Opening & Uncommon Festival of The Commons
This Thursday 1 May, International Labor Day, from 18 hrs Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory opens the exhibition New Habits and its new space situated alongside a beautiful courtyard in Utrecht's museum quarter and housed in a former school building on the site of an old convent. We welcome you, our colleagues, collaborators, families, previous and present neighbors, co-workers, and old and new friends to be our special guests on this joyous occasion and to join the opening of the three-day festival, Every Mode of Doing Needs Commons: An Uncommon Festival of the Common(s).
We open our new space with an exhibition, New Habits, and speeches by Casco's board member and artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh, sociologist and political scientist Merijn Oudenampsen, and director Binna Choi. The opening is also celebrated with a “heavenly blue” fashion show cum procession organized by Casco’s former and current Artists at Work, respectfully, Christian Nyampeta and Aimée Zito Lema.
Every Mode of Doing Needs Commons: An Uncommon Festival of the Common(s)
1 May, 21 hrs-23 hrs & 2-3 May, from 11 hrs-21 hrs
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri are responsible for the title of the festival and its initial care, but its continuation is the collective work and un-work of all those who will take part and contribute. Rather than oriented towards the production of distinct events, the festival is composed of several time-spaces, each of which are collective attempts on the part of those involved who contribute thoughts, movements, processes, and relations to and embodiments of the common(s).
There is a planning meeting for all who are interested in caring for these time-spaces on the evening of Wednesday 30 April at 18:30 hrs at Casco’s old location, Nieuwekade 213-215, 3511 RW Utrecht. To take part, please r.s.v.p. by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please visit commoningtimes.org.
The ever-growing list of contributors to the opening of New Habits and the festival include: artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Melanie Gilligan, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Ienke Kastelein, Annette Krauss, Aimée Zito Lema, Wietske Maas, Christian Nyampeta, as well as art historian Eric de Bruyn, architect Jesko Fezer, and cultural anthropologist Fabiola Jara Gomez, Casco board member, activist, and philosopher Aetzel Griffioen, writer Sven Lütticken, filmmakers Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson, philosopher Jos Scheren, curator Emily Pethick, and the organizations School of Missing Studies, STRO Social Trade Organization, Terra Critica, '(Un)usual Business', and Casco.
Opening Program 1 May 2014
Delicious vegan food by Martina Bovini, Asia Komarova, and Mari Pitkanen
18:00 hrs Opening of New Habits
18:30 hrs Speeches by board member and artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh, sociologist and political scientist Merijn Oudenampsen, and Casco director Binna Choi
19:00 hrs Models, Manners and Prayers, fashion show by Christian Nyampeta and Aimée Zito Lema
20:30 hrs Procession to Labre, Plompetorengracht 8, Utrecht
21:00 hrs Every Mode of Doing Needs Commons, a cinema event by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri hosted at Labre, Plompentorengracht 8, Utrecht
Following the exhibition opening Every Mode of Doing Needs Commons: An Uncommon Festival of the Common(s) continues from 2-3 May 2014 from 11-21 hrs daily with the full schedule announced at the opening on 1 May.
Casco's program is made possible with the financial support of City Council of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, DOEN Foundation, and K.F Hein Fonds. New Habits is provided additional support from LG Electronics, Video Data Bank, and Indyvideo and organized in the framework of Practice International, a collaboration with Iniva in London and Iaspis in Stockholm, supported by European Union Culture Programme.