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Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures & art book fairs!
Issues, 29 Sep – 27 Nov 2011EN / NLPrint 

Casco Issues is a magazine published by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, which explores recurring issues that emerge from Casco’s programme. It centres on artists' and designers’ writings and other unconventional forms of publishing. 
 
The twelfth edition of Casco Issues, ’Generous Structures’, focuses on “playfulness” as a value in critical cultural practice. As a playful inquiry, it positions alternative notions of playing against the grain of neoliberal ideologies of “lifelong learning” and “work as play”. 
 
Contributions by Zayne Armstrong, Ei Arakawa, Bob Black, Augusto Boal, Ruth Buchanan, Binna Choi, common room, Paul Elliman, ifau & Jesko Fezer, Zachary Formwalt, Beatrice Gibson with Will Holder and John Tilbury, Kleines postfordistisches Drama, Mattin, Hwayeon Nam, Merijn Oudenampsen, Nam June Paik, Anne Querrien, David Reinfurt, Margit Rosen, Katerina Seda, Axel Wieder 
 
Edited by Binna Choi and Axel Wieder 
Design by Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner in collaboration with Sam de Groot 
Co-published by Casco, Utrecht and Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011 
 
Book order via email:` 
 
publications@cascoprojects.org 
mail@sternberg-press.com 
 
ISBN 978-1-934105-33-7 
€ 19 / $ 24.95 
 
This book is made possible with support by the Mondriaan Foundation, Utrecht City Council and European Union Culture Programme. 
 
'Generous Structures' travels: 
 
Acting as a nomadic structure, ‘Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures’ will lend itself as a point of departure for a series of formal and informal presentations, commentaries and footnotes at art book fairs, bookshops or other occasions in which publishing is concerned. It will touch upon diverse and entangled issues such as mutual learning, open space, collective action, generosity, noise, institutional practice, design games, work versus play and living labour. 
 
NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1 New York, 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2011 
www.nyartbookfair.com 
 
The book will be presented in a dialogical game in the context of 'The Classroom' programme of the book fair on 1 October at 16.00 hrs. Through random series of images from the book, Felicity Scott and Axel Wieder, co-editor of 'Generous Structure', will discuss what it could be playful practices since the 70's up to now and shifting context around the notion of play for last decades. The dialogue will leave the narrative of the book and re-connect the contributions with different fields of knowledge. 
 
Felicity D. Scott is assistant professor of architecture and director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. She is also a founding co-editor of Grey Room, a quarterly journal of architecture, art, media, and politics published quarterly by MIT Press since Fall 2000. 
 
Publishing Class, Dutch Art Institute / ArtEZ (DAI), Arnhem, 20 Oct 2011 
www.dutchartinstitute.nl 
 
‘Designers Are From Venus, Editors Are From Mars’ 
Public lecture by Sam de Groot & discussion moderated by the ‘Generous Structures’ editors Binna Choi and Axel Wieder 
20.00 pm at our auditorium at Kortestraat 27 
 
This evening opens up the retrospective dialogue between editor and designer often taking place behind doors and invites designer Sam de Groot, who collaborated with Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner for the design of ‘Generous Structures’, to speak about their design considerations and engage in dialogue with co-editors Axel Wieder and Binna Choi with his other design examples. 
 
Sam de Groot says: “As designers I think we're often shooting a bit in the dark. We think that certain formal decisions have specific implications/effects on the content but there is a lot of guessing and assuming involved and in the end there is usually not too much time for critical dissection of this during or after the process.” 
 
Pa/per View, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 28 – 30 Oct 2011 
www.paperviewartbookfair.org 
 
Motto Zürich/Corner College, 18 Nov 2011 
www.mottodistribution.com,www.corner-college.com 
 
Opening the evening with the film 'Glory of the Garden' (HD-Video, 14 min, 2009) by Marion von Osten, a slow-tempo satire of change in the art institutional structure over the last decades, this evening will focus on the bio-political aspect of an institutional operation. It will reference Katerina Seda's practice, as well as the sociological approach in Mary Kelly, Margaret Harrison and Kay Hunt's ‘Women and Work’ as both put emphasis on the "daily regimes" of villagers and workers. Deductively, we can draw from the daily regimes of different "institutions", ranging from highly established ones to self-organised spaces, and groups, especially in light of Bob Black's article ‘The Abolition of Work’ and the recent article 'Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street' by Judith Butler whereby she criticizes Hannah Arendt’s narrow concept of what action can be. The question then of course would be: what changes do we want and what can we do to the established daily regimes?  
 
Miss Read, 25 – 27 Nov 2011, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 
www.kw-berlin.de 
Bill Dietz and Micah Silver in conversation with Binna Choi and Axel Wieder on improvisation as a critical practice? 
Film by Beatrice Gibson: Agatha (Rough Cut), 15 min., 2011 
 
2HB: What we make with words, CCA Glasgow, 17 Dec 2011 
www.cca-glasgow.com