P for Performance (Everyday Exercising)

A series of event like performative art. Concept by Maja Bekan

These thematic performative events are inspired by never-ending enthusiasm of my mother’s dedication to improve my life by introducing me to variety of products using home-sale (Tupperware like) parties.

My interest in these events lies in the procedures of membership, the initiation and rituals of people who congregate around certain object, or the ideas behind them.

What is the nature of the apparatus and the ideological ideas behind it? How are our desires and our anxieties mediated in complex ways by the representations of the others that surround us? How can people congregate around a product and make the experience of it a social space?

The performative evenings aim to be an open platform for investigation, where one might take various roles – as a performer, participant or spectator. The events envision an encounter of the guests among each other and with the works (performances, imagery/objects, lectures and talks). The participants of this enquiry are invited to take over different positions: whether one is a moderator, explorer, presenter or a visitor to the place.

P for Performance (Everyday Exercising) is part of an ongoing project by Maja Bekan: SECRET Powers for Identity, Security and Self-respect in Troubling Times. The aim of the performance events  is to try to critically engage into the investigation of the artist’s role as a producer and advertiser.

P for Performance has an open call for submission. If you are interested in sharing your ‘product/idea’ with our guests, do not hesitate and apply. You can send your ideas and proposals to: pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com

Practical information:
The events are scheduled to take place once a month. Invitation to P for Performance will happen by mail. If you like to be notified please send an email to: pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com

Maja Bekan
P for Performance (Everyday Exercising)


Open Office for Words

A project organized by Deirdre M. Donoghue


The Open Office for Words is a cross-disciplinary thematic reference library that comes into being for a few hours every month. Its premise is to function as a momentary culmination and dissemination of (written) knowledge, made possible by the collective act of sharing ones texts whether part of a literary or theoretical tradition. The hopeful wish and intention of The Open Office For Words is to facilitate the pooling together of resources in a friendly, semi-intimate space and to create a situation that can allow for chance meetings and conversations between people across different disciplines interested in similar subjects, as well as quiet reading.
How it works:
Through a mail-out you will be informed about the next thematic topic.
You can then search through your own resources and see whether you have something to contribute. The users of The Office are then invited and welcomed to bring in reading material, such as books, journals, research papers and images related to the months thematic topic. It is also possible to contribute artworks, documentaries and interviews on a dvd-format. Note: the connections between source materials and topics can be loose as well as explicit, however they should not be purely associative.

Inform The Office in advance about any possible material that you may have and wish to contribute. Then bring it with you. You can also mail in text suggestions.

Participants can not lend the material out, but rather use The Open Office as a reading room in order to be inspired, informed and introduced to how ideas and related topics are dealt and covered within various fields, such as literature, cultural theory, philosophy and the arts. Where certain key texts are not present, a readinglist will be (collectively) put together.

There will be a photocopier in The Office, which the users can avail off for the making of max.5 free photocopies each and only of the source material available at The Office.

After the closing hour of the library, the participants will take their personal books etc. back. Every temporary donation will be carefully noted down by The Office, so that each contributor will have their materials well taken care of and safely returned after the two hours.

The Office serves herbal tea and homemade cakes.

Practical Information:
The Office will be open every first Sunday of the month for two hours between 13.00-15.00. The first Open Office will take place on the 18th of January 2009, followed by the regular first Sunday of the month. Studio 207.

Deirdre Donoghue
The Open Office for Words

T: 06-53323708


Cinema Sunset

As darkness falls, the cinema starts!

Cinema Sunset offers a series of monthly film screenings commencing at sunset. The programme comprises of iconic films that are often referred to, but which you still might not have seen. The more obscure works from well-known directors or films in the theme of other ADA projects.

Cinema Sunset is open for suggestions. Do you want to share a remarkable film with us and give a short introduction on the film of your choice? Please contact Margo Onnes.

Margo Onnes


Zicht op Zalmhaven

A project organized by Esmé Valk


Zicht op Zalmhaven, meaning “Salmon Harbour View”, is a single-table restaurant to which guests are invited for a three course meal and an interdisciplinary conversation. The invitees are working in the fields of art, philosophy, social science, cultural theory and history. Among the guests have been Joel Anderson, Dora García, Frans-Willem Korsten, Wouter Osterholt, Elke Uitentuis and others.

Zicht op Zalmhaven aims for the exchange of thoughts and ideas between people in the hope that new perspectives on a given subject can come to exist and feed back into ones own research. The restaurant will start by hosting four evenings on the subjects: Autonomy, Agency and Free Will, Gesture, Display and Body Language, Self-Organzing Structures and Reading the City.

The chosen subjects come forth from the interests and questions the artist and organizer, Esmé Valk, deals with in her artistic practice. As such the project Zicht op Zalmhaven can be seen as an alternative form of doing research, one that finds its foundation in sharing. Sharing by the guests of their research, interests, and questions through conversation and sharing by the host through the preparation of a dedicated meal and environment.

The meals themselves take place in a private setting. Afterwards the content of the conversation will be made public in the form of a PDF transcript which can be downloaded at: http://zichtopzalmhaven.esmevalk.com


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