Thursday, 18 October 2018, 18:00–22:00
English, RSVP required
Inaugural Study Meeting on the future of Terwijde farmhouse; urban, rural and land commons; and ecological (un)learning! Centering around the question: A large farmhouse on the remaining plot of a once-vast farmland has been neglected for over a decade until recently. Located in the middle of a new urban-residential area, the Terwijde farmhouse is now seen as a part of Utrecht’s agricultural heritage. After various urban and rural commoning experiments took place on site, we ask, who will decide on its future and for what?
The Study Meeting includes a potluck dinner and a guided tour of Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) by Leidsche Rijn-based interdisciplinary art collective The Outsiders.
Every season, Casco Art Institute organizes Study Meetings to focus on core questions arising from the study lines on the commons and related art practices. Together with relevant stakeholders in the respective study line, the group studies a question and creates resources that can be used beyond the study room! In this context, study is defined as collective, critically constructive and non-disciplinary forms of learning and unlearning; it enables but also is enabled by artistic practices; and it is a core form of commoning towards affirming life and our ways of living together.
Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) is a project to reanimate the Terwijde farmhouse and its surroundings in Leidsche Rijn. Since 2017 The Outsiders and the team of Casco Art Institute gained access to this otherwise non-breathing farmhouse and have been hosting and facilitating activities there with study line Center for Ecological (Un)learning. Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) is the first major experiment for Center for Ecological (Un)learning, taking the farmhouse as a site for the commons, not only for humans but also for other non-human actors.
This Study Meeting centers around a collective planning session and study of the farmhouse. First we zoom in on the origin and basic definition of commoning practices as collectively managed land. At the time of writing, a legal case around the farmhouse is in effect, and may bring verdict on its general status and influence the ownership. During the Study Meeting we collectively formulate proposals for the future use of this agricultural landmark, with the exhibition as a reference for this open, collective and perhaps fugitive planning for commoning. The material from this meeting will be harvested through illustrations by Katja Fred from Het Huis van Betekenis, and serves as a resource for commoners worldwide!