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.

GDR EXHIBITION DESIGN

Ruth Buchanan and Andreas Müller
Casco, Volksbuurt Museum and Rooie Rat

For the exhibition design, artist Ruth Buchanan and architect Andreas Müller focuses on the Casco space to transform it in the way of actualising the domestic sphere as a space that can offer other modalities of being such as openness, vulnerability and generosity and therefore actively reinterpreting its social and political potential. For them, the key is its singularlisation, distanced from the demands of networked living and the ubiquity of IKEA culture, as yet, to be distinguished from the individualistic. In doing so, they also removed part of Casco’s ‘Shack and Fence’ spatial structure to become the material structure of the ‘18B Pavilion’.

spatial design views of Casco below

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For the Volksbuurt Museum and Rooie Rat bookstore, a more subtle system was suggested: ifau & Jesko Fezer’s ‘Many Furniture’ items leftover from the GDR apartment, are now painted sky blue, the code for ‘publicity’ (see original colour key on reverse side), and used to signal the cohabitation of our exhibition works among the existing items in these extended venues.

NOTES

GDR Futurist Writing School - Photos













photos by Casco and Marielle Verdijk


March 2012, — posted by Casco



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