The Arts in Solidarity

Navigating Funding Constraints and Shifting Paradigms of Growth and Competition  ‎ ‎ 13 April 2024, 13:00–17:00 / Casco HQLange Nieuwstraat 7, 3512 PA Utrecht, Netherlands With contributions from Gertrude Flentge, Yazan Khalili, Laura Alexander, Justin O’Connor, Andy Hewitt, and Mel Jordan. The conversation will be chaired by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes. This event is a working […]

Nina bell F. House Museum for Studium Generale Gerrit Rietveld Academie at Stedelijk

25 March 2023, 13:00–17:00 / Stedelijk, AmsterdamMore access information via Studium Generale Rietveld Academie 2022–2023 In collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie presents Refuge – fleeing, flowing leaking. This is a large-scale, multi-day event in the museum building and a festive Friday night. From 22 to 25 March, it focuses on questions of […]

Nina bell F. House Museum public workshops

#1 Friday 10 March 2023 / Online via Zoom (link)17:00–19:00 SG time / 10:00–12:00 CET #2 Wednesday 15 March 2023 / Singapore (tickets)19:00–22:00 SG time – At The Main Deck, L3 #3 Thursday 16 March 2023 / Singapore (tickets)11:00–18:00 SG Time – at SAM Level 3 Conference room and Level 5 Natasha exhibition space #1 Introductory […]

Resourcing for heritage preservation in Palestine with Hiba Omari (RIWAQ)

Image description: two children playing nearby a cultural heritage site in Palestine. Credit: RIWAQ.

19 January 2023 / Casco HQ 18:30 (walk-in), start 19:00 Language: English Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons warmly invites you to an evening with Hiba Omari, member of RIWAQ- Centre for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Hiba Omari will present RIWAQ’s work on preserving Palestinian collective memory through projects that document and restore architectural heritage […]

Never Seen

25 January 2023 / Casco HQ & online17:30 (walk-in), start 18:00 with debriefing until 19:30RSVP by sending an email to The physical building of Casco Art Institute is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. The event can be livestreamed through this Zoom link ( The documentary film has captions in English and Dutch and there will […]


28–30 October 2010 / Utrecht CHECK IN is a series of temporary communal occasions where key issues emerging from GDR research are discussed and re-articulated in close relation to specific domestic spaces in Utrecht, including the GDR apartment, the Rietveld Schröderhuis (RSH) and the house next door to the RSH.  Each occasion highlights selected ongoing […]

The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual (GDR)

6 November 2011–27 February 2012 / Casco HQOpening 5 November 2011, 18:00  Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory cordially invites you to join us for the opening of the project exhibition The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual.  INTRODUCTION  In October 2009 Casco initiated The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual (GDR) in […]

Publishing Class II

26 September 2011–25 June 2012 / Casco HQ Publishing Class is a two year programme designed for the Dutch Art Institute MFA ArtEZ by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, delving into the act of publishing in critical art practice, both as a way to make things public – forming the publicness – […]

COHAB: an assembly of spare parts

22 May–10 July 2011 / Casco HQ In recent years, the so-called genre of “public art” has undergone a dematerialisation process. As the public sphere has been understood increasingly in terms of a heterogeneous and agonistic discursive state, the emphasis has shifted to public art’s communicative and relational functions. In this course of development, public […]

A Well Respected Woman or Room of Echoes book launch

13 May 2011 / AmsterdamBook launch for A Well Respected Man or Book of Echoes taking place in the framework of the program Books@Temporary Stedelijk 2 at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Paulus Potterstraat 13, Amsterdam)Reservation is required. This event marks the launch of the publication A Well Respected Man or Book of Echoes. The book, edited […]


31 October 2010, 14:00–18:00   Location:HOME CINEMA on films about domestic labor  GDR apartment, Bemuurde Weerd oz 18b  With Phil Collins, Michèle Faguet and Tamar Guimarães  HOME CINEMA is one GDR’s regular activities where the screening of films that touch upon different aspects of domesticity, neighborhood organization, urban planning and alternative politics take place. On the occasion of […]

The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON

28 October–16 December 2010 / Utrecht CHECK IN: 28 & 29 October 19:00-21:00; 30 October 15:00–17:00 READ-IN: 30 October 18:00–21:00 HOME CINEMA: 31 October 14:00–18:00 FORUM: 21 November 14:00–18:00 ACTION: 15 & 16 December 10:00–18:00  Reservations are required for all events as space is limited, please contact Cindy van Rooijen. For ACTION, advanced inquiry on the terms of participation […]

Future Park II – Reproduction Direct from Nature

17 October–21 November 2010 / Casco HQOpening: Saturday 16 October 17:00–19:00 Future Park is a two-part project involving a series of events that explore the instrumentality of urban parks in relation to social policy and the shifting economic, political and cultural structure to imagine a post-capitalist city. Reproduction Direct from Nature, a project by Amsterdam […]

Publishing Class I

1 October–6 July 2011 / Casco HQ Publishing Class is a two year programme ­designed for the Dutch Art Institute / MFA ArtEZ by Casco ­Office for Art, Design and ­Theory, delving into the act of publishing through and within artistic practice in close examination of shifting artistic practice and its forms. Towards recognizing the […]

Come Alive! Case Reopened: Group Material

27 May 2010, 19:00–20:30 / UtrechtThis event takes place at Kargadoor, Oudegracht 36, Utrecht. Casco, along with Four Corners Books, invites you to take part in the second event in the series Come Alive!. We’re launching the book Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material, the first monograph on the New York based artists’ […]

Circular Facts launch

24 April 2010, 15:00–16:00 / Casco HQ On 24 April at 15:00 at Casco – an interval during Hurt Locker Instruments – the launching event of Circular Facts takes place with an introduction by Binna Choi, Mai Abu Eldahab and Emily Pethick, the directors of the three initiating institutions.  Circular Facts is a collaborative endeavor […]

Read the Masks. Tradition Is Not Given.

3 December 2009, 19:00 / UtrechtFilm screening and discussion Thursday 3 December, 19:00 hrs Location: Louis Hartlooper Complex  The film Read the Masks. Tradition Is Not Given (2009, ca. 80 min) is part of an ongoing project of the same title by artists Petra Bauer and Annette Krauss, which questions the Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet (Black […]


9 April 2009 / Casco HQ In the context of The Antagonistic Link, a project by Electric Palm Tree at Casco that deals with inherent frictions and constructive possibilities in transnational links, Polish curator Aneta Szylak and Iraqi artist Hiwa K. present and discuss their collaborative initiative Estrangement.  Estrangement, which began in 2007, explores the […]

The Antagonistic Link

28 March–17 May 2009 / Casco HQ A project by Electric Palm Tree in dialogue with The Demon of Comparisons at SMBA ProjectsArtists: Mixterminal by Mixrice, Heavy Metal (News) Around the World by Sasa |44| with Sulki & Min, Bye Bye Kipling by Nam June Paik, Operational Play by Hwa Yeon Nam Opening: Saturday 28 March, […]

An abstract plane for gatherings

6 February 2009, 19:00 / Casco HQ Processes of participation consist of a series of meetings or gatherings. How can the history of gatherings be written, and what are the specific modes of contemporary meeting practice? How do such meetings influence the present-day state of governance, and what kinds of gatherings can produce a setting […]

Generale Staten Workshop & Game/Performance

20–23 November 2008 / Casco HQWorkshop: Thursday 20–Saturday 22 November 2008 at Casco Game/Performance: Sunday 23 November 2008, 15:00–17:00 at Babel (Oudenoord 275, Utrecht Generale Staten (General States) is a project by Dutch artist Mieke Van de Voort, developed in collaboration with Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The project […]

The Publications Project 2008

13 July 2008 / Casco HQ Book launch & public discussion 13 July 16:00–22:00 at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory  The Publications Project 2008 is a collaboration between the Dutch Art Institute in Enschede and the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, mediated by Emily Pethick (former director of Casco). Instead of the brief exposure […]


1 April 2007, 17:00 / Casco HQ  Following her research into the self-governing and self-policing of the Danish free state Christiania, Nicoline van Harskamp presents a new video work entitled Freedomism. The broad spectrum of non-statist political thought from in and outside of the Netherlands is introduced through interviews with people who each in one […]

Alternative Economies and Artistic Practice

11 July 2006, 19:00 / Casco HQ In connection with Annika Lundgren’s The Power and Illumination Project, Casco holds a discussion on alternative economies and artistic practice. Annika Lundgren will talk about her work alongside presentations by Lise Skou (Swop Network) and Dominic Hislop & Elske Rosenfeld (Big Hope), followed by a discussion moderated by […]


28 May–23 July 2004 / Casco HQ Snowscape is an installation in Casco or actually with Casco. The entire space including the office is wrapped in white canvas for two months: a snowscape with pictures of an abandoned space after a fashion show. Roma Pas (1973) uses this after image to create a “zero setting:” […]

Commerce by Artists

15–16 February 2012, 19:00 / Casco HQDe Rooie Rat, Oudegracht 65, Utrecht (5 min away from Casco)  Casco organizes the book launch of Commerce by Artists published by Art Metropole, with editor and artist Luis Jacob. The book investigates the ways artists have been enacting commercial transactions through their work over the last few decades. […]

GDR GOES ON: Ljubljana

4 October 2013–21 October 2013 / LjubljanaOpening: Friday 4 October, 19:00hrs Locations: Storefront, Breg 22 and Azil Bookshop, Novi Trg 2, Ljubljana “Ce me ne vidiš, še ne pomeni da ne delam.” (Although you don’t see me, it doesn’t mean I don’t work.)  – Ask! action slogan by Revolt Social Workers, Ljubljana  The third edition of […]

Gestures and Embodiments, or, How To Live Together

6 September 2013, 19:00–22:00 / Goleb’s Project Space During the early half of 2013, Christian Nyampeta, a London based artist, became a regular resident and active participant at Goleb studios. Christian joined us through collaboration with Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht for its Artist at Work program. We would like […]

Publishing Class talk with Gwen Allen & picnic book launch

18 October 2013–19 October 2013 / UtrechtCasco office (Nieuwekade 213) and Casco Storefront (Voorstraat 88) Together with the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) MFA/Artez, we gladly invite you to join us for a talk with art historian Gwen Allen as well as a fall picnic book launch with Hanan Benammar, Aziza Harmel, Maja Hodošcek, Isabel Marcos, […]

Screening & Talk Maurits Script

14 September 2013, 20:00–22:00 / Casco HQFilm screening followed by a conversation between Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Christian Nyampeta at Casco (Nieuwekade 213-215, Utrecht). Free entrance.  It’s our great pleasure to invite you to the screening of Maurits Script (67 min, single channel version), a film by artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh, produced by Casco in […]

How one can leave our beloved ones with such joy?

1 November 2013, 19:00–22:00 / Casco HQMeeting point at 19:00 hrs: Casco Storefront at Voorstraat 88, Utrecht. From here, we will walk to Labre. The event is free but requires a reservation by emailing us. As part of the project How to Live Together and in collaboration with neighboring living group Labre, Casco organizes an […]

Dinner Conversation II: Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri

21 November 2013, 19:00–22:00 / Casco HQDo let us know whether you will join us so we might prepare a good amount of food! Please send an e-mail to Ying Que. On Friday 21 November 2013, Casco will continue last March’s dinner conversation with artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, where we convene to discuss […]

Conversation Market

6 July 2013, 11:00–17:00 / UtrechtHoog Catharijne Shopping Mall (Godebaldkwartier 57, Utrecht)  The economy is something we do, not just something that does things to us. We call these “community economies.” Together let’s explore various, alternative “business” models in a marketplace where conversations, not money, are exchanged. Featuring In de Ruimte, De Rooie Rat, Repair […]

Entanglement~Urban Trajectories

11 June–23 June 2013 / Casco HQ Inspired by various artistic practices and urban geographical research (see below for some of our sources of inspiration), Casco begins a new research project, Entanglement. With this ongoing inquiry, we propose a topological understanding of space. Instead of an entity, a quantity or an identity, which can easily […]

The Labours of Shine

16 April 2013, 19:00–21:00 / Casco HQ The subject of the seminar revolves around Holert’s recent video The Labours of Shine (2012). In a surprising juxtaposition between the figure of the shoeshiner in classic movies and Constantin Brancusi’s polished metal sculptures, Holert examines how the labor of shine, of producing shining surfaces, generates its own […]

Japan Syndrome – Amsterdam Version

13 March 2013, 12:00–18:00 / AmsterdamStudium Generale Rietveld Academie  Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam You are warmly invited to attend the vibrant and thought provoking four day conference-festival of Studium Generale Rietveld Academie Amsterdam: WHERE ARE WE GOING, WALT WHITMAN? An ecosophical road map for artists and other futurists, (12-15 March 2013). Gabriëlle Schleijpen, head of the […]

Revolution at Point Zero

31 January–1 February 2013 / Casco HQ and Amsterdam While the Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON at Contemporary Art Centre, Derry~London Derry, we explore one of the underlying concepts of the GDR, “the commons” in the two-day event entitled Revolution at Point Zero. The notion of “the commons” is Casco’s leitmotif for the 2013-2014 programme […]

Opening of exhibitions by Melanie Gilligan and The Otolith Group

14 November 2014, 18:00–21:00 / Casco HQ Casco is thrilled to present two newly commissioned projects by artists Melanie Gilligan and The Otolith Group in double solo exhibitions, the first in the Netherlands for both. You are very warmly invited to join the opening during which there will be a conversation with Gilligan and The […]

Masculinity Without Men: Queer Performance and Workshop

11 October 2014 / Casco HQ The workshop can accommodate up to 30 people and we kindly request that you register in advance by sending an e-mail to Ying Que. “[F]ar from being an imitation of maleness, female masculinity actually affords us a glimpse of how masculinity is constructed as masculinity. In other words, female […]

Arts Collaboratory Assembly: Indonesia

19 May–25 May 2014 / Jakarta The Assembly brings together the 24 participating organizations of the network in Indonesia for a week-long series of encounters. It centers around a series of working groups addressing a variety of topics including crisis and post-crisis sites, alternative pedagogies, urban intervention, rewriting (art) histories in terms of organizational practices, […]

The Utrecht Common(s) Course

23 April–30 April 2014 / Casco HQ The first session is 18:30 hrs on Wednesday 23 April at Casco’s new location in the museum quarter at Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht. The form and content of the subsequent sessions is informed by what happens and who takes part. Participants are encouraged to take part on all […]

Inqueersections Festival

14 February 2014–16 February 2014 / Amsterdam The workshops are free of charge and require no pre-registration. The timetable and complete descriptions of the workshops can be found on the website at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory is delighted to host Inqueersections Festival, which is dedicated to exploring the possibilities and […]

Self-Organizing a Cultural Common: Radical Collective Approaches to Art and Publishing

1 February 2014, 10:30–12:00 / The HagueBuurthuis Samsam, van Mierisstraat 226, the Hague In this post-Tahrir, post-Occupy moment, how can sustainable agency be found in public and cultural space? Historically, how do communities of artists and radical publishers provide alternative future possibilities for different ways of living and working in common?  As part of the […]

Whole Earth Catalog One Day Exhibition and Panel Discussion

7 January 2014, 19:30–21:30 / Arnhem Tuesday 7 January 2014, 19:30–21:30 hrs, Panel Discussion with David Senior, Nienke Terpsma, and others, Dutch Art Institute (Kortestraat 27, Arnhem)  Together with the Dutch Art Institute, we warmly invite you to greet the New Year with a public panel discussion featuring Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New […]

School in Common with Jing Y. Ng, Song Yi, and Zoénie Liwen Deng

1 September 2019, 15:00–17:30 / Casco HQ How does art for and of commoning operate in a country like China where economic and social inequality and class segregation deepen, while freedom of expression shrinks and direct activism is suppressed? School in Common, a new name for Casco’s Study Meetings, opens its autumn program with two […]

Study Meeting: Rizvana Bradley & Affective Communities

Photo: Martha Stroo

27 May 2019, 18:00–21:00Casco HQ The language for this event is English. The Study Meeting is free to attend. Visit the website to see our latest Access Note for Casco Art Institute. A crucial part of lived sociality, interpersonal relations—at the levels of affective, social-economic, and material support and care—inform our work and well being, our personal […]

Coffee & Questions: support for young creative professionals

13 January 2019, 11:00–13.00Casco HQ The pilot of Coffee & Questions, a walk-in consultation session for artists and designers at the start of their careers. If you want to be sure of a consultation session, we highly recommend you secure an appointment via Erik Uitenbogaard. On Sunday, 13 January from 11:00–13:00 hrs, we host the […]

Alternate Endings, Activist Risings

12 December 2018, 14:00–15:30 / Casco HQAll videos will be screened with English subtitles.Screening event of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, a program of new short videos from six community organizations and collectives as part of A Day With(out) Art.  “Watching the videos was a reminder that before there was a medical, governmental, or even artistic […]

Study Meeting on the future of Terwijde farmhouse

18 October 2018, 18:00–22:00 / Utrecht The Study Meeting is free of charge, but due to limited seats we ask you to reserve a spot. The inaugural Study Meeting on the future of Terwijde farmhouse; urban, rural and land commons; and ecological (un)learning centers around the question: A large farmhouse on the remaining plot of a […]

Love Meetings by Pier Paolo Pasolini

17 December 2017, 19:00–21:30 / Casco HQ In the context of the project-exhibition Army of Love we are screening the 1964 film Love Meetings (Comizi d’Amore, Italy / 89 min / Italian with English subtitles) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, followed by a discussion led by Marije Janssen, an activist and educator, and initiator of Platform […]

365 Days of Work Bilderkritik & Book launch

9 December 2017, 14:00–19:00 / Casco HQThe event is free but has limited capacity. If you would like to join, please contact us with a brief motivation. With the opening of Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books behind us – warm thanks to all those who came – we’ve organized a two-part event […]

Yes, We Fuck!

18 January 2018, 19:00–22:30 / Parnassos Cultuurcentrum The screening and discussion take place on the second floor of Parnassos Cultuurcentrum. There are a few stairs at the entrance that can be passed by means of a ramp. The ramp will be in place for the event from 19:00 till 22:30h. Please let us know if […]

Opening Army of Love & The Library of Unread Books

25 November 2017, 12:00–15:00 / Casco HQ Join us over lunch on Saturday, 25 November as we commence the exhibition period for Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books with a performance by Heman Chong entitled Words, They, Wrote followed by a conversation facilitated by Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes with the initiators of […]

Words From The Land (INLAND x Erfgoed)

22 July 2017, 10:00–18:00 / Leidsche Rijn On Saturday 22 July 2017 at Erfgoed we celebrate the launch of Words from the Land, a storytelling project that delves into the agrarian histories of Hof ter Weyde. “Currently the farmhouse sits empty, arrested in time between the past and present. You may wonder why this old-fashioned […]

Army of Love Training Camp

11–14 October 2017 / Utrecht The four-day training camp includes workshops and discussions shaped by the workshop leaders, open-call participants, current Army of Love members, and some of the Casco team. Each workshop day includes morning exercises, 2 x two-hour workshop sessions, lunch, and an afternoon meditation/wind-down period. Our goal is twofold: we will investigate […]

Our Future Network: Terms and Conditions from Utrecht

29 January 2017, 14:00–16:00 / Casco HQ Coinciding with the last day of the To Become Two exhibition by Alex Martinis Roe at Casco – and before its travel to ar/ge Kunst, Bolzano and thereafter The Showroom, London – we are organizing a Sunday afternoon meeting to envision a feminist network by drawing upon five key practices […]

Army of Love Introductory event

19 January 2017, 17:00–21:00 / Casco HQIf you would like to attend our Army of Love introductory event on Thursday 19 January, please make a reservation by Monday 16 January. For those visiting Casco – Office for Art, Design & Theory for the first time, it might be useful to understand accessibility in our beautiful […]

Meeting and conversation on domestic labor

8 December 2016, 19:30 / Casco HQ We would like to invite a small number of you to an intimate, self-closed conversation with our friend Sakiko Sugawa, co-founder of Social Kitchen in Kyoto, visiting fellow at Queens Museum (2015–2016) and a researcher/activist who has recently moved to the Netherlands to continue her commitment to the […]

Revive la commune!

30 June 2016, 19:00-22:00 / Kargadoor, Utrecht Please join us for Revive La Commune! Lessons from the Paris Commune in today’s struggles, a co-presentation by Kritische Studenten Utrecht and Casco The event will be a celebration and commemoration of the Paris Commune, as well as an occasion for discussing its vision and its legacy. Speakers […]

How To Have Food Together by (Un)usual Business

14 October 2015, 19:30–21:30 / Utrecht Initiated by Casco in 2013 in collaboration with Kritische Studenten Utrecht, the now self-managed research group (Un)usual Business launches their public program How To Get Together with the event How To Have Food Together. Take this opportunity to meet two food initiatives from Utrecht: collective VOKO Utrecht and organic […]

Artist Q&As with our current exhibiting artists

Image description: two people as silhouette shapes holding hands in the air, while standing in a foggy environment. Credit: Franz Mueller Schmidt, photo, 2021.

Thursday 13 January 202220:00–21:00 / OnlineEnglish with live captioning In the remaining time of our four exhibitions by Family Connection, Ola Hassanain, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) and Mariëlle Videler, we cordially invite you to join us for a short, sprightly online conversation with each artist in turn. Moderated by a different Casco team member each […]

Food Sovereignty in Zapatista territories: an exchange of stories and practices

23 October 2021, 14:30–17:30Access info regarding our building are to be found hereRead the house rules and COVID-policy belowRSVP via Part of Gathering for Life by Gira Holanda. We would like to ask if you can donate to support the movement if you have the means. Please visit The Zapatistas are coming to […]

School in Common: Cinema Olanda Film with Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Rolando Vázquez / CRIDE (Critical Decoloniality) organized with Centraal Museum

Image description: a view from below of a person standing on an outdoor spiral staircase encased by four cement pillars.

Saturday, 30 November, 14:00–16:30Centraal Museum (Agnietenstraat 1, Utrecht)Free but RSVP is necessary What are the (in)visible modes of speech involved in coalition building when navigating in and out normative powers of cultural and academic institutions?  There are so many different types of language used in art and activist communities. The language adopted for funding applications […]

Money & Meaning with Our New Economy and Femke Herregraven

Image description: graphic that says “Volatility storms investment portfolio pays interest on investment to investor (steps in for protection) if numbers increases endangered species and its habitat; looses investment to government (backs off from protection) if numbers decline.

08 February 2019, 17:00–21:00Casco HQ If you would like to join the meeting, you can sign up via Erik Uitenbogaard. The evening is free to attend, but please bring a contribution to the potluck dinner. On Friday, 8 February, 17:00 – 21:00, we invite you to the first Study Meeting of the new year, organized […]

Artist-tenant meetings

As part of the Common Grounds temporary studio offer, we asked the artist tenants to look closely at the findings and outcomes of Common Grounds so far, and to imagine together with us the future-use of this place in light of commoning through collective online meetings. This meant thinking of the future of what a […]