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.

'FOR POTATOES WE'VE GOT POTATOES'

Jort van der Laan
2010
booklet

A number of works have been developed out of a year-long seminar with a group of artists at the Dutch Art Institute/ArtEZ, including this booklet made by Jort van der Laan for the GDR apartment library.

installation view at Volksbuurt Museum with other 18B Pavilion objects


The booklet contains a collection of seven stories taken, translated, cut and rearranged by Jort from the book ‘Een lief, verlegen vrouwt je’ (A sweet, shy little lady) by Dutch writer Maarten Biesheuvel. According to the artist, a key to reading the booklet is that,

'In a Dutch context the potato refers to two things: Poverty, potatoes as the working-class dinner, and domestic work, the peeling of potatoes. A third thing could be revolution (the throwing of potatoes as a traditional weapon of protest), but in this story no revolution has started or has been announced.'

Jort also added that the stories are a gentle, ironic illustration of the encounters he experienced through the seminars, but it’s up to our readers to determine what they illustrate! In his practice, Jort explores the artistic twist of literary potential and the act of translation.



tear sheets from Part 6: Hans Nepperus


Locations: Volksbuurt Museum, 18B Pavilion
Themes: Domestic Work


All photos by Emilio Moreno unless stated otherwise


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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