Army of Love & The Library of Unread Books Opening 25 Nov, 12:00–15:00

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Army of Love with Dora García & Ingo Niermann
& The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong & Renée Staal
26 November 2017 – 25 February 2018
Opening 25 November 2017, 12:00–15:00, with lunch!


We open our fall season with double exhibition presentations: Army of Love with artist Dora García and writer Ingo Niermann and The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong and Renée Staal.


Initiated by writer Ingo Niermann and further developed by Dora García and others, Army of Love aims for intimate fulfilment of justice in the face of patriarchy, racism, and corporo-facism. The project-cum-supergroup strives to offer all-encompassing love to those who need it, and they are ready to receive love from those who want to give it. For the army, love encompasses diverse forms and practices of care, desire, sex, and respect.


Even in speculative iterations of society without private property and where everyone has access to basic commodities, attractiveness is not distributed equally, often leaving out those deemed by normative standards ugly, old, disabled, or unsuccessful by unequal standards. This is not to simply suggest that “love is the answer.” But as long as love is involved in relations of exchange, it remains a pressing question in need of our attention. At Casco, we will organized a training camp [link] with Army of Love (11–14 October) to collectively explore and practice inclusive approaches to love, and what the Army could and should be.


Alongside the Army of Love training camp, Casco will host a library of books, unread by their previous owners, as part of Heman Chong and Renée Staal’s ten-year project The Library of Unread Books. Comprising of donated books, the living reference library reveals and traces of the perimeters of excess knowledge. The project’s membership and collection ethos follows this spirit of excess. In order to gain lifetime access to the library, visitors simply donate an unread book to the onsite librarian and receive in exchange a personalized library card. Please drop a line to publications@cascoprojects.org to make an early donation to the library.


More information on both projects is coming soon.


* Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books take place in a year of transition at Casco, where we change our name from Casco—Office for Art, Design and Theory to Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons.