THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

THE GRAND
DOMESTIC REVOLUTION

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.

COTTAGE INDUSTRY (Making Accommodations)

Travis at the loom


Cottage Industry (Making Accommodations) was initiated in February 2010 by Berlin-based artist and self proclaimed ‘action weaver’ Travis Meinolf?. His work encompasses the creation of D.I.Y. weaving technologies, building patterns for manufacturing low cost looms and teaching people how to use them through live workshops and distribution of print and video manuals on the internet. Through such activities Travis proposes textile making as a tool for conceiving alternative economic models to coordinate new social relationships.

For GDR, Travis facilitated a workshop based project which took the shape of several weaving sessions that ran over 15 days, during which time he proposed the weaving practice and its ensuing exchange process, as a tool for conceiving an alternative economic model for coordinating new social relationships. Both a fullsize loom and handy looms were installed along with a user’s manual, forming an infrastructure for the apartment;these looms continue to be active and are open for use by residents and visitors of the apartment.

User's Manual: Making Accommodations (Cottage Industry)


To further residency and the questions that emerged, we invited Travis back in October 2010, to facilitate workshop and discussion for GDR GOES ON: CHECK IN on weaving gifting and activism. Alongside artist and historian Kirsty Robertson, Travis contextualised his practice at the intersection between crafting and activism.

User's Manual 02: Making Accommodations (Cottage Industry) is available for download here:
How to use the loom
How to make the loom

NOTES

Seed Archive: research on urban homesteading and seed loans

Sunflower seeds at GDR


Nance Klehm is an urban homesteader and seed archivist. She founded the project Spontaneous Vegetation in which she organises a whole scale of activities like urban foraging walks and the building vermicomposting and humanmanure systems. One of her projects is a seed archive which connects to our own small GDR seed archive assembled by the seed swap organised by The Centre of Cooperative Living.

from her website:

''A public archive of healthy seeds collected from many places and people

Seeds are alive. Seeds need to be carefully stored in order to remain healthy and assure their germination. The seed archive is particularly interested in seed that is for food or medicinals, habitat creating as well as soil building. The archive only accepts, stores and loans viable, well-identified seeds.

The seed archive is housed in Chicago; seed is loaned for free to those who are committed to growing them, enjoying them and returning some of the next generation of seed back to store at the seed archive. Some seed is in smaller quantities and needs to be grown out from year to year to increase its supply. If you are interested in being a grower, let me know.''

13 December 2010, 23.09 — posted by Doris

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