Launch day Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons

9 June 2018
Casco HQ and Leidsche Rijn
Join us for the launch day of Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, with “FAQs on the Commons & Art,” the opening of Casco’s Office Gallery, and more! 
On Saturday, 9 June 2018 from 15:00 to 22:00 hrs, we launch Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons. The special two-part day begins at Casco’s headquarters (Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht) and continues with a dinner soirée at Terwijde farmhouse (Louis Armstrongboulevard 30/50*, by Utrecht Terwijde station).
To join us in festivity, please RSVP to Rosa Paardenkooper by Thursday, 31 May, and indicate if you will attend the dinner at Terwijde farmhouse. Please note that the event starts on time.

Schedule

15:00  Doors open at Casco 
15:15–15:30  Welcome speech at the Casco Office Gallery
15:30–16:00  Introduction to the modus operandi of Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons with the Casco team, Falke Pisano, Riet Wijnen, David Bennewith and Bram van den Berg at the Casco Office Gallery  
16:00–16:30  “FAQs on the Commons & Art” roundtable on stage in the Casco courtyard 
16:30–17:30 “FAQs on the Commons & Art” working sessions in and around the Casco building
17:30–18:00  Introduction to Terwijde farmhouse by The Outsiders Union in the Casco courtyard
18:00–19:00  Travel to and take tour of Terwijde farmhouse 
19:00–20:00  Dinner at Terwijde farmhouse 
20:00–21:00  “FAQs on the Commons & Art” harvesting at Terwijde farmhouse 
21:00 onwards  Soirée continues

Report

Split into seven groups of around 15 participants, we used the collated questions on the commons and art as a starting point to formulate tentative answers. Our findings reflected the importance of acknowledging one another’s position, making space for our differences, and understanding situated conditions so as to foster new imaginaries for co-managing common resources with effort to live together in equity and against increasingly privatized structures.

A special thanks to: 

Contributors to “FAQs on the Commons & Art” roundtable and working sessions – Arts Collaboratory (Cráter Invertido, DOEN foundation), Michel Bauwens, The Black Archives, FILMIS: Filipino Migrants in Solidarity, Katherine Gibson, Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, Annette Krauss, Geert Lovink, Dorothé Lucassen, Soheila Najand,  Wendelien van Oldenborgh, STEALTH, Vluchtmaat, and Aimée Zito Lema.

Artists Falke Pisano and Riet Wijnen, for their redesign of Casco’s workspace, which now comprises an Office Gallery.

Graphic designer David Bennewith with Bram van den Berg, for the new visual identity of Casco.

Asia Komarova and Txell Blanco Diaz of The Outsiders; core contributors of Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) including artists Avan Omar, Merel Zwarts, and Patricia Jiménez López; and vegan chef Mari Pitkänen.

Harvesters Staci Bu Shea, Alina Lupu, Louise Khadjeh-Nassiri, Stevphen Shukaitis, Michael Vermeer, and Marjet Zwaans.

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Contributors to “FAQs on the Commons & Art” roundtable and working sessions – Arts Collaboratory (Cráter Invertido, DOEN foundation), Michel Bauwens, The Black Archives, FILMIS: Filipino Migrants in Solidarity, Katherine Gibson, Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, Annette Krauss, Geert Lovink, Dorothé Lucassen, Soheila Najand, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, STEALTH, Vluchtmaat, and Aimée Zito Lema.

Artists Falke Pisano and Riet Wijnen, for their redesign of Casco’s workspace, which now comprises a gallery space. Office Gallery is a new feature that brings art into our daily working environment, and further diversifies Casco’s commons economy. Throughout the year, Office Gallery presents artworks relevant for project research and for Casco’s Ecosystem in our office environment.

Graphic designer David Bennewith with Bram van den Berg, for the new visual identity of Casco.

Asia Komarova and Txell Blanco Diaz of The Outsiders; core contributors of Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) including artists Avan Omar, Merel Zwarts, and Patricia Jiménez López; and vegan chef Mari Pitkänen.

The furniture by Falke Pisano and Riet Wijnen is produced with support from the Rijksakademie. The Casco Office Gallery was conceived of in collaboration with Falke Pisano and Riet Wijnen, and Statement One: Exchange Value is shared with Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam. Casco’s program is made possible with financial support from City Council of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, and DOEN Foundation via Arts Collaboratory.

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