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.

WORKSHOP – FOUNDATION LOS

18th February 2010 GDR apartment, Bemuurde Weerd oz 18b

On the 18th of February Casco was one of the locations during the one-day conference of Foundation LOS (Landelijk Ongedocumenteerden Steunpunt) about the living conditions of the asylum seekers whose applications are denied. The occasion of this conference is the released publication ‘Live goes on: a study on the effects of the illegal policy on the lives of denied asylum seekers’, which describes how the asylum seekers, who did not meet the criteria of the municipal shelter centres, survived. The study paid attention to the bottlenecks that they encountered in the areas of housing, income, heath, employment and crime control. After an introduction on the research, the participants of the conference went along the involved organisations in Utrecht, where they elaborated these issues. Casco was one of these organisations, as Casco has supported the publication of this study. At the end of the day the results of the study were presented to the alderman of Utrecht, followed by a debate with policy advisors from other cities.

NOTES

Mobile gardening in Berlin by Potato Perspective

Mobile gardening in Berlin


During the season of 2010, 15 different potato varieties are planted in portable plastic sacs in Prinzessinnengarten, a mobile garden project in Berlin, Germany. The varieties are presented together with a chronological narrative; The Order Of Potatoes, A Potato-Perspective on A European Matter, spanning from 1587 until today. The harvest took place the 25th of September.

prinzessinnengarten.net
The Order of Potatoes, pdf Δ.


1 June 2011, 12.59 — posted by Casco


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