COHAB is a collaborative framework by Casco, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, and The Showroom, London.
COHAB investigates meaningful ways in which artists and organisations can be deeply invested within their local contexts and at the same time form close dialogues on an international arena. Drawing on areas of commonality – such as our ‘situated’ ways of working – COHAB will link our work together more closely to explore themes that are relevant to each of us: questions of locality, community and ‘the commons’ in relation to forms of social and economic organisation, and more broadly, questions of cohabitation both on a local and European level, and aim to develop fresh models of how to work together as arts organisations. The project is comprised of a series of four ‘keynote’ artists’ productions; local ‘action research’ projects led by each organisation involving artists projects that will be developed with the participation of communities who share the concerns of the project. It also connects with the activities of Cluster. COHAB is supported by European Union Culture Programme (2007-2013).
The title COHAB is borrowed from a project by Can Altay at Casco in 2011, developed in the framework of Circular Facts (2009-2011).
Cluster is a network of eight internationally operating contemporary visual art organizations situated in residential areas on the peripheries of major European cities (plus one in Holon, an industrial zone outside of Tel Aviv). Each of these organizations are actively involved in their local contexts, fostering their embeddedness within their surroundings. Cluster was initiated in June 2011 in order to facilitate internal and public exchange of knowledge about how these types of institutions function and also to establish further collaborations between them.
During 2012-2013 the group will collectively visit each of the organisations in the network. Each visit will include a combination of closed meetings, site visits, and public events, through which we will share the ongoing dialogues that will be generated through the project. Cluster members include Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; CAC Bretigny, Brétigny s/Orge; Les Laboratoires D’Aubervillers, Aubervillers; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; The Showroom, London; CA2M Centro Dos De Mayo, Madrid; The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon and Parasite Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana. Cluster is financially supported by the European Cultural Foundation.
Circular Facts (2009-2011)
Circular Facts is a collaborative endeavor between three European contemporary art organizations: Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp and The Showroom, London in partnership with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Electric Palm Tree. It functions as an informal think-tank and a mutual support structure that works as a hub for the production and dissemination of artistic projects. The emphasis of the collaboration is on finding non-bureaucratic ways of working together, the sharing of imaginative thinking, and open-ended forms of circulation, that resulted in several artistic production and the publication. More information on Circular Facts is available here. Circular Facts was funded by the European Union Culture Programme. To order the book, please click here.
De Zaak Nu
De Zaak Nu is a Dutch interest group that represents presentation organizations and institutions, such as artists run spaces and art centers, whose main priority is the presentation and production of contemporary art (and not the collecting or selling of art for example). De Zaak Nu currently has 70 members throughout the Netherlands. More information is available here.
BK–NU (Beeldende Kunst Netwerk Utrecht) is the name of the Utrecht art network that brings together six institutions for contemporary art: Academiegalerie; BAK, basis voor actuele kunst; Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory; Expodium; FOTODOK; and Impakt. BK–NU focuses on art, design, fashion, media arts, documentary photography, and art in the public space, thus covering a broad spectrum within the arts sector in Utrecht.
The BK–NU institutions are involved in each other's programs and advance the position of contemporary art in Utrecht. They are highly aware of the importance of diversity for a fertile artistic environment in the city. In the dynamic cultural climate of today, where collaboration, innovation, public outreach, and participation are more important than ever, the institutions will invest more in being visible to a wide audience in Utrecht, making an even stronger commitment to creating exhibitions, lectures, projects, and presentations.