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.

'ASSEMBLY (The Grand Domestic Revolution)'

Agency
1992-
various materials

Over the course of the GDR project, Agency presented a series of ASSEMBLIES relating to copyright cases involving Things typically situated in the domestic sphere or contextualised as a domestic activity, including a cake recipe, children’s costumes and a demolished community garden. Agency’s three ‘domestic’ cases for GDR are dispersed throughout the venues of the exhibition, prompting us to think about the very peculiar status of domestic ‘things’ in terms of property and authorship. Could their status in-between ‘private’ and ‘productive’, as performed by Agency, be activated towards new ‘subjects’ beyond rationalist and legal definitions of function and originality?

Thing 001062 (children’s costumes), Rubie’s Costume, installation view at Casco


Thing 000848 (Healthy Habit Cookbook) and Thing 000851 (Great Tasting Recipes), installation view at Volksbuurt Museum


Thing 001359 (Chico Mendez Mural Garden), installation view at De Rooie Rat


Agency, the generic name of a Brussels-based agency founded in 1992 by artist Kobe Matthys, constitutes an evolving list of things that ‘witness hesitation’ in the bifurcation of nature into classifications of ‘nature’ and ‘culture’. This ongoing list of Things is based on controversies, affairs, lawsuits and cases around intellectual property, all of which problematise this conceptual bifurcation.


Locations: Casco, Volksbuurt Museum, De Rooie Rat
Themes: Domestic Properties


All photos by Emilio Moreno unless stated otherwise


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NOTES

Forum 'Let's Squat Something' - Photos














April, 2012 — posted by Casco



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