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.

'EXPERIMENTAL KITCHEN PHARMACY'

Wietske Maas
2010-2011
audio field guide, bottled honey brew

Amsterdam-based urban food researcher Wietske Maas initiated EXPERIMENTAL KITCHEN PHARMACY in June 2010 to transform ingredients collected from the neighbourhoods of Utrecht into treatments for common illnesses.

installation view of honey brew and audio player at Casco


Gathering knowledge from our former Chinese herbalist neighbour, an epidemiologist, pharmacists and others, Wietske mapped out the edible geography of the city. The hygiene, toxicity, medicinal qualities, urban food supply routes and politics of her collection are recorded in an audio field guide. Her project asks: How can we use our neighbourhood and city as a remedy against our ever-increasing dependency on the pharmaceutical industry? To what extent can we make unofficial knowledge collective and resist its privatisation? What new relations might emerge when users of these ‘fruits’ benefit more than the agents of biotech industries?

The honey ferment brewing in the Casco is a practical feminist experiment in the combination of knowledge. Join us for a communal toast at the end of its fermentation!

brewing process


Wietske's communal toast during GDR Digest, February 2012


Locations: Casco Themes: Domestic Properties


All photos by Emilio Moreno unless stated otherwise


NOTES

TOWN MEETING MAY PHOTOS
The AVANT GARDEN and artistic (de)fense

Saturday 28 May 2011, 13.00-17.00h
GDR apartment, Bemuurde Weerd o.z.18b.

'The Cook, The Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour' presentation by Henriette Waal (Wilde Westen collective)



'The Cook, The Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour' presentation by Henriette Waal (Wilde Westen collective)



Thing 1359 'Chico Mendez Mural Garden' a proposal to the neighborhood by Agency and Casco of a long-term communal garden



Thing 1359 'Chico Mendez Mural Garden' a proposal to the neighborhood by Agency and Casco of a long-term communal garden



Thing 1359 'Chico Mendez Mural Garden' a proposal to the neighborhood by Agency and Casco of a long-term communal garden



The 'Meal Machine' harvest lead by Doris Denekamp



The 'Meal Machine' harvest lead by Doris Denekamp



The 'Meal Machine' harvest lead by Doris Denekamp



The 'Meal Machine' collective meal preparation



The 'Meal Machine' green soup of radish leaves with potato, onion, carrot and sun dried tomatoes



The 'Meal Machine' radish, endive, cheese salad


6 June 2011, 11.03 — posted by Casco


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