Entanglement: Diagrams for the commons

27–28 February 2015 / Casco HQ
The program is free, but reservations are necessary for the lectures and/or workshop.

What if you imagine yourself not as a dot to be tracked, but as a line that continuously passes through, connects, overlaps, and entangles with others? That you are part of myriad shifting diagrams which give you and those around you shape and meaning and effectively make you an entanglement of relations. Casco’s long-term research trajectory Entanglement explores “the lines that we are” as a way of visualizing and generating the commons.

As noted by philosopher and particle physicist Karen Barad, a highly inspiring voice for Entanglement, “identities are not separable, they do not intersect. Rather, identity formation must be understood in terms of the topological dynamics of iterative intra-activity.” Entanglement is grounded in precisely this ontological basis of “being-in-common,” as well as an interdependent, topological understanding of space. Through our research we learn from artists and social workers, and architects and urban planners, about how to visualize and (re)present complex practices that take place in the folds of a society overrun by the simplified messages of late capitalism.

On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February, Casco organizes a two-day event with lectures and workshops called Entanglement: Diagrams for the Commons. During these gatherings, we bring together alternative diagrammatic methods, tools, and knowledge, as well as a particular set of practices that are invested in building a commons and that operate in a multiplicity of domains embracing a diverse community; these practices could be said to constitute a solidarity economy so to speak. Please join us!

With contributions by Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou (atelier d’architecture autogérée) (aaa) [studio for self-managed architecture], Paris; from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Karen Barad, Professor in the Feminist Studies Department and Kristina Lyons, PhD Researcher at the Anthropology, Science Department & Justice Research Center in Skype conversation with Kathrin Thiele, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies in the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Fernando García-Dory, artist, Spain, currently Artist at Work at Casco; and Dennis van Gaalen, graphic designer, Rotterdam on (Un)usual Business with Binna Choi and Sanne Oorthuizen, director and curator at Casco respectively.


Friday 27 February 2015

13:00–13:30 Walk-in at Casco
13:30–14:15 Welcome and launch Entanglement website with Binna Choi and Sanne Oorthuizen
14:15–15:00 Fernando García-Dory: Para-institutions, thought forms and breaking through diagrams, around the INLAND project
15:00–16:00 Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou ((atelier d’architecture autogérée) [studio for self-managed architecture] (aaa): Designing while Commoning
16:00–16:30 Break
16:30–17:30 Karen Barad and Kristina Lyons in Skype conversation with Kathrin Thiele
17:30–18:00 Plenary discussion between contributors moderated by Sanne Oorthuizen
18:00–19:00 Drinks

Saturday 28 February 2015

Workshop What and how should we map to generate practices of Commoning? by atelier d’architecture (atelier d’architecture autogérée)
10:30–11:00 Welcome and introduction by Fernando García-Dory and Sanne Oorthuizen
11:00–11:30 Mini-presentation by Dennis van Gaalen for (Un)usual Business
11:30–13:00 Workshop by (atelier d’architecture autogérée) (aaa) [studio for self-managed architecture]
13:00–14:00 Lunch break (at Fotodok office)
14:00–16:00 Workshop cont’d

Casco HQ


Casco’s program is made possible with financial support from City Council of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, DOEN Foundation, and European Union Culture Programme.

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