THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

USER'S MANUAL

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.

The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON to Tensta

Where: Tensta konsthall, Stockholm
When: Sat 18 Jan-Sun 18 May 2014
Opening: Sat 18 Jan

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger


The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON to Tensta konsthall with its library! 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.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger

A selection presented here is hosted in a setting of decorated objects by Stockholm-based artist duo Åsa Norberg and Jennie Sundén. The artists’ arrangement is a continuation of their earlier project, Years of thinking in common, which took as its starting point the social and political attitudes, lifestyles, and aesthetic ideals of the Bloomsbury Group, the art and design enterprise Omega Workshops, and the house Charleston where many of the group’s members spent a lot of time together.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger

The artists are interested in merging professional and private life as well as domestic and work spaces, creating arts and crafts in view of a larger endeavor to live collectively.



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BULLETIN


Regimes of Memorizing
Read-in
Mon 20-Thurs 23 Jan 2014, Casco & SMBA


Read-in invites you to join Regimes of Memorizing, a four-day workshop and closing presentation accompanied by Kristien Van den Brande and Mari Matre Larsen, members of Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.
More info here or on Read-in at www.read-in.info. 




GDR Goes On to Tensta
Sat 18 Jan-Sun 18 May 2014


The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON to Tensta konsthall with its library! Hosted in a setting of decorated objects by Stockholm-based artist duo Åsa Norberg and Jennie Sundén.
More info here. 




Casco Abroad
Opening: Fri 17 Jan 2014
at Bergen Kunsthall
In the Year of Quiet Sun

Solo exhibition by The Otolith Group with a series of new works co-commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall and Casco in partnership with Artsonje Center, Seoul

More info coming soon at http://www.cascoprojects.org/.




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