Common Grounds: Story / Heritage
Chapter one: This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below by artist Bart Lunenburg, with contributions in the forms of characters, scenes, and conversations by researcher Lieke Hettinga, artist Christian Nyampeta, artist and educator Merel Zwarts, architect Andreas Müller, researcher Deborah Sielert, and more!
co-presented with FOTODOK
Opening Friday, 6 March, 18:00 – 21:00 at Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht
Where are we? What (resource) does a place offer us and what do we give back? How are we preserving, maintaining, and nourishing it? Who are “we” in this place, and how can we cultivate the “we”?
These questions form the basis of a commons practice and are brought to the grounds at Lange Nieuwstraat 7 with the two-fold exhibition program Common Grounds extending across the year 2020.
The Common Grounds program kicks off in spring with the exhibition program Story / Heritage, telling stories of the site through past, present and future relations, co-presented with FOTODOK. The Song / Value exhibition program follows in autumn, and sings songs to generate common values.
Since 2014, Casco and FOTODOK have shared a building on Lange Nieuwstraat that overlooks the Abraham Dolehof courtyard. In that time we’ve shared it with many others, including small businesses, artists in their studios, residential neighbors, a 165-year-old platanus tree, and, perhaps, the ghosts from the time before we arrived. Taking our physical location as a starting point, Common Grounds: Story / Heritage unfolds over several chapters in the coming months and looks at how an exhibition can be a story-telling device for many, in all their differences, “when there is never enough time and survival is uncertain.” (This question was asked in the context of Haunted Bookshelves for Catalogue No.3, a collaboration between Read-in, Display Distribute & Kunci, 2018)
More stories will follow - for now please save the date of the opening of the first chapter of Common Grounds: Story / Heritage on Friday, 6 March 2020, 18:00 - 21:00 at our common grounds on the Lange Nieuwstraat 7.