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This page presents Casco's MISSION, ORGANIZATION, SUPPORTERS, NETWORK and DESIGN. 
 
 
MISSION 
 
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory was founded in 1990 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, as a platform for experimental art. Since 1996, Casco has developed a critical programme that explores art in the public realm, questioning the relation between art and its physical, social and political environment. 
 
Central to Casco's approach has been openness and flexibility towards programming, with projects taking multiple forms; be this in public space, a publication, a discussion, a workshop, exhibition, symposium or event. Since 1996 Casco has also sporadically published its own magazine, Casco Issues.  
 
In 2005 Casco took the new title of 'office for art, design and theory' in order to set a wider agenda towards an interdisciplinary practice that not only seeks to address these areas independently, but to venture into their cross-fertilizations, shared concepts, critical discourses, and their connections to other fields. Central to our investigation into these fields are the relationships between theory and practice.  
 
Casco maintains a questioning approach to culture, which is also applied to its own position in the cultural field. Besides pursuing different modes of artistic production, Casco seeks to open its own infrastructure up to experimentation in order to push the position of a visual arts organisation, both in the fields of art and design, and in wider social, cultural and political frameworks.  
 
After 15 years of being based on the Oudegracht, in January 2007 Casco moved to a new space on the Nieuwekade, which has an interior structure designed by Berlin-based designers ifau (institute for applied urbanism) and Jesko Fezer, titled ‘Shack and Fence’ which provides a flexible framework for the different formats that we work in. 
 
Casco was directed by Lisette Smits from 1996 to 2005. She was succeeded by Emily Pethick in August 2005; in June 2008, Binna Choi took over and is the current director. 
 
 
ORGANIZATION 
 
Team 
Ester Bartels, Office Coordinator, ester@cascoprojects.org 
Binna Choi, Director, binna@cascoprojects.org 
Sanne Oorthuizen, Development Coordinator, sanne@cascoprojects.org 
Suzanne Tiemersma, Project Coordinator, suzanne@cascoprojects.org 
Ying Que, Project & Casco Links Coordinator, ying@cascoprojects.org 
Yolande van der Heide, Publishing Coordinator, yolande@cascoprojects.org 
Marleen de Kok, Financial Administration, marleen@cascoprojects.org 
 
 
Board  
Charles Esche, Chairman 
Aetzel Griffioen 
Tilly Janssen 
Wendelien van Oldenborgh 
 
Artistic advisory board 
Eric de Bruyn 
Annette Krauss 
Andreas Müller 
 
 
SUPPORTERS 
 
Casco's programme is generously supported by: 
Mondriaan Fonds 
Gemeente Utrecht 
 
Casco's activities are also made possible with support from:  
Stichting DOEN 
European Union Culture Programme 
European Cultural Foundation 
Utrecht Manifest 
SIA-Raak 
Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds 
K.F. Hein Fonds 
Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds 
Danish Arts Council 
 
 
NETWORK 
 
COHAB (2012-2014)  
COHAB is a collaborative framework by Casco, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, and The Showroom, London.  
 
COHAB investigates meaningful ways in which artists and organisations can be deeply invested within their local contexts and at the same time form close dialogues on an international arena. Drawing on areas of commonality – such as our ‘situated’ ways of working – COHAB will link our work together more closely to explore themes that are relevant to each of us: questions of locality, community and ‘the commons’ in relation to forms of social and economic organisation, and more broadly, questions of cohabitation both on a local and European level, and aim to develop fresh models of how to work together as arts organisations. The project is comprised of a series of four ‘keynote’ artists’ productions; local ‘action research’ projects led by each organisation involving artists projects that will be developed with the participation of communities who share the concerns of the project. It also connects with the activities of Cluster. COHAB is supported by European Union Culture Programme (2007-2013). 
 
The title COHAB is borrowed from a project by Can Altay at Casco in 2011, developed in the framework of Circular Facts (2009-2011). 
 
Cluster  
Cluster is a network of eight internationally operating contemporary visual art organizations situated in residential areas on the peripheries of major European cities (plus one in Holon, an industrial zone outside of Tel Aviv). Each of these organizations are actively involved in their local contexts, fostering their embeddedness within their surroundings. Cluster was initiated in June 2011 in order to facilitate internal and public exchange of knowledge about how these types of institutions function and also to establish further collaborations between them. 
 
During 2012-2013 the group will collectively visit each of the organisations in the network. Each visit will include a combination of closed meetings, site visits, and public events, through which we will share the ongoing dialogues that will be generated through the project. Cluster members include Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; CAC Bretigny, Brétigny s/Orge; Les Laboratoires D’Aubervillers, Aubervillers; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; The Showroom, London; CA2M Centro Dos De Mayo, Madrid; The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon and Parasite Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana. Cluster is financially supported by the European Cultural Foundation.  
 
Circular Facts (2009-2011) 
Circular Facts is a collaborative endeavor between three European contemporary art organizations: Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp and The Showroom, London in partnership with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Electric Palm Tree. It functions as an informal think-tank and a mutual support structure that works as a hub for the production and dissemination of artistic projects. The emphasis of the collaboration is on finding non-bureaucratic ways of working together, the sharing of imaginative thinking, and open-ended forms of circulation, that resulted in several artistic production and the publication. More information on Circular Facts is available here. Circular Facts was funded by the European Union Culture Programme. To order the book, please click here
 
De Zaak Nu 
De Zaak Nu is a Dutch interest group that represents presentation organizations and institutions, such as artists run spaces and art centers, whose main priority is the presentation and production of contemporary art (and not the collecting or selling of art for example). De Zaak Nu currently has 70 members throughout the Netherlands. 
More information is available here
 
BK–NU 
BK–NU (Beeldende Kunst Netwerk Utrecht) is the name of the Utrecht art network that brings together six institutions for contemporary art: Academiegalerie; BAK, basis voor actuele kunst; Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory; Expodium; FOTODOK; and Impakt. BK–NU focuses on art, design, fashion, media arts, documentary photography, and art in the public space, thus covering a broad spectrum within the arts sector in Utrecht. 
 
The BK–NU institutions are involved in each other's programs and advance the position of contemporary art in Utrecht. They are highly aware of the importance of diversity for a fertile artistic environment in the city. In the dynamic cultural climate of today, where collaboration, innovation, public outreach, and participation are more important than ever, the institutions will invest more in being visible to a wide audience in Utrecht, making an even stronger commitment to creating exhibitions, lectures, projects, and presentations. 
 
 
DESIGN 
 
Identity & Communication Design 
Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner 
 
Website Design* 
Luna Maurer  
Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner 
 
Interaction 
Marije ten Brink 
 
Programming 
Karel de Vos 
 
*This site has a double search engine that allows visitors to view Casco’s programme in both a linear, chronological order and through a non-linear, thematic path. Through the content-driven searches the site seeks to highlight the various thematic threads that run through the programme and the various connection points between different projects. Here various other content is also brought into the site, including contextual information that expands upon the projects and themes, and links to other site.