‘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.


An introductory workshop on time/banking
Presented by Stroom
25 August, 17.00h

Illustration by Sara Paper Garcia

We exchange, accumulate, and consume cash on a daily basis. The monetary note is an elementary corner-stone of our social existence. Where does the value of this social medium come from? Should the government have full control over the economic protocols that distribute and represent the value of labor and our daily exchanges? Can we envision a currency model that would better compensate for the ways in which we are exchanging, producing, and consuming in the service sectors? What would this alternative economic infrastructure look like?

Join us for an introductory workshop on e-flux's time/bank! An alternative currency model that hopes to better facilitate the forms of exchange taking place in the creative sector and beyond.


Introduction to the Grand Domestic Revolution (GDR).
GDR Associate curator, Maiko Tanaka, will introduce Casco's Grand Domestic Revolution program and articulate key questions emerging from the project relating to value and specific modes of exchange in and from the domestic sphere.

What is Time/Bank?
The Time/Bank Den Haag managers team will give a basic introduction on time/banking and how this alternative currency model has operated in the Hague and at the Stroom Den Haag.

When goldsmiths became graphic designers...
Amsterdam based graphic designer, Chris Lee will present two significant historical examples of alternative currencies. Both emerged from conditions of severe financial crisis and were confrontations with the hegemony of fiat currencies. He will also propose that graphic design has a practical capacity to engage in monetary contestation.

Cases and results of Scrip, LETS and Time Banks for Anti-poverty policies
Miranda van Kuik will share the results of a research evaluating empirical data on scrip, LETS and Time Banks. Effects of these systems on poverty relief, provision of care, social integration and return of long-term unemployed to the labour market were evaluated.

Can alternative currencies be scaled up? Or are we happy with complementary currencies?
Geographer Patrice Riemens will discuss the problems that arise when we require alternative currencies systems to answer issues pertaining to 'seigneurage', the credit-savings/rent-interest/ and investment complex, banking and cross-currencies transfers, and the problem of taxation and redistribution.

Location: Casco, Nieuwekade 213-215, Utrecht Following the presentations there will be an informal group discussion and refreshments.

For more information visit the Stroom website here.



In Search of Lost Lime

Lime (linden) leaf madeleines

Today was time to crush the urban lime (linden) leaf to a fine powder, which had been drying against the windowsill of the GDR flat.

Drying linden leaves, indoors on tables, benches and the window sill

In times of wheat scarcity (notably during the second world war), some French people used pulverised lime leaf as a flour substitute. Last week I gathered leaves from the shoots that grow on the trunk of linden trees, along the Oude Gracht in Utrecht, and the quieter zone near Beatrix park as recommended by Wim Horst who is Utrecht Park Coordinator and tree authority.

Crushed lime leaf

As a first try-out, I used the lime leaf flower and lime flower honey to make plump little madeleines inspired by the French wartime use of lime flour together with Marcel Proust’s madeleine induced involuntary memory. Perhaps the most well-cited extract of Rembrance of Things Past is when Proust tatses a petite morsel of madeleine dipped in lime flower tea: The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object … which we do not suspect.)

Adapted recipe using lime flower honey and crushed lime flower leaves.

Madeleines: tried and approved by Dr Guo-Dong Wang in Sino Holland chinese herbalist practice (downstairs of GDR flat)

Modest ground-dwelling plate of madeleines shared during Anna Collin's presentation as part of Casco's 'Come Alive!' talks

24 June 2010, 18.06 — posted by Wietske