It’s a Big Monster, so Stomp Hard exhibition at Moira

Happening at Moira in Utrecht: a week-long exhibition titled ‘It’s a Big Monster, so Stomp Hard’ with many recurring Casco collaborators including Weaving Realities, Iliada Charalambous, Katayoon Barzegar, Weaving Realities, Francisco Baquerizo Racines and items from the Gira Holanda archive. For more information on this weekend’s opening program full of workshops and more visit Moira’s Instagram.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November has been designated by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Until today, holders of power do not like women to be politically active. Although women have won many battles, patriarchy, rape culture, femicide, and misogyny remain dominant norms of the world we live in. Every year […]

Archival visit by Renata Mirón (De Voorkamer)

During her art residency at De Voorkamer artist Renata Mirón will facilitate a series of workshops that employ artistic research methods of knowledge production, sharing and archiving that aim to re-member the divine feminine of antiquity. For the first gathering Friday November 25, Casco welcomes Renata 13:00–14:30 for a guided visit to our archive where we will introduce the group […]

Zeal Summer School Open Day

Open call for student-participants! Next Tuesday 15 November there will be an open day for the Zeal Summer School about the pathways towards future diverse economies.  It’s organized by our commoning partner Our New Economy at HKU X with support of Casco. The event is held in Dutch and will consist out of lectures, panel […]

Salwa: Homemade Seeds

Following after their second gathering held at Casco, the third and final iteration of the 2022 SALWA Gatherings is nearly upon us. Happening at Framer Framed on 28–29 October, it is inspired by personal experiences regarding agriculture, and the preservation of food traditionally called “Mouneh”. This practice uses various techniques in order to make spring and […]

Singapore Biennale 2022: Natasha

This week Singapore Biennale 2022 kicks off under the name Natasha. Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons is honored to share that our director Binna Choi is one of the Co-Artistic Directors of this biennial alongside Ala Younis, Nida Ghouse and June Yap. Natasha operates under the given name to seek relatability and relationality with its visitors […]

DAI Friends & Alumni Grant

The DAI Friends & Alumni Grant recognises that many privileges and opportunities can be traced to the structural wealth generated during the colonial reign of western European countries and into the present day, of which The Netherlands was and is a significant player. Students who pay international study fees are often those who come from […]

From the Sea to the Clouds to the Soil

Last weekend From the Sea to the Clouds to the Soil opened at Stroom in The Hague, and its synchronous program is one we wish to highlight. The exhibition presents unexpected perspectives to make us (more) aware of the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature; of ‘kinship’, the ultimate feeling of connection between all forms of life. […]

Boca A Boca

Boca A Boca (en: “word of mouth”) is an online editorial project by foodculture days. Following a seasonal rhythm, Boca A Boca grows organically as a living archive and platform for the dissemination of (critical) thoughts and creative ideas. Each cycle is curated by guest editors invited to respond to a theme emanating from their ongoing field research. Casco’s […]

(un)Common Grounds: Reflecting on documenta fifteen

(un)Common Grounds: Reflecting on documenta fifteen takes place on the same days as the Platform BK Solidarity Camp in Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht). We embrace the synchronicity of the urgencies addressed by both events and stand in solidarity with each other. The full program of (un)Common Grounds will be live-streamed at […]

School of Digital Experimentation Medellín fundraiser

At the Casa Tres Patios Foundation they want to reduce the digital divide, which is one of the causes of inequality in Colombia. With your help, they will create the School of Digital Experimentation in which they will accompany the vulnerable population in Medellín, so that they can appropriate technology and, by using it, transform […]

lumbung statement

As core members of Arts Collaboratory (one of the many participating lumbing artists) we stand in solidarity and hereby reverberate the statement released by the lumbung members and artists on the critical situation surrounding documenta fifteen. Read the full letter via lumbung.space and e-flux Notes.

Letter to a Silk Road

We wish to highlight last week’s book launch ‘Letter to a Silk Road ‘by Marjolijn Boterenbrood. Mapping is inherent to a world governance. Marjolijn abstracted the old Soviet map aimed at extraction to a new imaginational Silk Road through adding drawn layers. It learn us to always unmap and re-map for the worlds in which […]

Rondje Singel

This weekend marks the Uitfeest – the annual opening of the cultural season in our city of residence Utrecht. For the occasion, we will be present alongside many local cultural partner institutes at Rondje Singel, held in Wolvenplein on Sunday from 12:00–18:00. During this informative and open gathering and joint exhibition, the mobile installation of Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills will be […]

AFIELD: Let’s Share!

Our partner AFIELD Study will host their third network study program and public workshop titled Let’s Share! this Saturday from 14:00–19:00 in Kassel, Germany. The day gathers a group of artist-led initiatives and supporters who are critically reflecting on their roles as collectors, patrons and philanthropists and explore economies based on collective, decentralized and sustainable values. Our director Binna Choi and […]

Organising Social Impact

We would like to celebrate the beginning of Organising Social Impact, a new master program at Utrecht University set up by our friends and collaborators Anders Utrecht. Our director Binna Choi and producer Marianna Takou joined a conversation during the launch at the faculty today in USBO Lecture Hall alongside Thomas de Groot and Sophie […]

You fed me when I was hungry

During the annual COOP Summit by Dutch Art Institute, we concluded and celebrated the DAI Co-Op 2021–2022 study group You fed me when I was hungry: Food Commons and Ecology of Belonging, led by organizer and research Ying Que and artist Müge Yilmaz on the invitation and support of Casco. We wish to thank them and congratulate […]

Landmarks

Theater makers Espen Hjort and Mees Borgman have been working together since 2021 under the name Landmarks. Based on ecological issues, they create performances in which the body, sound and imagination are central. The new performance STONEWORK, which is convened with support of Casco, will premiere on 9 September during the Gaudeamus festival.

Censorship Must Be Refused: Letter from lumbung community

This letter was sent on July 18, 2022 from the artists, ruangrupa, and the artistic team of documenta fifteen to the members of the documenta supervisory board. With surprise we discovered that it became public in the German media, which quoted only selective parts of it, producing a misinterpretation. Here is the letter in full. […]

Ik neem vrij op 1 juli!

On 1 July, Keti Koti or Dia di Abolishon, we commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1863 in Suriname and the former Antilles and we celebrate freedom. But after almost 150 years, 1 July is still not a national commemoration and holiday in the Netherlands. Support the campaign by Nederland Wordt Beter, The Black Archives, FunX FM, […]

Later Later Academy Awards at Casco

Later Later Academy Awards (happening this Sunday 16:00–18:00 at Casco) is an annual award by No More Later to evaluate the Dutch art academies based on their followers feedback about their studying experience through one academic year. Read more information through their Instagram.

Mondriaan symposium: Beeldende Kunst in het hart van de Samenleving

On 8 July, we expect many professionals in the field of contemporary art to come to Utrecht for the symposium organized by Mondriaan Fonds: Beeldende Kunst in het hart van de Samenleving. For that purpose we will extend our exhibition opening hours to 10:00–20:00.

Descartes Centre Summer Colloquium

Where are the crossovers between artistic and scientific knowledges? How can humanities scholarship  help to mediate the gap between them? What is scientific knowledge anyway? The Descartes Centre at Utrecht University researches topics from the “History and Philosophy of Science”. This is as broad ranging as it sounds and they are even expanding their horizons to […]

Participant Presentations at Jan van Eyck Academie: TFM and more

Wednesday 11 May, 17:30–19:00Jan van Eyck Auditorium On Wednesday 11 May 2022, writer-in-residence Wim Peumans, collective Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills and artist duo Gladys Zeevaarders & Sophie Johns will be delivering presentations about their work, artistic practice and research interests at the Jan van Eyck Academie. It will also be possible to attend […]

2022 Afield Study Program: The Construction of Ableism

Afield Fellowship warmly invites you to participate in their 2022 Afield Study Program titled The Construction of Ableism, which will focus on case studies of ‘ableism’ outside of Europe and North America. The aim of this program is to foster awareness about the inherent ableist structures that we live in and perpetuate. The program will […]

De Nieuwe Meent Crowdfunding Event

13 May 2022 / AmsterdamLocation: Jungle Amsterdam, Tweede van Swindenstraat 26, 7:30 pm Nieuwe Meent are celebrating their crowdfunding success with a festive event. Come celebrate with them on the 13th of May at Jungle Amsterdam, Tweede van Swindenstraat 26, from 7:30 pm onwards. The event will include a program which discusses the latest developments […]

Onze stad, ons canvas – 18 & 19 May

Stadslab RAUM in collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger, Stipo, European Placemaking Network and Casco will organize the first edition of Onze stad, ons canvas on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May. The conference takes place annually on the grounds of RAUM in Utrecht and one day earlier at various locations in various Dutch cities. A […]

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New AndersUtrecht podcast on grassroots initiatives

Through our AndersUtrecht partners: ”We are excited to share that our final podcast episode is now live on SoundCloud and Spotify! In this episode, we explore the role of grassroots initiatives in organising for change and societal transitions. Many thanks to Pieter Hessel from Transitiemotor and Thomas de Groot from Commons Network for joining us and sharing your thoughts and experience […]

Open call at FOTODOK: GROUNDING – Project Development

Our neighbors at FOTODOK are inviting artists related to the province of Utrecht to participate in an exhibition at their new location at De Machinerie, Gietijzerstraat 3, Utrecht. For more details about this open call, click here. 

First SALWA Gathering at Goethe-Institut

11–13 March 2022 Location: Goethe-Institut Niederlande, Herengracht 470, Amsterdam  The first SALWA Gathering that will take place at the Goethe Institut centers themes such as belonging, identity, and diasporic practices of remembrance, and will hold space for conversations across time. What can we learn from sharing our memories and how can we honor those that […]

International Women’s Day 2022 in Utrecht

Happy International Women’s Day! Check out the Instagram account of iwdutrecht for an expansive activity today here in Utrecht organized by many fine people in our network. Access info to be found within their posts. Follow the activity online or show up at Vrouwe Justitiaplein, 17:30 onward!

History of slavery in Utrecht, gathering

On 23 February the gathering ‘Slavernijverleden Utrecht: onderzoek, doorwerking en toekomst’ will take place – elaborating on the stories and history of slavery and effects of colonialism in this city. This event follows after last year’s book publication on this history by a.o. Nancy Jouwe. The gathering will be held in the Janskerk 10:00–12:00. Hosted […]

Akademie van Kunsten lecture 2022: ruangrupa

Every year the Akademie van Kunsten of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen invites a guest to reflect on the state of the arts. ruangrupa is guesting the Akademie van Kunsten Lecture 2022 on 11 February, online. Speakers are Liesbeth Bik, Ajeng Nurul Aini, Daniella Praptono, Bellina Erby, and farid rakun. The lecture is hosted by […]

Out now: Post-Precarity Zine: Toolbox for Beginning Artists

The zine is the result of the The Post Precarity Autumn Camp: How to Survive as an Artist? was organized by the Institute of Network Cultures, Platform BK, and Hotel Mariakapel – where our Marianna Takou contributed with a workshop. Find the zine here, where you can order the printed version, or download the digital alternative for free.

Closing our exhibitions

After a short but joyful exhibition period with shows by Family Connection, Ola Hassanain, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) and Mariëlle Videler, we closed them down last week . As the exhibitions ran until 20 January there was a shortened opening time due to the lockdown measures in The Netherlands. Showcasing these artists […]

Casco x DEN archive trajectory

In this article you can read about the experiences of six participants in the archive trajectory of autumn 2021: Toneelgroep Oostpool (Arnhem), ICK Amsterdam (Amsterdam) and Festival Cement (Den Bosch) from the performing arts, and Sundaymorning@ekwc (Oisterwijk), MU Hybrid Art House (Eindhoven) and Casco Art Institute (Utrecht) from the perspective of design and digital culture.

Winter recess

Please note that this weekend is the last occasion to visit Mariëlle Videler’s 365 PLANTS at the Travelling Farm Museum depot (Hof van Bern 33, Leidsche Rijn). The other exhibitions by Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Family Connection and Ola Hassanain will be open again in January, until the 20th. Our office and exhibitions are […]

Open call: communications intern

We are looking for a communication intern, focusing on the technical and developing side of the website and its digital archive. Please find the vacancy here and forward it to those who might be interested. If you have any questions, please reach out to communications@casco.art.

Quinsy Gario for Mister Motley

An impressive interview with Quinsy Gario just launched on Mister Motley. The interview was conducted by Jeanine van Berkel, who was also one of the contributors during our collaboration with Club Solo: Gathering amidst the ruins. The piece dives into his activisms, the history of Zwarte Piet Is Racisme, the role of Caribbean culture, while […]

WeArePublic Curatortour

WeArePublic is organizing a curator tour for their members to visit our exhibitions on 15 December – hosted by our Staci Bu Shea and Leana Boven. If you are a WAP member, please check out their website and we hope to see you at Casco!

Binna Choi at CIMAM 2021

Rewatch Binna Choi’s lecture at CIMAM 2021 – covering the role of museums, artists and society alike in the climate crisis, and how we should re-envision the idea of ‘living well’ if we are to tackle the climate crisis in the coming years.

Mariëlle Videler in NRC

365 PLANTS has been finely covered in newspaper NRC recently. You can visit the exhibition in Leidsche Rijn until 19 December.

10 Years of KOZP

As Sinterklaas weekend is approaching, we would like to highlight 10 years of Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP). Co-initiated by Quinsy Gario – member of Family Connection whose work is on view at Casco – and Jerry Afriyie, the organisation has been key in fighting the ongoing racist ZP tradition in The Netherlands. Please check […]

Remembering Silke Helfrich

We have been informed that Silke Helfrich has passed away. Helfrich was a long time commons-think and co-author with David Bollier on the book Free, Fair and Alive which Casco has been studying. Our thoughts go out to her close ones. Read this touching and beautiful remembrance by Bollier. We would like to leave you […]

Ansuya Blom at Club Solo

Ansuya Blom, a dear earlier collaborator and presented artist at Casco during Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons) will do a solo exhibition at Club Solo, opening 7 November. More information here.

CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference

Binna Choi, our director of Casco Art Institute will be speaking at the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference taking place in Poland early November. It’s titled “Under Pressure. Museums in Times of Xenophobia and Climate Emergency” and she will be speaking on the third day on “New Perspectives on Climate and Commonality”. Some of our beloved […]

Launching AndersUtrecht Podcast Series

The AndersUtrecht network, which Casco is a part of, has launched a new podcast series that brings together scholars and grassroots organizations. AndersUtrecht is a transdisciplinary network that aims to strengthen the cooperation between grassroots initiatives working towards ecological sustainability and social change in the Utrecht Region. It celebrates the variety among existing initiatives that […]

I have a scream by Babi Badalov

Babi Badalov, a dear artist with whom we have started working closely since our 2019 exhibition program Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons) is now in The Hague for the residency at Billytown. There’s opportunity to meet him again on the open study days on 28 and 29 October. More info here.

Thea – On Eulogies Pt. II (TENT x Mourning School)

Happening at Tent Rotterdam: a lecture performance by Mourning School (Lucie Gottlieb & our former office member and current close collaborator Rosa Paardenkooper) on Thursday, 21 October at 19:00. Over the course of the night the topics are about the different ways we organise the last moments of living and the first after dying, through the works and words of […]

Sites of Memory in Utrecht

Sites of Memory presents Future for the Past: a journey through time to show “hidden” stories from the colonial past. Artists from South Africa and the Netherlands give their vision on this topical subject in song, poetry, dance, visual arts and theatre. To be seen in Utrecht between 2 and 10 October. Future for the […]

Hidden Curriculum at City of Women Festival

Annette Kraus’ Hidden Curriculum is on view now at City of Women Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia – where our long-term project Grand Domestic Revolution did a tour in 2013. The exhibition runs until 5 November.

documenta fifteen

Casco congratulates and wishes the very best for the documenta fifteen artistic team, its lumbung members and participating artists many of whom we have been working and interacting with including ruangrupa, Gertrude Flengtge, INLAND, ikkibawiKrrr, ook_reinaart vanhoe, Chimurenga, Jumana Emil Abboud, Marwa Arsanios, Another Roadmap Africa Cluster, Center d’art Waza, MAMA, Graziela Kunsch, and finally […]

Email addresses, update

We would like to put to your attention that from now on we are only reachable through our [name]@casco.art email addresses. In the past our inboxes were still synchronised with the old cascoprojects.org ones – yet the hosting service announced their ending and we now made the complete transfer. You can find the respective email addresses via […]

Ateliers Kersenboomgaard

Some of the members of the Travelling Farm Museum are the artists at Ateliers Kersenboomgaard which will have the Open Day and Atelierroute on Saturday 2 October 12:00–20.00 in Leidsche Rijn. Read more information here (in Dutch).

COOP Summit 2021

Five COOP study groups are at the heart of the Dutch Art Institute (DAI)’s curriculum: Casco has been a long-term partner of DAI for “curating” one of the COOP study groups, including the current one “Reframing Climate Colonialism: Pleasuring the Radical Imagination” tutored by Ying Que and Clementine Edwards. The outcome of the research trajectory […]

Post-Precarity Autumn Camp

From September 27th until October 1st, the Institute of Network Cultures, Hotel Maria Kapel (Hoorn), and Platform BK organize an autumn camp for young art workers. During their Tuesday our Marianna Takou will give a workshop on commoning perspectives on public funding.

Unlearning Exercises at 50 years of F+F Zürich

This Friday 24 September at 16.00–18.00 two at the heart of our ecosystem – Ying Que and via Zoom Annette Krauss – will give a workshop on Unlearning Exercises at the Vermittlungsraum Migros Museum. We congratulate F+F – visit their website here.

Summer break

Casco Art Institute will close her office and slow down daily operations from 1 to 21 August 2021.  During our summer break, our office remains closed, and we will take a pause in our daily social media communications. You still can reach us via info@casco.art; if urgent please call at +31 (0)30 231 9995 Passing […]

Soft launch website: building the archive

During our summer recess, we would like you to get acquainted with our soft-launched new website. As this website – developed by Dietwee featuring our updated identity by David Bennewith (colophon.info) – launched late May, we are currently busy with the process of moving our archives on to this new platform. We would like to […]

Weekly reports from the Travelling Farm Museum tours

Reporting from the annual Travelling Farm Museum tours, we bring you snapshots, stories and/or know-hows learned from them by the hosts, members of the Museum and co-travellers! Expect almost a weekly write-up covering these tours where residents, farmers and artists together explore Leidsche Rijn’s agro-ecological past, present & future. For more information on the tours […]

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Project

Casco is one of the locations alongside AG, Moira and The Creative Playground / LDD that will host the graduation exhibitions of HKU MA Fine Art 2019-2021 – which shall take place from 26 June to 8 July. The Time That Keeps Growing Quietly in Our Absence features individual and collaborative contributions from the graduating class. […]

Endorsement and Solidarity for Palestine – Statement by Gender Studies Utrecht

Endorsement and Solidarity.  Casco Art Institute stands in solidarity with Palestine and urges society and governments to speak up and act against the ongoing war crimes, human rights violations and increasing settler colonial action by the governing state of Israel.  Read the statement by our colleagues at the Graduate Gender Programme & Netherlands Research School […]

Soft launch: new website

We are very happy to announce this new digital platform to communicate our activities and projects with you. This website has been developed by Utrecht based communication- and webdesign studio Dietwee with the updated Casco identity by David Bennewith (colophon.info). The website is under continuous construction – items such as the archive, additional resources and […]

Call for Curators invites Casco for ALT(ering) + SHIFT(ing) + COMM(uning)

Want to learn more about our institutional history and the work we do? Revisit the online talk hosted by the platform Call for Curators on Tuesday 27 April, where our Binna Choi and Staci Bu Shea were invited for a conversation on Casco. The talk is part of their series ALT(ering) + SHIFT(ing) + COMM(uning).

Support the 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust crowdfunding campaign

This week we would like to draw your attention to the crowdfunding campaign of our fellow Arts Collaboratory partner 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust in Kampala, Uganda. With the aim of building their own new art centre, 32° East is taking a decisive step towards resilience and sustainability for their organization and community alike, raising the first art […]

Publication: cultuur in tijden van corona (with Boekmanstichting & ASOM)

Despite the major problems in the first year of corona, cultural institutions actively changed gears to maintain engagement with their audience. This necessary resilience could be generated with special projects. In this publication, fifteen cultural institutions of a diverse nature and discipline are portrayed. How do the cultural institutions experience the corona crisis, and what […]

art.coop launch (Solidarity Not Charity – Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy)

The report ‘’Solidarity Not Charity: Arts & Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy” is now available. This initiative is about the ways that arts and culture grantmakers can engage in systems-change work that addresses root causes rather than symptoms of cultural inequity. The cultural sector is actively seeking alternatives to business-as-usual to create economic and […]

Summer URLs

Casco’s doors are closed for our summer break until 16 August. During this period we will rejuvenate while ruminating over Casco’s future: the coming years program including the project exhibition We Are The Time Machines (opening 14 November 2015) that concludes our three-year research into Composing the Commons and celebrates our 25th anniversary! Meanwhile we […]

March with us on International Women’s Day

In many places, International Women’s Day has taken on characteristics similar to Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, with women traditionally receiving a rose from their loved ones. In Utrecht it is hardly celebrated. Instead, an occasion called “Cultural Sunday,” which happens here on the same date, celebrates not women’s rights but consumerism “Kijken Kijken Kopen” […]