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

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.

GDR GOES ON HOME CINEMA on films about domestic labour

With Phil Collins, Michèle Faguet and Tamar Guimarães
31 October 2010, 14.00-18.00
GDR apartment, Bemuurde Weerd oz 18b

Home Cinema at Apartment 18b


'Home Cinema' is one GDR's regular activities where the screening of films, that touch upon different aspects of domesticity, neighbourhood organisation, urban planning and alternative politics take place. On the occasion of GDR GOES ON, films that deal with domestic labour issues in the context of a global chain of labour economy will be screened in the intimate and informal environment of the GDR apartment. With screenings of ‘Soy Mi Madre’ (2008) by Berlin-based artist Phil Collins and ‘Canoas’ (2010) by Copenhagen-based artist Tamar Guimarães? in conversation with curator Michèle Faguet?, we hope to explore the aesthetic and structural affects of architecture, popular culture and the ways in which they influence our imaginings and realities of the experience of domestic service work.

Can such aesthetic investigations offer ways to rethink the potential agency of actors within these realms? Domestic workers and labour union organisers in the Netherlands are invited to join the post-screening discussion to bring to light local experiences and issues.

Screening of 'Asuncion


'The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON' is a midway manifestation of 'User's Manual: The Grand Domestic Revolution' (GDR), Casco's long term 'living research' project developed in partnership with Utrecht Manifest: Biennial for Social Design.


NOTES

TOWN MEETING APRIL PHOTOS
Are you bothered by NOISE FROM YOUR NEIGHBOUR?

Saturday 30 April 2011 (Queen's Day!) 13.00-17.00h
GDR apartment, Bemuurde Weerd o.z.18b.
With Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere (New York) and Patricia Sousa (Rotterdam & DAI/Artez, Arnhem)

GDR apartment facade



GDR apartment facade close up - with 'speaking trumpets', project by Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere



'speaking trumpets’, project by Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere from inside GDR apartment



'speaking trumpets’, project by Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere from inside GDR apartment



Detail from 'speaking trumpets', project by Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere from inside GDR apartment



Directed view from 'speaking trumpets’, project by Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere



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sound souvenir exchange’ by Patricia Sousa



sound souvenir exchange’ by Patricia Sousa



sound souvenir exchange’ by Patricia Sousa



sound souvenir exchange’ by Patricia Sousa



sound souvenir exchange’ by Patricia Sousa


6 June 2011, 11.03 — posted by Casco


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