THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

USER'S MANUAL

USER'S MANUAL

‘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.

LIBRARY

LIBRARY

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.

APARTMENT 18B

APARTMENT 18B

'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.

TOWN MEETINGS

IN AFFINITY

IN AFFINITY

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.

HOME CINEMA '5, RUE SAINT-BENOIT'

20 October 2009
Screening & Conversation with artist Haegue Yang

Home Cinema space



Artist Haegue Yang hosts the screening of the film ‘Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself’ (2003) by Dominique Auvray. The film is a portrait of Marguerite Duras; her literary and political life in relation to family histories, relationships and friendships. The screening is accompanied by conversations and dinner. ’5 Rue Saint Benoit’ is the address of the Dura’s flat in Paris.

Dominique Auvray, Marguerite: A Reflection of Herself. Brooklyn, N.Y.: First Run / Icarus Films, 2002. VHS, 61 minutes. Color and black and white. Excerpts from the review of the film on H-France Review Vol. 6 (May 2006), No. 60

As Duras explains, she experienced something of the communist dream with the Rue Saint-Benoît Group in the fifties. By then, Duras (first married to Robert Antelme, then the companion of Dionys Mascolo) had bought her flat in the sixth arrondissement in Paris in the rue Saint-Benoît. There she entertained Elio Vittorini, Georges Bataille, Raymond Queneau, Michel Leiris, Maurice Blanchot, Louis-Renès des Forêts, and Claude Roy, amongst others. Auvray, in the only sequence of her film that relies on third-person testimony, uses extracts of interviews with Edgar Morin, Jean-Toussaint Dessanti, and Jacques-Francis Rolland to recreate the atmosphere of the years of the Rue Saint-Benoît Group: the mixture of political and philosophical discussions and conviviality which revolved around Marguerite Duras’ hospitality and cooking. In Dessanti’s words, it was “a place of sharing and mutual respect.”

Cooking and other domestic affairs occupy a large part of this documentary, as do the places where Duras lived and worked. The camera shows us the flat in the rue Saint-Benoît, as well as the house and garden of Neauphle-le-château (where some of Duras’ films were shot). We do not see her flat in Trouville, in the Hôtel des Roches Noires, but we get long shots of the sea and the play of light on the clouds and water that Duras herself evoked so well. Duras’ presence and her writing pervade these places, and seeing them brings a further understanding of her personality.

Thanks to: Lori Fried/Icarus Films

Watching the film


Cozy


NOTES

Victory Garden

No Work

No Garden

No Work

No Spuds

No Turnips

No Tanks

No Flying Fortress

No Victory

Bear that in mind, all you Victory Gardeners and work for VICTORY!

Propaganda film for the Victory Garden during WWII here *Embed video here


26 January 2011, 11.52 — posted by Doris

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