‘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.



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.



'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.





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.


Ask! in collaboration with Andreas Siekmann
video, flyers, shirts, aprons, stencils

Ask! is a group of cultural workers making alliances with (migrant) domestic workers in the Netherlands to research and address the conditions and demands of domestic work today. Ask! stands for Actie Schone Kunsten, a punning name using the traditional Dutch term for ‘fine arts’, which can also be read as ‘clean arts’.

Ask! inverse graffiti documentation with 'Why We Work Together' flyers at Rooie Rat bookstore

The group formed after the GDR Town Meetings on the status of domestic labour in the Netherlands. By organising public actions and experimenting with forms of visual representation and rhetorical strategies, Ask! challenges the known gap between ‘real politics’ and the political, questioning the dominant economic systems that devalue our work and our rights for decent work and living.

Presented here is documentation from their five-point thesis, WHY WE WORK TOGETHER, and reverse graffiti campaign in ‘dirty’ areas of Utrecht, using isotypes depicting an ‘army’ of domestic workers created by Berlin artist Andreas Siekmann. The campaign video is edited by Reinilde Jonkhout.

installation view of 'Recognition and Respect for Domestic Work' campaign video at Rooie Rat

installation view of isotype of inverse graffiti stencils at Casco

For more information and to join, visit
You can also view the entire campaign video here.

Locations: Casco De Rooie Rat
Themes: Domestic Work

All photos by Emilio Moreno unless stated otherwise


Pac-man and shared interests!

PKMN proposes the creation of Domestic Commons, a community that shares, develops and supports experiences on constructing a collective identity of the domestic. Therefore, a platform linked to Creative Commons will be created in an attempt to activate the flow of information, tools and data to instil life to new cycles of domestic research into open access.

more from their website

Rocío Pina and Carmelo Rodríguez (creator of the blog: are members and co-founders of the group PKMN [pac-man] and ETSAM architects. PKMN [pac-man] is an office and group of architects trained in Madrid in 2006 as an open group for the production and application of architectural and multidisciplinary thought, tools and projects, working on concepts such as the city, body, identity, marketing, communication and memory.

From: Conexiones Improbables in Spain.

28 May 2011, 12.58 — posted by Maiko