Launch of the public research phase of Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills
Saturday, 7 March 2020, 14:00 - 18:00
Departing at the Terwijde farmhouse, Louis Armstronglaan 30, across from Terwijde station
Yes, some people entered and asked if in time this farmhouse would become a “pancake house,” or if we were squatting the space. We, in the meantime, tried to create a communal space, where “living together” was free. Nobody baked pancakes, but we did have workshops, meetings, food, music and even an “insect occupation.” – Leonardo Siquiera (The Outsiders), core team of Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) at Terwijde Farmhouse
This led to magnificent transformations. How a little barbecue could evolve into a garden rave, how leftover materials were made into chicken shelters, how borders were crossed by [playground] slides or doors, how I felt I was becoming part of the “farmhouse family.” Everything was growing. – Merel Zwarts, core team of Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use) at Terwijde Farmhouse
On Saturday, 7 March, Casco returns to another common ground, the Terwijde Farmhouse in Leidsche Rijn, for the launch of the public research phase of the Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills.
In 2018, an abandoned farmhouse stood between a shopping center and a train station. The artist collective The Outsiders and Casco Art Institute gathered neighbors, artists, and communities from Leidsche Rijn to collectively inhabit and animate the farmhouse and embark on a commons experiment. From seeding to harvest time, several activities were developed to think about the past of Leidsche Rijn as farmland, and its then-future as Utrecht’s newest neighbourhood.*
In 2019 the farmhouse was sold to a developer and our activities there came to an end. Since then, we have been working together with the Outsiders and a number of key collaborators from the Terwijde days to develop the Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills: a travelling, participatory museum that listens to the history, (im)material heritage, and present-day inhabitants – human and non-human – of Leidsche Rijn.
Our world is in constant transition, with the Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills, we develop a collaborative infrastructure to listen to Leidsche Rijn – the environment, children, trees, insects, etc. – to propose and develop skills for world-building in a fair and sustainable way.
Casco Art Institute, The Outsiders and artist Merel Zwarts invite you to contribute to this process by joining us in Leidsche Rijn on Saturday, 7 March 14:00 when we begin to collect stories, materials, objects and participants for this future museum.