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Five days left to see the project-exhibitions Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books, stop by the Possibility Room to see the Bay Library Pop-Up, consisting of art books from Vietnam, enroll in the new project for children Hop Hope Hof led by Utrecht-based artist Merel Zwarts, join us for a lecture by Laura U. Marks, author of Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (2015) and The Skin of the Film (2000), at Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and other news!,

Last chance to see Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books!, through Sunday, 25 February

A reminder that Sunday, 25 February is the last day to see our double project-exhibitions Army of Love with Dora García and Ingo Niermann and The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong and Renée Staal.

On your way to visit us (again), read art historian Liesbeth Visee’s piece for Metropolis M, in which she reflects on the current exhibition phenomenon of presenting libraries and books as cultural and political objects. Highlighting The Library of Unread Books, Visee emphasizes the socio-political potential of book collections. Metropolis M recently also re-published a conversation between artist Hinrich Sachs and Army of Love’s Ingo Niermann, which originally appeared in 2016 right before the Army of Love Introductory event at Casco.

You can still contribute to the Army of Love collective bibliography by emailing Staci. You can also drop by Casco to donate a book to The Library of Unread Books project and become a life-long member of the Library.

Introducing Hop Hope Hof on Sunday, 25 February

Casco and Utrecht-based artist Merel Zwarts invite you – and your children! – to enroll in Hop Hope Hof, a course that consists of workshops for and by children, in which we jointly explore the possibilities of the Abraham Dolehof and strengthen our sense of neighbourhood. On Sunday, 25 February from 14:00 to 16:00 hrs we will introduce the project. In this first meeting the program will be explained, and participants can get to know each other. Moreover, it will provide an opportunity for participants to explore the Abraham Dolehof through games and mutual (inter)actions. After the introduction, the meetings will take place across four editions of the Cultural Sunday in Utrecht.

To enroll, send an email to Merel Zwarts.

Bay Library in the Possibility Room, through Sunday, 25 February

Bay Library is a travelling, non-lending library of artist books, independent publications, and zines from Vietnamese artists. Bay, which translates to “flying,” refers to both the books’ physical journey and the journey the mind takes when reading. It is a reference to the library’s transient existence, as well as the possibilities that open up when artists’ work is shared. Using pop-up reading events in combination with artist film screenings, Bay Library, a partner project of the Vietnam Artists’ Book Project, promotes contemporary artists from Vietnam by showing the range of work being produced. A selection of Bay Library titles are on view in the Possibility Room until Sunday, 25 February. The event is organized by Casco intern Maria Sowter.

“Luminous Hidden Images,” a lecture by Laura U. Marks at Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in an Unreal World, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Wednesday, 7 March

Laura U. Marks will give a lecture titled “Luminous Hidden Images” at Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, for one of the “preliminary programs” on Wednesday, 7 March, 13:30 hrs (Rietveld Gym, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam).

Laura U. Marks’ theory of haptic visuality within intercultural cinema was the inspiration for Optic to Haptic Cinema (OH Cinema), an infrastructural experiment established during the exhibition phase of Casco’s transition to Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, 27 May to 16 July 2017.

In affinity with one another, Casco and Studium Generale Rietveld Academie will co-host Marks’ lecture and Casco curator Staci Bu Shea will moderate the conversation after the talk. Marks will sketch how humans’ intimate sensory experiences can assist a creative becoming with the cosmos through embodied thinking, ecology, and the process philosophies of Mulla Sadra, who wrote, “what are perceived by the five senses are luminous hidden images existing in another world.”

Joining the NEDxPO2018 Olympic culture program in the year of PyeongChang 2018, organized by the Dutch embassy in Korea

NEDxPO2018 is the Olympic culture program organized by the Dutch embassy in Korea, together with the Mondriaan Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL, in the year of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Casco is joining the program by organizing a day-long itinerant exhibition Eurasian Steps – From Amsterdam to Seoul via Athens on Saturday, 30 June. As spring arrives, you’ll hear more about it from us!


Thank you for your enthusiasm - and stay tuned!

We received over a hundred enthusiastic responses to our Open Call for three new positions on the Casco team. We are now in conversation with some of the applicants whose experiences, passions, and skills best fit with the current needs of Casco. We would humbly like to thank all the applicants.

Finally, while settling into our new name Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, in spring we will announce our new identity and website, as well as new projects and modes of working along with the newly empowered team in its new configuration.