellery infiltrates the Van Abbemuseum digitally. The museum visitor is invited to access this blog in situ or from afar via their smart phone to evoke a different sensory experience. Featuring: Dinie Besems, Jing He, Sae Honda, Maja Houtman, Beppe Kessler, Seulki Lee, Noon Passama, Katja Prins, Lucy Sarneel, Mecky van den Brink, Felieke van der Leest, Eva van Kempen and Manon van Kouswijk.



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