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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 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. (

For more information on The World Inside Out:

‘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)

Upcoming: March 2011

February 1, 2011

When the Landscape Begins to Map the Cartographer (4.3.2011)

The article When the Landscape Begins to Map the Cartographer will be published on the 4th of March by P.A.I.R, (a mobile, artists initiative by PeerGrouP, the northern Holland based theatre company specializing in site-specific theatre.)

Since 2009, P.A.I.R has offered temporary residence for international artists. Selected artists make a given theme their starting point, relating to their surroundings and neighbours, making use of their knowledge, art and tools.

In 2010 the theme was chorography and I was invited by Henry J. Alles from P.A.I.R to write about this subject in relation to the specific residency of Louie+Jesse, an English artist duo.

The resulting text: When The Landscape Begins to Map The Cartographer will be published in the publication P.A.I.R. 2010 Chorografie and on this website after the 4th of March.


December 11, 2008




13 January, 19.30

Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices

Book launch and screening programme


“Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices” orbits around the subjects of memory, voice and the body – more specifically around instances where our habitual abilities to sense, remember, and speak are somehow disrupted or suspended. Such shifts and ruptures may occur through experiences such as living under an oppressive regime, migration, trying to make oneself understood in a foreign language, or through physical inhibitions like aphasia or stuttering. It is exactly at moments when we struggle with memory, when language fails us or our voice breaks, when our bodies are affected by inhibitions or prohibitions, that it becomes pertinent what values we attach to memory, voice and the body, and what roles they have in shaping our subjectivity and our status as subjects.

It has become common to understand memory, voice and even bodily knowledge and sensations as something we not simply have, but something we do. But when the ability to remember, feel or speak gets disrupted, even this sense that we are engaged in doing – in interacting with and acting in the world – becomes a question. What happens to our sense of self and our relation to others when we try to relate to places where we are not, to a voice that does not seem to be our own, or to a body that we don’t seem to be in control of?

The publication “Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices” is edited by Anke Bangma, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Lina Issa and Katarina Zdjelar, and contains texts and artist’s contributions by Ernst van Alphen, Özlem Altin, Steven Connor, Mladen Dolar, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Jeroen Fabius, Brigitte Felderer, Gunndís Yr Finnbogadóttir, Lina Issa, Suely Rolnik, Imogen Stidworthy, Jalal Toufic, and Katarina Zdjelar. Design by Johanna Bilak. 

A special screening programme accompanies the launch of this publication, with films and audio works by amongst others Samuel Beckett, Lina Issa & Fanni Futterknecht, Alvin Lucier, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy, Katarina Zdjelar, and Artur Zmijewksi.

Location: Piet Zwart Institute  |  Mauritsstraat 36  |  3012 GC  Rotterdam



April 7, 2008

A new publication coming out in 2008:


The contributors to this publication each in different ways reconsider the relation between mind and body, apparatus and signification, interiority and exteriority, when we are making sense of the past and the present. The indivisibility between these categories especially gains pertinence when the body, memory and language are somehow dislocated or dissociated, and thus caught in an impossible division – through migration, through technological mediatisation (as in speech machines, telephone, cinema), or through a breakdown of habitually established abilities (as in amnesia or aphasia).

Edited by Anke Bangma, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Lina Issa, Katarina Zdjelar.

With contributions by Ernst van Alphen, Özlem Altin, Steven Connor, Mladen Dolar, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Jeroen Fabius, Brigitte Felderer, Gunndís Yr Finnbogadóttir, Lina Issa, Suely Rolnik, Imogen Stidworthy, Jalal Toufic, Katarina Zdjelar.

Designed by Johanna Bilak/T Y P O T H E Q U E

Published by PZI, Rotterdam and Revolver, Frankfurt.