‘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.

The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON—MALMÖ

Where: Malmö Konstmuseum
When: 6 June–7 September 2014
Opening: 5 June 18:00 – 21:00 hrs

Justitia in profile, "Suffrage for women, Merry christmas and happy new year 1914," University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

Having recently closed in Stockholm, the Grand Domestic Revolution – GOES ON once again and takes its library with it — to Malmö! The library is a growing collection of over 200 books, documents, and films considered to be “revolutionary” tools concerning domestic labor, organizing, artistic and architectural methods of participation and cooperation, feminism, alternative economies, philosophical inquiries into community, and feminist utopian science fiction.

Elin Wägner, 1882-1949, by the gathered name for the petition for women's suffrage, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

The growing selection of titles is to be shared with the public attending A Voice of One's Own - On Women’s Fight for Suffrage and Human Recognition (6 June – 7 September 7 2014) at Malmö Konstmuseum. This exhibition reflects on the struggle for women’s suffrage, specifically picking up on The Swedish Women’s Exhibition in Malmö 1914 in order to rake in strategies to enhance gender equality. Read more about the exhibition and participating artists here.

Read-in at GDR apartment, Utrecht, 2010

Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood, or take a closer look at the GDR booklist here!

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Philanthropic Pharmacy

Pharmacopoea Ultrajectina. The first Utrecht pharmacist User's Manual printed in 1656

Pharmacopoea (spelling variation: pharmacopoiea) is a pharmaceutical manual listing medicinal drugs with their effects and directions for use. Today I looked at several very old copies of pharmacist manuals made and published in Utrecht in one of the Utrecht city archives holdings. The first Pharmacopoea ever to be made in Utrecht the Pharmacopoea Ultrajectina is a very small pocket sized booklet (entirely in Latin) published in 1656. Most of the ‘drug’ sources come directly from plants (roots, leaves, sap, flowers, bark and seed), animal parts, extracts or faeces (among some of the ingredients are crayfish eyes, honey, cow stomach bile, or jaws of a snook), minerals,  flours, and sea vegetables (sponges).

A much later version, ‘Pharmacopoea Pauperum’ (Armen Apotheek, Pharmacy for the Poor), published in 1830, was written as a kind of welfare pharmaceutical production manual for pharmacists to make and sell medicines at a minimum cost so poor people could also be properly treated.

‘Armen Apotheek’ Utrecht Pharmacy manual for making economical prescriptions for those who could not easily afford medicines

Pharmacopoea Pauperum. Another edition of the Utrecht Pharmacist’s manual for making inexpensive medicine

24 June 2010, 23.30 — posted by Wietske