Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons
On 3 April 2017 we announced Casco – Office for Art, Theory and Design’s transition into Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons. The transition involves the eponymous “exhibition” phase from 26 May–16 July 2017.
As we transition into an institute for the commons, our process-driven work is especially significant. While exhibitions are not always the best medium to unfold such a process, as display tends toward finality, we also see the possibilities within rearranging and taking pause to grow and entangle. It is an integral part of the commoning process and depends on your feedback and common desire to (un)learn!
Exhibiting institutes as artworks is not new—think Marcel Broodthaers’ Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Section XIXème Siècle (1968), Thomas Hirschhorn’s Musée Précaire Albinet (2004), and more recently Tania Bruguera’s Museum of Arte Útil (2013) among many others. As such, our exhibition looks to this history, but actualizes the institute as artwork by ultimately making it into Casco Art Institute. That’s also why we want to exhibit the aspects of institutes that are not usually exhibited—what we call the “body”—budget, relations, ethics, and so on.
This effort requires close collaboration with many, who are in fact “commoning” Casco and generating the commons, besides us, including: Adelita Husni-Bey, Aimée Zito Lema, Annette Krauss, Bram van den Berg, Charlotte Rooijackers, Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, David Bennewith, Dora García, Fernando García-Dory (Inland), Faivovich & Goldberg, Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir, Ingo Niermann, Jort van der Laan, Laura Pappa, Lily van der Stokker, Lotte Schröder, Maja Bekan, Marjolijn Dijkman, Merel Zwarts, Riet Wijnen, Ruth Buchanan, Southern Wave (Dutch Art Institute) , Terra Critica (Utrecht University), and Wok the Rock. Some have developed long-term projects with us, now introduced from an “action” perspective, and others share their imaginings and methodologies for commoning.