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 David Bennewith, Lieke Hettinga, Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik, Christian Nyampeta, Falke Pisano & Riet Wijnen, Bart Seidel (Gilde Utrecht), Deborah Sielert, Siobhan Wall, Merel Zwarts
co-presented with FOTODOK
At the core of any commoning practice is a shared resource. Land is often considered to be the most explicit or tangible example. Across the world you can find commons – expressed in different languages – that operate on the basis of collective management, cultivation, and maintenance of land. In the practice of such commons, shared experiences and stories are key to their survival.
Common Grounds is a two-fold exhibition program taking place over the Spring and Autumn seasons in 2020 that commits to specific places as exemplary sites of commoning. From two grounded locations – a space at Lange Nieuwstraat 7 and Terwijde Farmhouse in Leidsche Rijn –, Casco Art Institute explores questions of heritage, environment, relations, resources, and future to cultivate a tangible, living commons. These commons can be understood as common grounds for collective use, artistic exploration, and experiments into existing and new forms of living and working together.
The first iteration entitled Common Grounds: Story / Heritage is presented by Casco Art Institute and FOTODOK, who have been sharing the Lange Nieuwstraat 7 address since 2014. Both institutions inhabit a building overlooking the Abraham Dolehof, a hidden oasis in the Utrecht Museum Quarter whose ground is extended below to the old canal. We share this site with other conscious and unconscious commoners of the Abraham Dolehof, including small businesses, artists in their studio, residential neighbors, a 165-year-old platanus tree and perhaps the ghosts from the time before we came here.
We ask now; who are the future commoners? This exhibition program is an open invitation to join us at Casco and FOTODOK in experiencing the whole building and its surroundings and contribute to a story made out of many stories informed by historical research, relationships, imagination, and sense of the place. We would also love for you to share your interest and vision in the cohabitation of this site by visiting and contributing to the exhibition and the public program.
The exhibition grows with several chapters with artists slowly transforming the space, joined by various contributors and storytellers:
Chapter 1: This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below
with Bart Lunenburg joined by David Bennewith, Lieke Hettinga, Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik, Christian Nyampeta, Falke Pisano & Riet Wijnen, Bart Seidel (Gilde Utrecht), Deborah Sielert, Het Utrechts Archief, Siobhan Wall, Merel Zwarts, and more!
Friday, 6 March 2020, 18:00-21:00
Chapter 2: The irresistable shade of the vine,
with Jumana Emil Abboud joined by The Black Archives, Blackbird coffee & vintage, Karen Ebert, Lisa Eksteen, Rien Goené, Yvette Goené, Aetzel Griffioen, Ienke Kastelein, De Plaatsmaker, Lisanne Ruim, and more!
Thursday, 9 April, 18:00-21:00
Chapter 3: How Heavy is Time?
with Kanitha Tith, joined by Commons Network, Community Economies Research Network NL, Economy for the Common Good, Peace Brigades International, Stranded FM, Terra Critica and more!
Friday, 1 May, 18:00-21:00
Chapter 4: Give a Name to the Common Grounds
A festive gathering with all the participants to
speculate on the future of the Common Grounds
Saturday, 13 June, 15:00-18:00
The 2020 Autumn exhibition program will continue with Common Grounds: Song / Value (from 12 September to 15 November 2020), extending to Leidsche Rijn as another site for commoning.