The evening is an intimate gathering where we might reflect together on the contemporary conditions of living in Utrecht and its surroundings. Through the conversations that transpire Ayreen and Rene hope to learn about the different initiatives, struggles, and challenges in their ongoing research into non-capitalist ways of living together. To encourage this dialogue further we have invited various practitioners and initiatives from the fields of alternative economy, food production, housing, and political organizing including writer and philosopher Rick Dolphijn, Kritische Studenten Utrecht (KSU), artist Aimée Zito Lema, Utrecht for Palestine, artist Christian Nyampeta, and Boudewijn Rijff & Astrid Petersen of Vechtclub. We are delighted to extend the invitation to you as well. Whether or not you are based in Utrecht, we consider your participation to be very meaningful.
We would like to recommend that you visit the programme co-organized by Ayreen and Rene titled Poesis of Worlding on Friday 15 March in the context of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie-Studium Generale conference-festival in Amsterdam. The following week, they join the Dutch Art Institute/ArtEZ in Arnhem where they give a public lecture on Wednesday 20 March and run a workshop with Publishing Class (DAI and Casco’s joint curriculum) on Friday 22 March.
MORE ABOUT Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri
Ayreen and Rene have worked together since 1999 and are members and co-founders of the 16 Beaver group, an artist community that functions as a social and collaborative space on 16 Beaver Street in downtown Manhattan, where they also host various activities including film screenings, discussions, radio recordings, and reading groups. Using diagrammatic drawings, film, audio, recordings, text, and video, Ayreen and Rene's practice is informed by methods of critical inquiry, which addresses the everyday and is particularly concerned with the political and cultural circumstances of revolutions. Over the past years, Ayreen and Rene have been interested in rethinking the essential elements of life, such as food, work, and housing along a non-capitalist and common(s) horizon. Also, they reflect on how such reconsiderations may conjoin with wider struggles for environmental and social justice, and more broadly, how such reconsiderations might help us to come to terms with recent as well as distant histories of violence, colonialism, and dispossession. This pathway is manifested in a long-term and extensive artistic research project they led, 'And And And', in the context of dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel.
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Enigma of Capital, 2010, download here.
Dinner Conversation with Ayreen & Rene is organized in the framework of COHAB, a two-year project initiated by Casco; The Showroom, London; and Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm. It is realized with the support of Culture Programme of the European Union.