September 28, 2011 - Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons - Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures and recent publications
September 28, 2011

Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures and recent publications

Casco Issues XII: Generous Structure is out!

Other recent publications by Casco & coming book fairs
including the NY Art Book Fair

Nieuwekade 213-215
3511 RW Utrecht
The Netherlands

publications [​at​]

Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures
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”.

Edited by Binna Choi and Axel Wieder
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, Kateřina Šedá, Axel Wieder

Design by Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner in collaboration with Sam de Groot

Co-published by Casco, Utrecht and Sternberg Press, New York/Berlin
ISBN 978-1-934105-33-7

‘Generous Structures’ travels
Acting as a nomadic structure, ‘Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures’ will lend itself as a departure point 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. Please come find us at the following moments:

The NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1 New York, 30 Sept–2 Oct 2011
Publishing Class, Dutch Art Institute / ArtEZ (DAI), Arnhem, 20 Oct 2011
Pa/per View, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 28–30 Oct 2011
Motto Zürich, 18 Nov 2011
In collaboration with Corner College / Theory Tuesday
Miss Read, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 25–27 Nov 2011
2HB: What we make with words (book fair), CCA Glasgow, 17 Dec 2011

For a detailed launch programme and schedule, please refer to the linka above or visit our website at

Recent publications

A Well Respected Man, or Book of Echoes
Wendelien van Oldenborgh
The first textbook of the Electric Palm Tree series, ‘A Well Respected Man, or Book of Echoes’ uses ‘No False Echoes’ (2008) and ‘Instruction’ (2009), films by van Oldenbourgh as vehicles for examining collective struggle in the colonial and decolonizing histories of Indonesia and The Netherlands.

Edited by Binna Choi and Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Contributions by Binna Choi, Lizzy van Leeuwen, Nuraini Juliastuti, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Soewardi Soeryaningrat/Ki Hajar Dewantara

Design by Julia Born

Co-published by Casco and Sternberg Press, New York/Berlin
ISBN 978-1-934105-22-1

Seeing Studies
Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand
Departing from a schoolbook published by the Iranian Ministry of Education to teach art in the first year of public middle school, this bilingual publication (English/Farsi) visits different “schools of seeing” to investigate the ways we learn “to see” and is supported by proposals from contributors and interlocutors around the problems posed by dissonant visual languages.

Edited by Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand for the institute for incongruous translation
Contributions by Nazgol Ansarinia, Homayoun Askari Sirizi, Mehraneh Atashi, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Daniel Berndt, Binna Choi, Media Farzin, Shahab Fotouhi, Farhad Fozouni, Reza Haeri, Zoya Honarmand, image-shift, Hatem Imam, Sohrab Mohebbi, Mehdi Navid, Molly Nesbit, Oya Pancaroglu, Tina Rahimi, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Ashkan Sepahvand, Setareh Shahbazi, Zeinab Shahidi with Reza Abedini, Jana Traboulsi and William Wheeler

Design by image-shift and Farhad Fozouni

Produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with Casco–Office for Art, Design, and Theory and the institute for incongruous translation and published by Hatje Cantz
ISBN 978 3 7757 2972

The Grand Domestic Revolution Goes On
This publication serves as the midterm manual for ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution—User’s Manual’, Casco’s “living research” project since fall 2009. Included are surveys of contemporary cooperative and co-housing movements, an essay linking artistic and domestic labour and an interview with Dolores Hayden, author of the historic ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution’, a chronicle of nineteenth century material feminist design movement in the United States.

Edited by Binna Choi and Maiko Tanaka
Contributions by Peter Bakker, Binna Choi, John Curl, Dolores Hayden, Maiko Tanaka, Marina Vishmidt

Design by Scott Ponik

Co-published by Casco and Bedford Press, London
ISBN 978-1-907414-14-5

Reading the Economist
Zachary Formwalt
A notebook kept by Karl Marx in 1868 on ‘The Economist’, a couple of episodes in the history of spirit photography, the infamous photographs of bank queues in 2007, and an image found at “the beginning of the photo-illustrated press” are brought together in an attempt to capture the space that separated financial journalism from photojournalism as they emerged in the nineteenth century.

Text and design by Zachary Formwalt 

Co-published by Casco and Fundação de Serralves-Museu de Arte Contemporânea
ISBN 978-972-739-241-4


Circular Facts
‘Circular Facts’ discusses the role of “small” organizations in the cultural field and how they envision the future. It marks two years of collaboration between Casco, Objectif Exhibitions and The Showroom under the name of Circular Facts, supported by the European Union Culture Programme. The book offers ten perspectives on the subject with contributions from the Artist’s Institute, New York; Art Space Pool, Seoul; Bétonsalon, Paris; Bulegoa zenbakibarik, Bilbao; CCA Glasgow; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Kunsthall Oslo; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; and Les Laboratoires D’Aubervillers, Paris.

Edited by Mai Abu ElDahab, Binna Choi and Emily Pethick

Design by Kaisa Lassinaro

Co-published by Casco, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, The Showroom, London and Sternberg Press, New York/Berlin
ISBN 978-1-934105-65-8

Orders can be made through the above-mentioned publishers or via Please check our website for other and upcoming publications.

Casco’s publications have been supported by Mondriaan Foundation, European Union Cultural Programme, Fonds BKVB, Gemeente Utrecht, Hessische Kulturstiftung, Utrecht Manifest

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