February 9, 2014

Sub-urban, the Urban Espresso Bar’s video-lounge presents:








10.02.2014 – 16.02.2014


Up on The Roof / Down in The Cellar (2012) focuses on the fluidity and multitude of possibilities that arise on the praxis of gesture, speech and language as we perform ourselves in relation to others and the surrounding social, everyday life dramaturgies. Looking at the bodies of two professional actors conducting an improvisation exercise, each allowed just one distinct, dramatically opposite sentence, the work asks questions about: What exact part of language, speech and gesture transmits and carries meaning? What is the precise moment when meaning is created and fixed into representation and how much does the meaning created depend on the presence and the interplay between the performer and the other?

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Pick Up This Book – A New Publication by ADA Rotterdam

October 29, 2013

Pick Up This Book, ADA Rotterdam's new publication

With Pick up this book we (ADA) seeked to address questions that emerged in the periphery of our collective practice, but became a pivotal interest, concerning hospitality and the documentation of our often ephemeral research based projects. The publication includes work by two thinkers who have provided us with ideas, which profoundly shaped our thinking and formed a continuous presence during our working period in Berlin: the text Hostipitality by Jacques Derrida and Unbounded, Limit’s Possibilities, a lecture by Irit Rogoff, of which a transcription is included. Focusing on a breakfast discussion we organised as ADA in Berlin, we set ourselves the task of writing from memory what happened on that day, resulting in six completely different reports, meandering between facts, associative sidetracks and interesting notions that had come up during the event. These texts are complemented by the writer and artist Maria Barnas, whom we asked to be present at the breakfast and write her response to the event. The book is presented in the exhibition space at Kunstverein Göttingen and is activated by means of instructional sentences mounted onto the walls, which, drawing on the content of the book, spatially frame it. Pick up this book is designed by Dongyoung Lee.


(m)other voices: workshop

October 20, 2013


Sunday 6 October 2013, 3pm – 6pm

Location: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

On Sunday October 6, Deirdre M. Donoghue (artist, Rotterdam) invited Arahmaiani (artist, Indonesia) to conduct a closed workshop session at Witte de With as the second installment of her long-term research project (m)other voices: the maternal as an attitude, maternal thinking and the production of time and knowledge. The aim of the project is to reflect on the maternal figure as a thinker and a producer of knowledge, rather than as a subject of representation and as a domestic figure inseparable from human emotions. It was launched in Copenhagen together with Witte de With, the artists collective Oda Projesi (TR) and Astrid Noack’s Ateliers (DK) in the summer of 2013 and will continue throughout the Fall at Witte de With and in Rotterdam.

By considering the maternal as an attitude towards our being-in-the-world, and as a practice held together by an ethos of ultimate hospitality towards ‘the other’, (m)other voices explore relations between maternal work and -experience, -thinking and -time and the production of knowledge within arts and beyond. The project brings together scholars, writers, artists, curators and historians from various corners of the world and takes place through specifically framed human encounters, exchanges and contributions between people from various disciplines and backgrounds. On October 6, Donoghue is joined by Indonesian artist Arahmaiani as her companion, fellow traveler and guide to the East. During the afternoon she will screen the documentary ‘The Great Mother’, by Rosemary Rawcliffe, which tells the story of Gyalyum Chemo, the mother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The participants will then discuss the notions of maternity and compassion as attitudes towardsbeing-in-the-world, and the relations between hospitality, maternity and the figure of the Other.

To inaugurate the workshop, the following series of questions and texts was sent to the participants:

– In what ways can the maternal be considered as an attitude?
– How does ones maternal practice shape, influence and inform ones methodologies and modes of production?
– Is it possible to identify such a thing as maternal ethos, how might it manifest and how might it be articulated in relation to ethics and politics?
– Is there such a thing as maternal time and how could it be understood in relation to other notions of time and being?
-How does the gift of giving birth differ from the gift of giving time to the other?
– Can this difference activate a new relation towards (thinking about) time and being?
– What represents ‘mother’ to you?
– Is there a misunderstanding, a disconnection between the mother as an archetype and contemporary representations and appropriations of the mother?

The accompanying short texts by Lisa Guenther refer to Derrida, Levinas and Arendt, each dealing with the notions of the gift, hospitality, violence, reciprocity, otherness, ethics, care and economics of exchange in his or her own way. Gunther approaches these writers and the above notions with a Western, feminist critique.

Vita Activa: Labour, Work, Action, Lisa Guenther, The Gift of The Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction, State University of New York, Press, Albany, 2006.
Derrida and The Gift of The Impossible, Lisa Guenther, The Gift of The Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction, State University of New York, Press, Albany, 2006.
Cixous and The Gift of The Feminine, Lisa Guenther, The Gift of The Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction, State University of New York, Press, Albany, 2006.
The Ethics and Politics of Maternity, Lisa Guenther, The Gift of The Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction, State University of New York, Press, Albany, 2006.
Lisa Guenther, in HYPATIA vol. 21, no. 1 (Winter 2006).

Invited participants include: Anke Bangma, Lucy Cotter, Karin de Jong, Vanessa Lamounier de Assis, Liesbeth Levy, Riek Sijbring, Iva Supic Jankovic, Susana Pedrosa, Barbara Philipp, Ewoud van Rijn, Jack Segbars, Renée Turner, Louwrien Weijers, Kerstin Winkin, and Weronika Zielinska.

(m)other voices will gradually open to the public through a reading groups starting on October 22 at 7pm at Witte de With. For more information, to sign-up for the research and reading groups or to receive the (m)other voices reader, please contact reservations@wdw.nl.


August 22, 2013


The maternal as an attitude, maternal thinking and the production of time and knowledge

August 22, 2013


(m)other voices: the maternal as an attitude, maternal thinking and the production of time and knowledge -reader can be obtained from Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art at: info@wdw.nl.

(m)other voices at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art

May 1, 2013

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(m)other voices:

The maternal as an attitude, maternal thinking and the production of time and knowledge

(m)other voices is a research project whose aim is to reflect on the maternal figure as a thinker and a producer of knowledge, rather than as a subject of representation and as a domestic figure inseparable from human emotions. Through considering maternity as a verb, as a type of labor, rather than as a noun pointing to a fixed, physiological state of being, the notion of maternity will be examined here as an attitude and as a discipline in the production of art and knowledge. Just like all disciplines develop and nurture distinctive ways of thinking, there is a type of thinking that arises from the work of mothers. After all, all mothering work, regardless of ones sex and gender, is a work of constant welcoming of otherness and change. Maternal work cultivates a type of thinking produced by a conscious, committed daily practice dedicated to the non-violent struggle of not hurting that what is strange and that whose unfolding one cannot control.[1] This repeated creative experience of bearing witness and nurturing ‘the other’ acts here as an opening for the reflection on notions central to the work of many artists, scholars and cultural producers, perhaps even more so recently because of the current socio-economical state of things. These notions include collaboration, participation, reciprocity, hospitality, violence, otherness, care, ethics and economics of exchange to name a few.

The project brings together scholars, writers, artists, curators and historians from Finland, Iceland, Turkey, Denmark, England and the Netherlands and will be launched together with Oda Projesi (Istanbul) in Copenhagen in the summer 2013.  (m)other voices takes place through specifically framed human encounters, exchanges and contributions between people from various disciplines and backgrounds, who are engaged in the subject. In ‘Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption’, Lisa Baraitser looks at the maternal subject as a subject of constant interruption. [2] One of the central questions (m)other voices asks is how does this interruption to the continuity of ones Self, begin to inform, shape and effect ones methodology and mode of production? Can such a thing as maternal ethics be formulated in relation to the production of knowledge and art?

[1] Maternal Thinking, Toward a Politics of Peace, Sarah Ruddick, Beacon Press, Boston, 2002. Pp. 73.

[2] ‘Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption’, Lisa Baraitser, Routledge, New York, 2009.


The World Turned Inside Out. Courtesy of APFEL.

The World Turned Inside Out

25 May-18 August 2013 (and onwards)

Drafting from unexpected maps and novel courses of knowledge to reactivate pre-modern anchors, Witte de With enables the development of knowledge in collaboration with a set of international protagonists who, by linking and delinking across fields and practices, seek to debunk historical narratives guided by traditional educational models.  These investigations set in motion new paths of inquiry respectively, replete with desire, curiosity, and speculation.

The World Turned Inside Out  is a radiating program of inquiries, instigated by Julieta Aranda,Kader AttiaAslı ÇavuşoğluShezad DawoodLandings (Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl, with Roberto Chabet, Bonita Ely, Rana Hamadeh, Irene Kopelman, Tejal Shah, Terue Yamauchi),Jennifer Wen Ma, and Ho Tzu Nyen. It launches at Witte de With this summer with a constellation of objects, subjects and guest participants. In conjunction with The World Turned Inside Out, a series of concurrent events will further activate ongoing lines of inquiry, beginning in Copenhagen with Deirdre M. Donoghue. (dmdvisuals@gmail.com)

For more information on The World Inside Out:



What Belongs To The Sky?

February 15, 2012


The project What Belongs To The Sky?, has been made possible by a research and development subsidy from the Centrum Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam. 


What Belongs To The Sky? investigates the social aspects between language and communication in a situation where the ability to speak is broken down. In order to carry out the project, I set out to focus on the very particular condition of aphasia, which is an inability to understand and/or to use language symbols as a result of a neurological impairment. As language is essential to the construction of a Self, I was curious to examine how it would be possible for a person living with aphasia to participate in the social construction of his or hers autobiographical narrative in the face of such an impairment. What I set out to do was to insert myself, together with my video and audio recording equipment, in the everyday life of an elderly couple living on an isolated, bi-lingual island of Utö (Finland), in the middle of the Baltic sea. The man of the couple, Fjalar Johansson, has Bingswangers disease, a type of dementia, and as a result suffers of aphasia. Previously a bi-lingual, charismatic and an eloquent public speaker, Fjalar’s speech has in the last few years been reduced to a very basic level, consisting of simple sentences, isolated words, and supporting bodily gestures. Now, more often than not, he is unable to finish his sentences and give form to his thoughts through words. He is unable to fluently express himself to others and in this way to participate in the social. His inability to partake in the social through language and speaking is also heightened by his poor sight and hearing. However, it is specifically his loss of language and its creative power to construct, order and mediate that has placed him in a social abyss with diminished means to navigate in the social and so to have proper agency as a human being.

The project  will result in two parallel parts; a film with a narrative structure and an audio-visual installation consisting of shorter video works.

‘Kitchen Lecture: Notes on Gesture’ in Our House in The Middle of The Street

February 14, 2012

A Publication to celebrate 10 years Kunsthuis SYB.

The house of Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag has served as a residency for artists since 2000. The publication ‘Our House in the Middle of the Street’ (ed. Maja Bekan, Irene Kromhout) looks back with its eye on the future.

The book comprises of two parts in alternating chapters.

Space: a walk through the house in six chapters*
Each chapter has a text that thematically relates to one of the rooms of SYB. The texts vary in style and subject matter beautifully, and are as diverse as the writers themselves, while the main theme (cooperation) is addressed from different angles. Each chapter also highlights three projects.

Time: a log of ten years of development and diversity.
Ten chapters with a selection from the archives of Kunsthuis SYB. A collection of all projects, events and developments in images, texts, clippings and quotes, which not only show the development of the organization, but also gives a glimpse behind the scenes. Through listing ten years of art projects, the publication provides comprehensive insight into the evolution and diversity of the genre.

Publication date: december 23, 2011
Circulation 500, 220 pages, English and Dutch

* Content of the chapters (Space):

Chapter 1: Entrance / Hospitality
Text: ‘Letter on the occasion of ten years Kunsthuis SYB’ by Danielle Van Zuijlen (a.o. freelance curator, founder Hotel Mariakapel, board member TransArtists and 1646)
Projects: Zucht (Linda Molenaar a.o., 2000), Image is Everything (Bureau Zeezicht, 2006), Bear Man and Alice (Abner Preis a.o., 2009

Chapter 2: Gallery / Playground Structures
Text: ‘Free as in cheese: artistic confusion at the edge of openness’ by Aymeric Mansoux (a.o. artist, musician, co-founder of, main teacher Media Design Piet Zwart Institute, MPhil/PhD-student Goldsmiths College London)
Projects: Wilde Metaphysica (Jantine Wijnja a.o., 2008), De Kolonie – The Colony (students and alumni from the Sandberg Institute, 2010), Mental Mickey and the Desert of Doom (Powerplant, 2007)

Chapter 3: Kitchen / Nesting
Text: ‘Notes for “Kitchen Lecture: Notes on Gesture”‘ by Deirdre M. Donoghue (a.o. artist, writer, researcher, co-founder ADA)
Projects: Blind House (Maurice van Daalen and Giorgos Gripeos, 2005), Het huis met de arend (Ruth van Beek and Basje Boer, 2009), The Primitive Breakthrough (Emmeline de Mooij a.o., 2008)

Chapter 4: Dining room / Open House
Text: ‘The Collaborative Turn’ by Maria Lind (a.o. curator, critic, director Tensta Konsthall Stockholm, former director Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College New York, Iaspis Stockholm and Kunstverein München, curator Moderna Museet Stockholm, received Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2009)
Projects: ¿Volzet? (Sabine Mooibroek, 2001), Leentjebuur (Henry J. Alles, 2003), The Expanding Pie (Dutch Art Institute, 2007)

Chapter 5: Living Room / Private/Public
Text: ‘Terminus ante quem, terminus post quem’ by Ana Nikitovic (a.o. curator Museum Contemporary Art Belgrado, member Prelom Kolektiv, participant Curatorial Programme De Appel season 2008/2009)
Projects: Last Christmas (Daan Samson, 2006), Big Fingers (Jérôme Sother and Christophe Boursault, 2008), Tristes Tropiques, Illustrations hors Texte (Laurence Aegerter and Ronald van Tienhoven, 2010)

Chapter 6: Bedroom / Social Politics
Text: ‘Refusing to live in a nice world: minimal conditions for the collective’ by Frans-Willem Korsten (a.o. professor literature and society Erasmus University, professor Literary Studies Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, former teacher Piet Zwart Institute, president committee Letteren Raad voor Cultuur)
Projects: Dyn Lân Bestiet Net (Ólafur Árni Ólafsson and Libia Pérez de Siles de Castro, 2005), Subgoed performancefestival (Serge Lammerts a.o., 2005), Waiting Room (Maja Bekan, 2008)

10 years of SYB

August 10, 2011

A group exhibition, a publication, a Masterclass in art criticism, performances, musical reflections and socratic dialogues.

location: P/////AKT, Zeeburgerpad 53, Amsterdam
opening: 31 July 2011, 5 pm
exhibition: 1 – 21 August 2011
opening hours:  Thursday to Sunday 2 – 6 pm

Should you happen to be in Amsterdam between the 1st of August and the 21st of August 2011, you can see my work A Certain Capacity For Occupying Space’ as part of the group show: ‘10 Years of SYB’.  On the 21st of August I will also be performing a ‘follow-up’ to the video work ‘A Certain Capacity for Occupying Space’ . 
On the same day SYB will launch a publication reflecting on the last ten years of its history by publishing texts by writers, theorists and artists whom, amongst many others, contributed to the symposium ‘Our House in The Middle of The Street’, organized by SYB in October 2010. As part of this publication is my contribution ‘Kitchen Lecture; Notes on Gesture’ based on my performance lecture of the same name. The publication is edited by Maja Bekan, Irene Kromhout.

ADA’s Cabinet: About Games and Being Serious

April 11, 2011


As part of ADA’s investigation into collaborative and participatory practices, ADAinitiates a short-term reading group for the duration of it’s work period at BRAK#3 in Duende, in the month of April.

During six-sessions, texts reflecting on artistic production, modes of communication, political positioning and the meaning produced, will be jointly and actively explored in a friendly and relaxed environment. This short-term exercise is intended to enable practical exploration of the collective endeavor to encounter each other through a collaborative working practice. The subject matter of the reading group acts as an introduction to ADA’s current inquiry, which it will continue reflecting on in the coming year through its public program.

ADA cordially invites you to join in the reading of the following texts:


Session 1
Tuesday 5th of April | 19:30-22:30
The Author as Producer, by Walter Benjamin. And in addition the short text The Artist as Producer in Times of Crisis by Okwui Enwezor.

Session 2
Sunday 10th of April | 15:00-18:00
The Emancipated Spectator, pp. 1-23, by Jacques Rancière.

Session 3
Monday 11th of April | 19:30-22:30
The Collaborative Turn, by Maria Lind.

Session 4
Wednesday 13th of April | 19:30-22:30
The Demands and Challenges of Committed Participation, by Mika Hannula.

Session 5
Thursday 21st of April | 19:30-22:30
Maybe it would be better if we worked in groups of three? Part 1 & 2 of The Discursive, by Liam Gillick.

Session 6
Monday 25th of April | 19:30-22:30
Tolerance as an Ideological Category, by Slavoj Žižek.

Please Note: read the text before attending the reading session. There will not be a full reading of the text during the session but a discussion on sections of the texts brought up by anyone who is taking part in the reading group. All texts can be downloaded from our website.

Additionally to the activity of exploring the texts together, a beautiful, brand new, state-of-the-art, ping-pong table is made available by ADA for all level of sporting and recreational fun. The studio is open to use daily for play and reading from 10:00-19:30.

Practical Information:
Monday 04 April – Sunday 01 May 2011
Duende | the Hessen Studio
Tamboerstraat 9, 3034 PT, Rotterdam

email: info@adarotterdam.nl
tel: 06-23980265