October 26, 2010 - Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons - The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON
October 26, 2010

The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON

The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON
October – November 2010

CHECK IN: 28, 29 & 30 October
READ-IN: 30 October
HOME CINEMA: 31 October
ACTION: 12 & 13 November
FORUM: 21 November
MIDTERM MANUAL available to order

Nieuwekade 213-215
3511RW Utrecht
The Netherlands
T/F: +31 (0)30 231 9995


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. The project explores the potential of the domestic sphere as a locus for creating ‘the commons’, a self-organised form of sharing both material and immaterial resources, by means of artistic, organisational and spatial design operations.

The project takes its title from a book by architectural historian Dolores Hayden on the late 19th century material feminist design movement in the United States that communalised the spaces of isolated domestic work by building public kitchens, communal apartments, cooperative childcare facilities, organising their own working and living cooperatives and were involved with town planning. GDR recalls this multi-faceted social movement, and by means of action research, artistic investigation, theory and design/architectural practice, searches for other forms of living that subvert capitalist organisations of society. What began as a year long project in October 2009 continues, and will culminate in an exhibition and publication set for October 2011 to share the research outcomes and potentially act as a catalyst for further projects. An apartment rented as the headquarters of the project continues to be available for residency and visit.

GDR GOES ON is conceived as a reflection of the major activities and investigations developed thus far, by aiming to articulate key questions through public discussions in different formats and takes place at various sites throughout the city of Utrecht. For more detailed information on the programme please refer to our website.

Assembly (The Grand Domestic Revolution Goes On)
Thursday 28 October 19.00-21.00
ACU, Voorstraat 71
By Agency

CHECK IN on weaving, gifting and activism
Friday 29 October 19.00-21.00
De Katoenfabriek, Oudegracht 382
Hosted by Travis Meinolf and Kirsty Robertson

CHECK IN on care, working and precarity
Saturday 30 October
15.00 Rietveld Schröderhuis, Prins Hendriklaan 50
16:00 Apartment next door to Rietveld Schröderhuis
Hosted by Ruth Buchanan and Marina Vishmidt

Saturday 30 October 18.00-21.00
Starting location: Apartment next door to Rietveld Schröderhuis
With Annette Krauss, Hilde Tuinstra and other Read-iners

HOME CINEMA on films about domestic labour
Sunday 31 October 14.00-18.00
GDR apartment, Bemuurde Weerd oz 18b
With Phil Collins, Michèle Faguet and Tamar Guimarães

ACTION Turn-Key Home/Two in One
Led by Kateřina Šedá
Friday 12 & Saturday13 November 10.00-18.00
In Utrecht & Puttershoek
(Specific locations to be announced)

FORUM Dwelling in the Commons
Sunday 21 November 14.00-18.00 at Centraal Wonen (co-housing) project in Utrecht
(Specific location to be announced)
With Levan Asabashvili (Urban Reactor), Atelier d’architecture autogérée (Constantin Petcou & Doina Petrescu), Co-Habitation Strategies (Phillip Luehl & Guillermo Delgado), Anna Dijkhuis, Janna Graham (with Åbäke) and Nazima Kadir

Reservations are required for all events as space is limited. For ACTION, advanced inquiry on the terms of participation is necessary. Please contact Cindy van Rooijen via cindy@cascoprojects.org or +31 (0)30 231 9995.

This publication is a reflection and MIDTERM MANUAL for ongoing artistic and design research and activities for User’s Manual: The Grand Domestic Revolution. Features include surveys of contemporary cooperative and co-housing movements, an essay linking artistic and domestic labour and an interview with Dolores Hayden, author of the ‘original’ The Grand Domestic Revolution, a chronicle of 19th century material feminist design movement in the United States. With an overview of the project processed thus far and extracts offered from the evolving project library, this publication is a proposition for readers to engage with the collective research process of GDR.

Edited by Binna Choi and Maiko Tanaka
Texts by Peter Bakker, Binna Choi, John Curl, Dolores Hayden, Maiko Tanaka, Marina Vishmidt
Designed by Scott Ponik
Co-published by Casco and Bedford Press
ISBN: 978-1-907414-14-5

The publication will be available at the 2010 New York Art Book Fair (5-7 November) and is available to order. Please email Cindy van Rooijen at cindy@cascoprojects.org.

GDR GOES ON is made possible by a number of collaborations: CHECK IN is organised with the support of Dutch Design Double and Centraal Museum and ACTION is realised in collaboration with SKOR. MIDTERM MANUAL is co-published by Casco and Bedford Press. Agency’s participation in GDR has been developed as part of Circular Facts, supported by The European Union Culture Programme.

Casco’s programme is generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation and the City Council of Utrecht..

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