THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

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

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.

ARCHITECTURE IS A POOR PERFORMER




My name is Gonçalo Sena and I’ve just spent a week at the Casco House doing research. The title quotes Cedric Price, when he explains his role as an architect by “trying to make architecture a better performer, trying to find ways that might suggest the gaps that can’t be filled by anyone else, but at the present are not recognized as opportunities to make the human lot a bit better by architecture.”




Following the logics of research based in architectural aspects which suggest metaphorical contents that lean towards an understanding of human life in relationship with built structures, my interest focuses on elements that provide symbolic transferences between interior and exterior (private—public).

A wall from the Casco House serves as a board of collage for notes, drawings and pictures. Modular tensegrity structures, analogous to the research, are projected for the house main front window. It is easily manufactured and eventually will cover the respective window area.

1016 May 2010, 18.49 — posted by Gonçalo



Build your own tensegrity structure: user's manual



Based on properties of balance between tension and compression components, the tensegrity conceptual building block is applied and created by Gonçalo Sena eventually acting as support structures for the growing plants.

NOTES

Pac-man and shared interests!

www.pkmn.es


PKMN proposes the creation of Domestic Commons, a community that shares, develops and supports experiences on constructing a collective identity of the domestic. Therefore, a platform linked to Creative Commons will be created in an attempt to activate the flow of information, tools and data to instil life to new cycles of domestic research into open access.


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Rocío Pina and Carmelo Rodríguez (creator of the blog: arqueologiadelfuturo.blogspot.com) are members and co-founders of the group PKMN [pac-man] and ETSAM architects. PKMN [pac-man] is an office and group of architects trained in Madrid in 2006 as an open group for the production and application of architectural and multidisciplinary thought, tools and projects, working on concepts such as the city, body, identity, marketing, communication and memory.

From: Conexiones Improbables in Spain.


28 May 2011, 12.58 — posted by Maiko

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