Pre-enactment workshop at MASS Alexandria

From the 28th of March to the 6th of April 2012, we gave a workshop at MASS Alexandria, Egypt, in collaboration with Elke Uitentuis. During this workshop, we focused on the concept of pre-enactment. The unstable transition period Egypt is in right now causes a lot of uncertainty, but also openings for new images of the future. This future could be the one we hope for, or its opposite, a dystopian vision of what is to come. The question is how we, as artists, can contribute to the development of a certain shared vision, a horizon to strive for. By enacting future scenarios in the present, the current politics of our daily lives will be put into another perspective. The goal of pre-enacting is to draw parallels and stimulate discussion on the proposals presented.

Occupy Campaign

On March 2 and 3, an Occupy inspired campaign will take place in the Jan van Galen neighbourhood. Occupy Campaign is not selling anything, nor is it a political party. Occupy Campaign aims to bring politics back to their source: to the neighbourhood and the street. Watch the video below:

Afterall - Artists at Work: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum

In this interview with Afterall's Paula Barriobero, Jaio and van Gorkum discuss notions of communities, social and activist practices and some of their projects, as well as their recent experiences at Occupy Amsterdam.
Date published: 
Wed, 02/08/2012

Police Interrogation - Video

A short fragment of video from the Police Training

Beursplein Hearings

A series of hearings in the artists' tent in Occupy Amsterdam. Fellow Occupiers were interrogated by a rotating panel of four, on the dilemmas of maintaining a radically inclusive and participatory democracy, while keeping order in the camp and dealing with its social problems. The tribunal was set up to become a separate, legislative institution alongside the General Assembly, and to provide the camp with an autonomous space for arbitration. It was also an experiment in developing a structure that could serve as a model for popular tribunals beyond the perimeter of the camp.

Artists in Occupy Amsterdam

We have been sitting in a big green army tent on the Beursplein in Amsterdam for three weeks now, thinking about the role of artists in the Occupy movement, and putting our thoughts into action. A new constellation of artists, poets, musicians and writers has formed around our tent, turning what initially seemed an impulsive intervention into a common project, the scope of which is growing by the day.

Police Training

Two instructors from the police academy teach the art of interrogation to a group of artists and students. They are given a training in cross-questioning techniques, and in dealing with violence. Through screenings, debates and relevant literature, the participants are stimulated to apply this knowledge within their own practices.

The Resilient Artist

The Social Experiment collective (which comprises Wouter Osterholt, Elke Uitentuis, Klaas van Gorkum, Iratxe Jaio and Jonas Staal) organised a three-day experiment at the invitation of Studium Generale. To increase artists’ resilience, police academy lecturers held classes for participants at ArtEZ Enschede’s academy building. The aim here was to “break through passivity.”
Date published: 
Tue, 11/01/2011

Breakfast at Noon: with Škart and Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum

Saturday 10 December 2011 | 12:00 - 14:00
Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum, Nieuwemarkt 1a, Rotterdam

On 10 December ADA organizes the first edition of Breakfast at Noon, a new series of public events in which two or more guests are invited to ADA’s breakfast table to reflect on issues concerning the position of the artist and the way one speaks through his or her work.

For this first edition the guests will be the Belgrade based collective Škart and the artist duo Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. Both guests have a practice, which connects exhibition making with working with groups and individuals in specific social contexts. ADA invites Škart, Jaio and van Gorkum to give a brief presentation of their work, and to discuss issues such as the collective art practice, the role of audience participation and the notion of free time in relation to artistic practice.

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"This is the girl. Sobre decidir, si podemos decidir" - Videoarte en la Gran Pantalla

1st of December at 20h in Cines Maldà, C/ Pi 5, Barcelona (Spain)

"Welcome to Belfast" will be screened in the program "This is the girl. Sobre decidir, si podemos decidir" curated by Martí Manen for the series "Videoarte en la Gran Pantalla" of HAMACA, distributor of video art and media art in Spain. The program will include works by Dora García, Sra. Polaroiska, Leon Siminiani, Virginia Villaplana, Jorge Satorre and Julia Montilla.

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