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.

'TURN-KEY HOME/ TWO IN ONE'

Kateřina Šedá
2010-
drawings, text

In her practice, Czech Artist Kateřina Šedá works in collaborations with groups of local residents, often from the post-socialist town in which she lives, to create rules for games or sets of instructions through which new forms of collective agency are realised. Although seemingly authoritative and absurd, the rules are developed in a process of conversation with the residents/participants and mutually constituted as a device to act together.

installation view at Casco


For GDR, Kateřina engages with a newly built senior housing complex, as part of a new quarter, ‘Neighbourhood of Your Life’, in Puttershoek (a Dutch town 10 kilometres south of Rotterdam). Like any new place, it still needs to be inhabited and lived. However, the architectural condition of the new complex obstructs the sense of communality previously enjoyed by the senior residents, making them nostalgic for their older home.

In order to stimulate them to become agents of change, Kateřina has been working closely with the elderly residents as well as staff members. The idea for the proposal is to reintroduce the old building as remembered by all those in the new building through a series of choreographed actions. As yet this proposal is still under discussion with the city council and awaits realisation. In collaboration with SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain.

installation view at Casco


Locations: Casco Themes: Domestic Space


All photos by Emilio Moreno unless stated otherwise


NOTES

Forum 'Let's Squat Something' - Photos














April, 2012 — posted by Casco



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