What do we have in common(s)?

1 December 2013, 10:00–17:00
Location: Teijn Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
Entrance: ticket to the Stedelijk Museum 
Reservations: it is necessary to make a reservation.
Send an e-mail to reservations@stedelijk.nl, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the program you want to attend.

The notion of “commons” has suffered from an inflationary application, particularly in the area of network theory, according to one of the symposium contributors, art historian John Roberts. The symposium is an occasion to investigate this view further, while at the same time looking into the concrete practice of “commoning” within the field of art and art institutional practices. The latter includes the Indonesian notion of Bersama-sama that refers to having a shared goal or aspirations or the space or group for them, to be introduced by director of KUNCI and cultural theorist Nuraini Juliastuti in collaboration with Rotterdam-based artist Reinaart Vanhoe. Marysia Lewandowska guides us through the invisible areas of operation in the Stedelijk Museum where private interests might collide with the museum’s public functions thereby asking: “How can an event like the What do we have in common(s) symposium distribute the authority of the museum and empower its audience to create a sense of common wealth and contribution to a shared knowledge?” 

Symposium programme

10:15 Welcome and introduction to Made in Commons by Syafiatudina (KUNCI) and Kerstin Winking (SMBA) 
10:30 Neoliberalism, Monopolisation and the Fate of the Commons, a lecture by John Roberts 
11:45 Sanggar as a model for practising art in communal life, a presentation by Nuraini Juliastuti in collaboration with Reinaart Vanhoe 
13:00 Lunch break 
14:00 Introducing Marysia Lewandowska and the commons by Sanne Oorthuizen (Casco) 
14:15 Making Museums Public, a performative presentation by Marysia Lewandowska 
16:30 Common debate with the contributors 
17:00 Drinks 


Undoing Property? book launch and workshop at Casco 

On Saturday 30 November 2013, 14:00–17:00 hrs at Casco (Nieuwekade 213-215), Casco organized Publishing in Process. Ownership in Question, a book launch and workshop with Marysia Lewandowska en Laurel Ptak. Free entrance. Reserve a seat by sending an email to Sanne Oorthuizen.

Made in Commons exhibition at SMBA 

The symposium is organized in parallel to the Made in Commons exhibition at SMBA, Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam. The Made in Commons exhibition results from a joint proposal by SMBA and KUNCI Cultural Studies Center. The opening takes place on Fri 29 November from 17:00 till 20:00 hrs at SMBA.

1 December 2013


The symposium was made possible with the generous support of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Stichting Ammodo, the Mondriaan Fund, The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Prins Claus Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord Holland and Arts Collaboratory.

Casco’s participation in the symposium is organized in the framework of COHAB, a collaborative framework by Casco; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, and The Showroom, London. COHAB is supported by European Union Culture Programme (2007-2013).

The activities of Casco are further made possible with financial support of Gemeente Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, Stichting DOEN, K.F Hein Fonds, and European Union Culture Programme.

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