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.

WHO's THERE?

List of Temporary GDR tenants to date.

Xu Tan 29 June - 20 July 2011 // Graziela Kunsch 30 May - 18 June 2011 // Can Altay 7-22 May // Valerie Tavere, Angel Nevares & Giana Tavere Nevares 18 April - 2 May 2011 // Jesper Nordahl 13-17 April 2011 // Hiwa K. February-March 2011 // Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand January 2011 // Doris Denekamp & Arend Groosman on and off January 2011 // Travis Meinolf 27 December 2010 - 2 January 2011 // Doris Denekamp & Arend Groosman 13-26 December 2010 // Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand 30 November - 4 December 2010 // Patricia Sousa 23-26 November 2010 // Atelier d’architecture autogérée 20-22 November // Janna Graham & Åbäke 20-22 November // Levan Asabashvili 21 November 2010 // Atelier d’architecture autogérée 21 November 2010 // Anna Dijkhuis 21 November 2010 // Cohabitation Strategies 21 November 2010 // Nazima Kadir 21 November 2010 // Patrick Lacey 21 November 2010// Ruth Buchanan, Kirsty Robertson & Travis Meinolf 27-30 October 2010 // Agency 28 October 2010 // Phil Collins, Michele Faguet & Tamar Guimares // Chris Lee & Maiko Tanaka August-September 2010 // Emilio Moreno (DAI project group) 29-31 July 2010 // Paul Elliman 7-28 July 2010 // Katerˇina Šedá 9-11 July 2010 // Jort van der Laan (DAI project group) 28 June - 3 July 2010 // Wietske Maas 15-25 June 2010 // Chris Lee 31 May-13 June 2010 // Mafalda Dâmaso 17-28 May 2010 // Gonçalo Sena (DAI project group) 10-16 May 2010 // Ei Arakawa, Sergei Tcherepnin & Gela Patashuri 17-29 April 2010 // Sepake Angiama & Doris Denekamp (DAI project group) 29 March - 19 April 2010 // Ruth Buchanan & Andreas Müller 5-29 March 2010 // Marina Vishmidt 18-20 February 2010 // Travis Meinolf 6-20 February 2010 // Graziela Kunsch 12 January - 6 February 2010 // Annette Krauss & Hilde Tuinstra (Read-in) 20 February 2010 (and ongoing) // Martha Rosler 13-18 January 2010 // Ei Arakawa 10-12 January 2010 // Valerie Tevere, Angel Nevarez & Giana Nevarez Tevere 6-10 January 2010 // Gonçalo Sena & Emilio Moreno (DAI project group) 18-21 December 2009 // Artez Design Critique group 10-17 December 2009 // ifau, Jesko Fezer & family 27-29 November 2009 // Mirjam Thomann 19 November - 5 December 2009 // Marina Vishmidt & Axel Wieder 14-18 November 2009 // HKU Creative Lab 9-13 November 2009 // Haegue Yang 20-21 October 2009 // Sepake Angiama 9-11 October 2009 // Ade Darmawan & Reza Afisina (Ruangrupa) 5-19 October 2009 //

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NOTES

GDR Diary 4: Out loud


I believe that, in a way, most of the GDR library’s documents can be read as possible approaches or tentative answers to the question that was mentioned in one of the earlier posts — how can a community of readers be transformed into a community of engaged, yet post-utopian individuals?

On the one hand, it seems that most of the texts that comprise the library share the underlying assumption that reacting towards specific emergencies is not sufficient; these authors (political activists, artists, architects, designers, art historians, writers and others) seem concerned with the redefinition itself of the structuring of space (here, following Lefebvre, conceived as a political, social, economic and physical construct), which presupposes a certain detachment vis-à-vis one’s own situatedness. I am thinking about books such as Democracy — A Project by Group Material (1999), Did Someone Say Participate?: An Atlas of Spatial Practice (2006), Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (2008) and Make Everything New: A Project on Communism (2006), for example. But on the other, the subject of criticality is an individual, an embodied actor. As constrained, as busy, as alive as any of us.

Inspired by last week’s Read-In, I was reminded of this when reading parts of Dolores Hayden’s The Grand Domestic Revolution (1982), and decided to read the beginning of its introduction out loud as a way of reflecting on the materiality of the lives of the women whose struggles the book describes. My reading is imperfect, incomplete, unaccomplished: The Grand Domestic Revolution- Introduction Δ.


25 May 2010, 23.37 — posted by Mafalda

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