‘The Grand Domestic Revolution—User’s Manual’ (GDR) investigates the domestic space and its (changing) use through a variety of methods and disciplines, traversing the fields of art, design, architecture, urban planning, activism and theory. A number of artists and other practitioners contribute to this endeavour. Residents from 2009-2011 include Sepake Angiama, Paul Elliman, and Doris Denekamp who utilized neighbourhood and online research to create prototypes and interventions around the theme of (Green) Cooperativsm. Wietske Maas and Travis Meinolf experimented with Home Production; while 'interor' infrastuctural interventions for the furniture, library and hallways were created by ifau & Jesko Fezer, Mirjam Thomann and Graziela Kunsch. Current themes and residents from February–October 2011 include Kyohei Sakaguchi and Kateřina Šedá who will each investigate forms of usership in architectures; home and housing rights with Maria Pask and Nazima Kadir; the question of invisible and domestic labour taken up by Werker Magazine; Agency will continue its deliberations on copyright issues of domestic THINGS (gardens and textiles); and keywords in relations to food service work will be workshopped with Xu Tan. Parallel to this, the Read-in activity continues. Initiated by artist Annette Krauss and theatre maker, Read-in is an open reading group inhabiting a different neighbour’s home for every session.


The GDR library constitutes the backbone of our ongoing ‘living research’ and thus grows over time. The library offers points of engagement with the project and consists of different research materials such as books, articles, images and DVDs (artist’s video, films) that are available for viewing when visiting the apartment. The first installment was done by the GDR team and was later adapted by Sao Paulo-based artist Graziela Kunsch who suggested that the GDR team create thematic selections.



'The Grand Domestic Revolution-User's Manual' is a long-term project developed as Casco’s contribution to 'Utrecht Manifest: Biennial for Social Design'. The project deals with the evolutionary and collaborative process of “living” research in the contemporary domestic and private sphere – particularly in relation to the spatial imagining (or the built environment). It aims at re-articulating while exercising the notions of the social, the public and, eventually, the commons.





Since August 2010, the GDR team have undertaken research in order to connect with the local neighbourhood on questions relating to peoples’ social conditions and material environments. Questionnaires, interviews, and conversations are the methods used to explore the themes and problems addressed in GDR, such as self-organised governance, co-operative living, and spatial organisation in and from the domestic sphere.


Michael Zinganel, Secession, 20.11.1998-17.01.1999, Der Secession, 1998

Saskia Janssen and George Korsmit, Gimme Shelter #4, Rainbow Soulclub, 2007

Anke Bangma, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Lina Issa and Katarina Zdjelar, Resonant Bodies, Voices, Memories, Revolver, 2008

B.L. Warde, The Shelter in Bedlem, Privately printed, 1938

Ulrike Muller, Work the Room, b_books, 2006

David and Jeanie Stiles, Threehouses & Playhouses you can build, Gibbs Smith, 2006

Apartemento, An Everyday Life Interiors Magazine, Issue #03

Matthew Stadler, The Back Room: an anthology, Clear Cut Press, 2007

Chris Evans, The Freedom of Negative Expression

Jan Turnovsky, The Poetics of a Wall Projection, Translated by Kent Kleinman, Architectural Association, 2009

Vernon Richards, George Orwell at home (and among the Anarchists): essays and photographs, Freedom Press, 1998

George Perec, Life a User’s Manual, D.R. Godine, 1987 What is Art?

Essays by Volker Harlan, What is Art? Conversations with Joseph Beuys, Clairview Books, 2004

Martha Rosler, Decoys and Disruptions, MIT press, 2004

Edited by Irene Cieraad, At Home: Anthropology of Domestic Space, Syracuse University Press, 1999

The Production of Space, Henri Lefebvre, Blackwell Publishing, 1991


Seed Archive: research on urban homesteading and seed loans

Sunflower seeds at GDR

Nance Klehm is an urban homesteader and seed archivist. She founded the project Spontaneous Vegetation in which she organises a whole scale of activities like urban foraging walks and the building vermicomposting and humanmanure systems. One of her projects is a seed archive which connects to our own small GDR seed archive assembled by the seed swap organised by The Centre of Cooperative Living.

from her website:

''A public archive of healthy seeds collected from many places and people

Seeds are alive. Seeds need to be carefully stored in order to remain healthy and assure their germination. The seed archive is particularly interested in seed that is for food or medicinals, habitat creating as well as soil building. The archive only accepts, stores and loans viable, well-identified seeds.

The seed archive is housed in Chicago; seed is loaned for free to those who are committed to growing them, enjoying them and returning some of the next generation of seed back to store at the seed archive. Some seed is in smaller quantities and needs to be grown out from year to year to increase its supply. If you are interested in being a grower, let me know.''

13 December 2010, 23.09 — posted by Doris