Adopt a Rietveld Crate Chair
Dear neighbors and colleagues,
Since our move to Utrecht’s Museum Quarter in spring 2014, Casco has been interested in developing a long-term relationship with our neighbors and neighboring colleagues. As such we would like to invite you to a special gathering next Wednesday to “share” crate chairs—created by Gerrit Rietveld as a copyright-free design—that were constructed by local Utrecht residents in 2013 as part of the ongoing artist project Sitting is a Verb - Rietveld for (Un)usual Business by artist Aimée Zito Lema in collaboration with Casco.*
What do we mean by sharing? Twenty crate chairs have been resting in our storage unit for the past few years, occasionally taken out for pertinent gatherings. We are now looking for interested caretakers in our neighborhood who would like to host one of these chairs in their own home to use and enjoy!
Get more information on the chairs and how you can adopt one on Wednesday 9 March from 17–19 hrs at Casco, Lange Nieuwstraat 7. No money or need to book necessary. Friends and family are very welcome!
The event features a last chance to see Casco’s project exhibition We Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning closing 13 March, with a guided tour and FREE drinks and snacks.
Please join us!
* Sitting is a Verb - Rietveld for (Un)usual Business is a project by Aimée Zito Lema in collaboration with Casco, proposing Gerrit Rietveld’s (1888–1964) crate chair as a tool to create communities and dialogue on alternative economies. Sitting is a Verb was initiated in 2010 by the artist as her contribution to IMPA’s University of the Workers, an educational project inside a recovered factory in Argentina run by a self-organized group of workers. Rietveld removed copyrights from many of his designs, including the crate chair, so that anyone could build his or her own for private use.
Adopt a Rietveld Crate Chair neighborhood event is organized by Casco director Binna Choi and project and community organizer Ying Que, artist Aimée Zito Lima, and curator Lauren Parker.
Casco’s program is made possible with financial support from City Council of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, DOEN Foundation, and European Union Culture Programme. We Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning is also supported by the K.F. Hein Fund. This gathering is supported by the Arts Council England.