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Conference-festivalEvent 10 Jul 2017-13 Jul 2017

Commons for Children

XVI Biennale IASC Conference: Practicing the Commons: Self-governance, cooperation and institutional change 10-13 July 2017


The Commons for Children conference addresses the topic of commoning from a young generation’s perspective. During the conference, children will be invited to cook, work, create, and play together. The participants are not only encouraged to reflect on the world, but are also provided with tools to gain the means to cooperate, transform and organize it.


Day 1: Monday 10 July 14:00 - 19:00 hrs

  • 14:00-14:15 hrs: Introduction – Introducing ourselves and what are we going to do the following days and today in particular.
  • 14:15 – 14:30 hrs: Making dough for the bread
  • 14:30 – 15:30 hrs: Making T-shirts: T-shirts with the Casco logo will be provided. Children will all get their own shirt, on which they can draw and write their names. This functions as an easy, relaxed, and fun way of getting to know each other.
  • 15:30-16:30 hrs: Free play time
  • 16:30 – 17:30 hrs: Cooking: In light of sharing meals together and letting the children explore and experiment with ingredients we would like to cook and share a meal together. The (vegan) dish will be simple, but exciting for the children to prepare. 
  • 17:30-18:30 hrs: Dinner
  • 18:30-19:00 hrs: Closure of the day, briefly presenting the program for the upcoming days

Day 2: Tuesday 11 July 08:30 - 18:00 hrs

  • 8:30 – 10:00 hrs:Collective drawing – walk-in – starting in a circle – Idea for the collective drawing is to draw a model for a playground/city for adults. What do you think adults are missing in their daily lives? What would improve the way they communicate with each other? In what kinds of buildings do adults live?  - making a banner for the presentation
  • 10:00-10:30 hrs: –Break for drinks & bites + moment of reflection
  • 10:30 – 12:00 hrs: Universiteitsmuseum
  • 12:00 hrs: Preparing lunch together
  • 12:30 hrs: Lunch
  • 13:00-14:00 hrs: Free play time (outside)
  • 14:00 hrs: Chair project - Based on the concept of Rietveld’s famous Crate chair, children will be given wooden beams cut according to the original measurements of the  crate chair’s different parts. They are invited to design and build their own sitting object made out of the pile of wood.
  • 16:00 hrs: Break for drinks & bites – Closure of the day
  • 16:30 hrs: Movie in the OH Cinema – Wall-e

Day 3: Wednesday 12 July 08:30 - 18:00 hrs

  • 8:30 – 9:00 hrs: Free play time
  • 9:00-10:00 hrs: Tool out of function: Rethinking the functionality of tools. Children investigate various tools and their respective functions, leading them to invent of a new tool of their own.
  • 10:00 hrs: Break for drinks & bites
  • 10:30-11:30 hrs: Feedback Drawing - Make a drawing of the most important thoughts and experiences the children had during the conference.
  • 11:30-12:00 hrs: Free play time (outside)
  • 12:00 hrs: Preparing and making lunch together
  • 12:30 hrs: Lunch
  • 13:00 – 15:00 hrs: Paper making: Children make new paper out of the paper on which they’ve drawn their feedback. The individual feedback becomes the matter to create the paper in which all the collective experiences will be tangibly united into one.
  • 15:00-15:30 hrs: Preparing presentation: ask children to present the activities. Two children tell about the activities of day 1, two children tell about the drawing, two children tell about the chairs, another group talks about the tools and the last group presents the activity of making paper.
  • 15:30 hrs: walking to Janskerk together
  • 16:00 – 17:00 hrs: Presentation

17:00? hrs: Closing


10 Jul 2017-13 Jul 2017

Press Release


Supported by

The Casco program is supported by Mondriaan Fund, the City Council of Utrecht, and DOEN Foundation via Arts Collaboratory.