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Summer break 29 July–19 August

Our team will be on holiday break from 29 July–19 August. During this period, Casco’s gallery office and exhibition space will be inhabited by MAFA HKU students and alumni, who will be conducting a self-organized artistic stay.

Relating to the Present

Our artistic director Aline Hernández will be part of the seminar Relating to the Present, happening next week from 17–20 July. She will discuss alternative economies, Casco Art Institute’s approach to commoning, and the Arts Collaboratory network. The multi-day event is organized by Aperto, a program for contemporary art professionals promoted by Fondazione Arte CRT in Turin, Italy.

Everyday Runners podcast

Andy Fuller, an ecosystem member from Reading Sideways Press, presents a new podcast exploring the feelings, practices, and methods of running. He interviews experts and everyday runners about their experiences and is eager for feedback and suggestions for potential collaborators from all fields. Contact him at

Commons to Coop – Jubilee Summer School 2024

This week, 1–5 July, the Commons to Coop – Jubilee Summer School 2024 takes place at Kunsthal Gent. During a week of workshops, walks, and public conversations, local histories of cooperative organization and work with Eavatea will be studied–a new tool for artistic research and counter-mapping. Find more information on the website.

Keti Koti

In the past days, we commemorated and celebrated Keti Koti – Dia di Abolishon – marking the abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Antilles in 1863 (though many enslaved people were forced to continue until 1873). Despite nearly 150 years passing, 1 July is still not recognized as a national day of remembrance and celebration in the Netherlands. We amplify the call from the ongoing voices of the Black communities to establish 1 July as an official labor-free day, just as Liberation Day. Moreover, we urge our networks to sign and read the Zwart Manifest (Black Manifest), which strongly advocates for reparations by the state after 300 years of Dutch colonialism and improvements in contemporary rights related to housing, documentation, police violence, and more.

Nightwalk with TFM and Expodium

This Thursday! Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills is hosting a closing event at their current depot as they prepare to move to a new location. On 27 June, 20:30, everyone is invited to gather one last time at Hof van Bern 33 and join them for a night walk through the agrarian past of Leidsche Rijn—a trusted practice by their friends at Expodium. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drinks to share, while coffee and tea will be provided! Please help spread the word and join this special evening.

Ecosystems of Solidarity by ULUS in Požega

From June 14–17 in Požega! This solidarity gathering is convened by ULUS, an organization that advocates for improving the status of artists in Serbian society, their working conditions, and exploring new ways of collaboration. The event will feature participation from our team members Aline Hernández and Marianna Takou, who will share an introduction and a brief history of the Arts Collaboratory network, as well as the role of art institutions in fostering radical imagination. This session will examine economic experimentation, emphasizing funding paradigm shifts and alternative economies of solidarity, supported by self-organizing and self-governance structures. These mechanisms, developed in AC over time and influenced by funding and policy trends in the Netherlands and the broader EU context, can serve as an inspiration for broader art world sustainability through collective tools, shared responsibility, and ethical accountability.

HKU MAFA Graduation Show

Don’t miss the HKU MAFA Graduation Show, (Dis)comfort Narratives: Moving with the Feeling, opening on 19 June! This show explores the tensions and proximities of eco-socio-cultural pressures and intimate relational dynamics from various perspectives and backgrounds. We are curious to see this culmination as we have been working with the students often in their studies. Graduation works by: Habiba Afifi, Fatemeh Asiri, Naomi de Bruijn, Savvas Gerolemidis, Wenkang “Hohn” Guan, Athina Koutsiou, Nguyễn Ngọc Tú Dung, Cornalijn Overweg – Ramaker, Öykü Özoğul, Natsumi Sakai, Parel Strik, Pan Vanitcharoenthum, and Sean Ali Wang.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh at Akademie van Kunsten Festival

Wendelien van Oldenborgh will be showcasing her film Obsada (2021) at the Akademie van Kunsten Festival, which marks the 10-year anniversary of the Dutch Society of the Arts. The screening is scheduled for Thursday, 13 June, in the auditorium of the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam, starting at 21:30. The artist, who has been a board member for 10 years and has collaborated with us in the past, will be present for a brief discussion about her work following the screening.

Nongkrongen in Utrecht

On 9 June, 15:00–18:00, gather at The Outsiders for a collective discussion and sharing moment organized by Stichting Das Spectrum. This Nongkrongen session is inspired by the Indonesian “nongkrong,” which implies to informally hang around together in between work. There will be food available, children are welcome, and toys are provided. The session, hosted at The Outsiders’ depot, explores their commoning practice, connecting art, agroecology, and architecture.

Sandberg Graduation Shows

Opening on 8 June, Sandberg Instituut presents the work of graduating students (Sandberg Graduation Shows) from its five main departments: Critical Studies, Design, Dirty Art Department, Fine Arts, and Studio for Immediate Spaces, along with two temporary programs: F for Fact and Re Opera. The exhibition runs until Tuesday. You are able to visit from 11:00–22:30 daily (Tuesday, 11:00–17:00).

Connecting Geographies #5, a project by Marjolijn Boterenbrood

Opening on 7 June in Amsterdam, 17:00–20:00: Connecting Geographies #5 by Marjolijn Boterenbrood. Having worked with Marjolein, presenting her book Letter to a Silk Road at Casco in 2022, she continues her research-driven art practice on Eurasian and specifically  Kyrgyzstani historic mapping traditions. The week-long project takes place at various locations and includes presentations, readings, and more, by amongst others our Arts Collaboratory colleague Malika Umarova. Visit the website for more details.


On 7 June, P1 opens their new location in Rotterdam, along with their first exhibition–A LOUD VOICE NEVER DIES–involving research, an intervention, and an archive. With its title based on participating artist Urok Shirhan’s work, the program at their newly occupied sports school can be seen as an extension of their years-long practice of (re)claiming territory, engaging with questions that reconfigure the private and public.

Impact Grant 2024

Final week to submit applications for the Impact Grant 2024 by The Supporting Act Foundation! These unrestricted Impact Grants assist artist-led, underfunded grassroots organizations with community-driven approaches to using the arts for social change, particularly those supporting emerging artists from under-recognized groups. The deadline is May 27, 2024. Please head to their website for more information on specific eligibility criteria, which may depend on factors such as the organization’s location or that of a fiscal sponsor.

New release by Shishani

Shishani’s “Forget to Remember,” which she performed during our Common Grounds: Song/Value activities alongside NGT translator Nathaly Tweeboom in 2021, is officially released now. The song is a sign of the times—watch the video clip here, featuring human rights activists from around the world. Save the date for her release show at BIMHUIS on September 12, 2024.

Rijksakademie Open Studios 

Rijksakademie once again opens its doors this spring for the annual Open Studios. The event starts on May 30 and runs until June 2. The residents showcase what has emerged from a period of experimenting, researching, and producing new work. Among the remarkable list of this year’s contributors are Noor Abed and Ada M. Patterson, and our cooperative team- and fellow lumbung ecosystem member Reza Afisina from ruangrupa will open his studio as a guest resident. Visit their website to reserve your spot.

Leidsche Rijn Luistert in Loving Geopolitics Podcast

Erik Uitenbogaard, Head of Diverse Economies at Casco, is featured in the Loving Geopolitics podcast, elaborating on the Casco project Leidsche Rijn Luistert, a multi-year endeavor on the role of art and artists in bridging the gap between the city and the countryside. Erik invited two conversation partners to explore this reconnection: Merel Zwarts, artist from the collective the Outsiders and co-initiator of the project Leidsche Rijn Luistert, and Ella Derksen, co-founder of Casco and active in the commons-oriented Gemene Grond project through the municipality of Utrecht. The Loving Geopolitics Magazine is an initiative we connected with via Prof. Giep Hagoort.

Solidarity and fundraising for Palestine at de Appel’s neighbors

On 11 May, Cinetol in Amsterdam organizes an extensive solidarity fundraising program for Palestine with music, poetry, and more. Our colleagues at de Appel join with a dabke workshop and print kiosk.

Open call: AFIELD Transitional Justice Grant 

AFIELD invites artists and cultural workers to apply for its Transitional Justice grant. Four $10,000 grants will support projects bolstering transitional justice mechanisms in contexts of systemic oppression. Artists of any discipline and cultural workers are encouraged to submit applications with existing projects/initiatives or viable ideas.

Printed Matter

Currently happening: Printed Matter in New York! Our artistic director Aline Hernández is representing Casco Art Institute, joining our fellow Arts Collaboratory member Cooperativa Cráter Invertido. During this multiple-day fair and gathering of forward-thinking collectives, institutions, and self-publishing initiatives, we bring amongst others our Climate Justice Code book and lumbung kios merch to the table.

Overview of our upcoming April events

As there is a whole lot coming up this month of April, we hereunder list a comprehensive overview. We hope to see and connect with you at Casco and beyond!

Friday, 12 April: Collective reading session on Kathrin Böhm’s Art on the Scale of Life book
Saturday, 13 April: The Arts in Solidarity
Sunday, 14 April: Foraging workshop ‘I took a walk and was fed’ (Tonio Flores and Toni Kritzer) – Critical Pathways, Utrecht University
Thursday, 18 April: Community dinner and presentation: A Moving Feast (Tonio Flores) – Critical Pathways, Utrecht University
Friday, 19 April: Doing Gender workshop (Rizvana Bradley, Gender Studies)
Saturday, 20 April: Collective reading session on Kathrin Böhm’s Art on the Scale of Life book
Thursday, 25 April: Casco and Myvillages present: Rural School of Economics – Zburazh art coop
Wednesday, 1 May: Publication launch and festivities – Art on the Scale of Life with Kathrin Böhm and Wapke Feenstra

Update: Rizvana Bradley workshop at Casco

This Friday, 19 April, we are happy to welcome Dr. Rizvana Bradley back to Casco for a workshop titled The Critique of Form: Anteaesthetics and Black Aesthesis. Rizvana presented at Casco before in the context of the study trajectory Poetics of Living together withour former curator Staci Bu Shea. We would encourage you to research into her work, as for this Friday the workshop is fully booked. Find more information on her presence in Utrecht via NOG. Following this event, the Doing Gender lecture is set at the University on Monday.

aural conduct label showcase

Next week, on Thursday, 25 April, an experimental listening and performance night by the aural conduct record label takes place at music venue Garage Noord in Amsterdam. The showcase features artists my name is not mata, k cidder, and Cardboard Lamb and is organized by Casco teammember Luke Cohlen. Expect transgressive yet poetic sounds and the weaving of radio practices into a live setting.

de Appel opening: Edgelanders

On Saturday, 13 April, 16:00–20:00, the exhibition Edgelanders by artists Ehsan Fardjaniya and Raul Balai will open at de Appel. Throughout the multifaceted art project, they build a self-organized trial against the city of Amsterdam, through which they critically assess its ethical image and juridical obligations, while researching and weaving the voices of its affected and responsible citizens.

TFM feature in Urban Food Mapping book

Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills is featured in Urban Food Mapping: Making Visible the Edible City, co-edited by Katrin Böhm! Advocating for creative food mapping solutions against the sustainability issues we collectively face, it highlights the intricate relationship between food systems and urban environments. TFM’s contribution–Reimagining the (agri)cultural city: Commoning and cultivating relationships in Utrecht, Holland by Merel Zwarts, Corelia Baibarac-Duignan, and Asia Komarova–dives into their extensive artistic inquiry into Leidsche Rijn’s agroecological history and forgotten skills.

Rizvana Bradley in Utrecht: Doing Gender

On Friday, April 19 at Casco, Dr. Rizvana Bradley (University of California, Berkeley) will give a workshop organized with NOG, Terra Critica, and Critical Pathways, titled The Critique of Form: Anteaesthetics and Black Aesthesis. The Monday afterwards, Rizvana will give a Doing Gender lecture. More information here.

24 hours Palestine 

This Saturday from 12:00–17:00, Casco will participate as a listening station for 24hrs/Palestine, a plurilingual program uniting voices in solidarity with the Palestinian people. This initiative aims to gather perspectives from around the globe on the necessities and possibilities of anti-colonial solidarity, spanning various time zones and physical spaces. Feel welcome at Casco or visit the initiative’s Instagram for updates!

Plot(ting) launch at Rietveld

On April 17, the publication launch of Plot(ting) will take place at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Stemming from the Art & Spatial Praxis research group, Plot(ting) serves as a platform merging art, research, and spatial dynamics. Inspired by Sylvia Wynter’s pioneering theories on space and narrative, Plot(ting) explores ‘plotting’ as a model for artistic practice and inquires into a diverse range of art practices. The event will feature performances and talks by, among others, Francisca Khamis Giacoman and Patricia de Vries. For more information, please visit their website.  

Open call for participants: The Closet

The Closet is a gathering space for youth aged 14 to 18 years old. It aims to foster a sense of belonging through the experimentation of costumes and drag. It starts on 15 April 2024, and lasts for 3 months. Initiated by queer educator Taka Taka, the program features workshops, tool-building, and more. It is open to a maximum of 15 people (in English), and the deadline for registration is 8 April.
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Ansuya Blom – Solo Exhibition

Ansuya Blom, a dear board member, is opening her solo exhibition show at Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd organized by Centraal Museum today. The show remains open from 23 March to 30 June 2024. Don’t miss it!

de Appel: Housewarming – Activations for a new location

Partner institution de Appel in Amsterdam recently relocated from creative grounds Lely in Nieuw-West to Tempel in Diamantbuurt due to renovation and gentrification plans in Nieuw-West. de Appel’s forthcoming emphasis centers on housing, grassroot (art) economy, and governance, with a focus on collectivization and land struggle. Land plays a critical role in confronting environmental crises, land grabbing, and affordable housing, especially within the framework of late capitalism that transforms land into a commodity. Across the globe, movements fight for free and fair access to land and its resources. Embracing like-minded practices to ours, de Appel invites artists whose work concerns this struggle and experiment with shared ownership and commons.

In the coming weeks, starting for the public on 7 March, their Housewarming program spanning the month will feature performances, screenings, and conversations, with artworks and traces remaining in the exhibition space. Artists and speakers include Alina Lupu, Francisca Khamis Giacoman, Jumana Emil Abboud, Marina Christodoulidou, and many others. Visit their website for the full schedule.

Open call: Reclaiming Our Commons – A Proposal for Cultural Collaboration Across the Arab Region

Culture Resource, in collaboration with partner organizations, including Ettijahat – Independent Culture, Aflamuna, and L’art Rue, is launching an open call aimed to support commons-oriented artistic and cultural projects and initiatives from the Arab region and diaspora. Grants ranging from €8,000 to €30,000 will be provided to fund approximately 12 projects, which will be implemented and showcased in various cities across the Arab region in 2024 and 2025. Subsequently, specific projects will be selected to participate in central events in Beirut and Ramallah, the details of which will be determined later. The deadline is 12 April. Visit their website for more information.

Open call: MA program Lumbung Practice at Sandberg Instituut

A partnership between Sandberg Instituut, de Appel (Curatorial Programme), Gudskul (Collective Study Program), and tutors from the lumbung ecosystem.

We want to amplify the open call for the new temporary Sandberg MA program Lumbung Practice. It is developed and hosted by Lara Khaldi and Gertrude Flentge (both members of artistic team documenta 15), in close collaboration with Gudskul and lumbung artists and collectives. Most tutors will come from the lumbung ecosystem, including Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons.

The master program will build on the gained knowledge and experimentations in lumbung-documenta 15. Participating collectives will practice and learn about the concept and practice of lumbung, self-organization, and sociopolitical artistic and curatorial practices, as well as producing alternative art institutions and economies for the future. Together, they will experiment with a commons-based arts discourse and economy, connecting and adding to the cosmology of lumbungs and existing working groups (interlocal, Indonesia, Kassel, and others).

It is open to artistic, curatorial, and interdisciplinary collectives and can be applied to with a minimum of two members. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2024.

Lecture at KASK School of Arts, Ghent

Our artistic director, Aline Hernández, will present a lecture in the Curatorial Lectures series, jointly organized by the postgraduate program in Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts Ghent and S.M.A.K. in Ghent. The series explores communal living through artistic practice under the theme ‘Working with Communities’, focusing on the role of curating in community formation and fostering trust in relationships.

Open call: Onassis AiR residencies and fellowships

Onassis AiR currently has an open call for its 2024–25 residencies and fellowships spanning artistic research, dramaturgy, and technological development. Open to artists, curators, and practitioners from any discipline, the program encourages cross-disciplinary exchange, addressing urgent themes in dialogue with local and global contexts. Held in Athens, Greece, from September 2024 to July 2025, the deadline for applications is 4 March 2024.

Hawai‘i Triennial 2025

A moment to celebrate! Hawai‘i Triennial 2025 has now been fully announced, for which our dear former director and cooperative team member Binna Choi is one of the three curators. Together with Wassan Al-Khudhairi and Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, they form the first non-hierarchical trio of curators for the Triennial composed of women of color. Read the full curatorial statement on the website linked above.

Organized by Hawai‘i Contemporary, the Hawai‘i Triennial 2025 (HT25) is a multi-site exhibition of contemporary art from Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and beyond. The forthcoming exhibition, titled ALOHA NŌ, highlights aloha as more than a ubiquitous Hawaiian greeting, but a profound philosophy and way of life, exploring its connection to the land, environment, and community. ALOHA NŌ aims to reclaim aloha from colonial-capitalist historicity and present it as a transformative power enacted through contemporary art. By collapsing two seemingly opposite meanings—”no” in English with “nō,” an intensifier, in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language)—the exhibition underscores aloha’s depth and collective enactment.

Read-in: Haunted Bookshelves_8M edition

Happening this Saturday, 18 February, 15:00–17:00 at Moira Exporiment; online participation is possible as well, email for the Zoom link.

Organized with artist Dung Nguyen, this Read-in continues its Haunted Bookshelves practice, a choreography for memorizing, through assessing the absence or (re)contexualization of what is written. The session will be in light of the upcoming International Women’s Day or International Women Workers Day. This memorial day began because feminists wanted to honor the women who went on strike, the women who fought for suffrage and the end of war. IWD exists because we remember women, both cis- and trans, who started revolutions. It is a day to rise, resist, revolt, unite and disrupt business as usual, to celebrate and stand in solidarity with women and girls all over the world. As we are getting ready to heed the many calls to action and take the streets on 8 March, the event asks what we should memorize to prepare for this day.

Podcast: Creative Resistance in Agri(culture)

In this episode of The Late Mode Podcast, host Giulia meets with Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills’s Merel Zwarts to discuss how creative practices can be applied to rethink our relationship with food, agriculture, and history. Following the thread of resistance, Merel takes us on a journey of Leidsche Rijn, sharing stories about challenges, adaptability, and the future of a sustainable urban-rural relationship.

GROND crowdfunding campaign

GROND, a cultural space and community center in Amsterdam East, seeks €15,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to prepare its new facilities. Emphasizing collectivity, sustainability, and creativity, GROND aims to combat alienation by experimenting with and assembling new recipes for life and work with residents and users – including We Sell Reality – as well as with the public. You can help support their mission by donating to their crowdfunding campaign, here.

Reflecting & transforming: Casco on 2023

This year marked significant changes for Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons.

Arts Collaboratory became more embedded in the organization through the ecosystemic shift we underwent. As a result of this shift, in September 2023, we welcomed Aline Hernández, a member of Arts Collaboratory through Mexico-base cooperative Cráter Invertido, and Marianna Takou, long-time worker of Casco Art Institute, in their new roles of Artistic Director and Executive Director, respectively, reshaping the leadership over the daily maintenance of Casco’s team. A newly formed cooperative team composed of ecosystem members also joined us, with whom we remain grateful for their trust and generous support during the process. A newly formed cooperative team composed of ecosystem members also joined us, with whom we remain grateful for their trust and generous support during the process. This formation includes our former director Binna Choi, who paved the way for us with her energy and dedication during her fifteen-years lead of Casco.

This shift is part of a larger constellation of similar ecosystem-driven transformations catalyzed through membership to Arts Collaboratory. As former Casco curator Jason Waite notes in a recently published article in ArtReview, we have seen how “the effects of the experience in Arts Collaboratory reach beyond its member institutions” over the last years. Ashkal Alwan’s director Christine Tohmé, for example, conceived of a decentralized Sharjah Biennial 13 that included Dakar, Ramallah, and Beirut, as well as several AC members, gesturing towards the translocal collaboration practice that lies at the heart of the network. In a similar vein, ruangrupa was appointed as curator of the 15th edition of documenta, which included the participation of several Arts Collaboratory organizations such as Centre D’Art Waza and Más Arte Más Acción and even Arts Collaboratory itself as an entity, bringing along other members including Cráter Invertido, Lugar a Dudas, and KUNCI Study Forum & Collective. For their part, curator Koyo Kouoh, who was the director of Raw Material Company, became the founding director of Zeitz MOCAA, the first museum of contemporary art in Southern Africa, and, Marie Hélène Pereira, who followed her as director of Raw, is now senior curator of performance practice at HKW.

More recently, our membership to Arts Collaboratory also sparked a series of other translocal collaborations now in the context of the Netherlands, with Casco co-hosting Arts Collaboratory Annual Assembly (13–23 November) together with fellow member DOEN Foundation. For the occasion, we were joined by lumbung and L’Internationale members, as well as by MAFA HKU in Utrecht, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and de Appel, Framer Framed, and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

The Assembly was pivotal to rethinking Casco as deeply interwoven and interlinked with the network, and reconsidering our role and responsibility as one of the few members in the global north. Deeply saddened by the absence of our Arts Collaboratory members RIWAQ and Al Ma’mal due to the ongoing escalation of violence in Gaza and the West Bank, it was also an urgent reminder of what art can offer for walking towards radical alternative presents and how we can best embody our ethical practices of solidarity as an arts organization. We remain grateful for everyone who has been part of these processes of dreaming, plotting, and organizing with us.

We look forward to being in touch with you in the new year and continuing to practice arts together!

In hope,
Aline, Erik, Jip, Leana, Luke, and Marianna

Among a large array of public activities this year, Casco Art Institute featured two notable exhibitions. Nina bell F. House Museum exhibition, launched in May, reflected on the importance of archives for feminist institutional change. First initiated at Singapore Biennale 2022, it unfolded with various events throughout the year, highlighting our ecosystem and artists and scholars such as Annette Krauss, Christian Nyampeta, and Donghwan Kam amongst others. Read about it on the Metropolis M website. In Autumn, we presented the exhibition If we remain silent, by artist Ana Bravo Pérez and curator Joram Kraaijeveld. It featured tactile and political artworks resulting from a long-term project by the artist researching the possibility of developing a feminist, decolonial anti-monument to commemorate women social leaders on the frontlines of the climate crisis in Abya Yala. Read about it as well on the Metropolis M website.

AC Assembly: looking back on day 7–9

For the seventh day of Arts Collaboratory Assembly, we returned to Amsterdam, starting from Midwest, and moving further west to Voedselpark Amsterdam. During the visits, the collective discussions with Stichting DOEN critically examined the relationship dynamics between art organizations and funders, reflecting on the funding paradigm shift we have mutually committed as members of AC. Afterwards, while witnessing a community-ran local sustainability initiative fighting the local enclosures of the once common lands destined to become box-like distribution warehouses catering to the urban pressure with our own eyes, we had a necessary breath of fresh air!

Returning to Casco the day after, the penultimate AC School session focused on refining its core activities, followed by a walk in Utrecht led by Nancy Jouwe on the cities’ colonial history with a focus on the recent route CAPE X exhibition curated by the Black Archives. The session continued on the following (and final) day of the Assembly; the assembly group returned to Amsterdam after living in Utrecht for eight days to conclude with the last session at Framer Framed. We reflected on all the ideas and strategies harvested during the collective sessions and how we would take this with us in the coming years. Thus, the theme of harvesting and futurecasting came full circle.

The conclusive evening marked a festive farewell, where we carried forward the principles of collectivity, solidarity, care, resistance, and radical imagination. We were warmly welcomed to Rijksakademie where we had the opportunity to reflect on the beginnings of AC, through a memory throwback of RAIN Network by Gertrude Flentge, Hama Goro from Centre Solei d’Afrique, Elke Uitentuis and Emily Pethick. We finalized with a beautiful dinner hosted by We Sell Reality, who shared classic injera with various collard and stewed vegetables with us. With our tummies full and revolting spirits alike, we shared warm conversations with Rijksakademie residents and the many friends who joined us.

Under Production/Construction

On 21 December, 16:00–20:00, and 22 December, 11:00–14:00, HKU MAFA organizes a collective preview exhibition, where year 2 students showcase their art practices and processes in light of the upcoming graduation show. Held at HKU Loods, the participating students are Athina Koutsiou, Cornalijn Overweg-Ramaker, Nguyen Ngoc Tu Dung, Fatemeh Asiri, Habiba Afifi, Hohn Guan, Naomi de Bruin, Natsumi Sakai, Oyku Ozogul, Pan Vanitcharoenthum, Parel Strik, Sean Ali Wang, and Savvas Gerolemidis.

Open call Gemene Grond

Gemene Grond is looking for a co-producer to collaborate closely on commons-oriented art projects with Merve Bedir, engaging with various stakeholders, including inhabitants, collectives, institutions, Utrecht Municipality, and developers in the Merwede area.

Travelling Farm Museum article in Stedelijk Studies

Stedelijk Studies published a journal article on Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills. Colin Sterling, an expert in linking museum studies and climate issues, discusses how the museum challenges traditional museum ideas and stands out for its role in the Anthropocene, emphasizing collaborative learning processes and connecting art with the rural.

Living Stipends for Palestine

Mophradat launched a program called Living Stipends for Palestine to provide six-month grants (seeking $3,000 for each grant) to Palestinian professional artists directly affected by the current crisis. The need is immense and the scale of the support they are able to provide is contingent on raising more funds. We call upon our network to consider donating to the initiative.

AC Assembly: looking back on day 4–6

After spending the first days in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, the programme of the following days shifted to Utrecht. The fourth day began with intimate conversations, continuing with reconnection sessions with more presentations by Arts Collaboratory members and discussions around the purpose of AC to reflect on why we come together, how we work together, and what we stand for. In the early evening, we moved to de Appel, Amsterdam, for an enriching collective reading of the book Abolitionist Geography: Essays towards Liberation with activist and scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore, organized as part of de Appel’s curatorial fellows’ public offering.

The rest of the weekend was spent at Casco with an entire program dedicated to internal sessions around purpose-setting and action planning for the future of AC, continued by a public event elaborating on Casco Art Institute’s recent ecosystemic shift and processes of un/learning and institutional transformation. Several AC members presented their organizations’ practices and challenges throughout the day, followed by worthwhile exchanges on art’s cohesive and imaginative function in our work. The weekend closed with the public session Out Of The Classroom! Co-organized with MAFA HKU and Framer Framed, a diversity of ecosystem members–from art students and cultural workers to educators– joined us to map and share about alternative pedagogies and radical art education practices.

The sessions also included wonderful food provided by Selarasa in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills in Utrecht, The Netherlands, as part of the Food & Climate Justice project that has been happening since 2020. They prepared a 500-year-old Dutch stew recipe and Indonesian dishes. During the two-day program, a workstation was set up in the space. AC members, friends, and family creatively experimented by making linocut prints.

AC Assembly: looking back on day 1–3

In the first three days of the Arts Collaboratory Assembly, 24 arts organizations from Africa, Asia, Latin America, The Middle East and Europe, reunited after a hiatus during the last few years. Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons and Stichting DOEN had the honor to host the Assembly together in the Netherlands.

Generously hosted by Framed Framed (FF), the first evening was dedicated to landing and catching up with each other through sharing food. The assembly participants were welcomed by Aline Hernández and Marianna Takou from Casco team and by Josien Pieterse and Emily Lee from FF whom spoke about the various ways they collaborated with Arts Collaboratory members over the past decade. As the assembly took place at a moment when our Palestinian members were (and still are) under military attack by the Israeli military, it served as a painful reminder that some of us could not be present. In solidarity, Aline read a statement from our fellow members addressing those present.

The next day, the assembly bus headed to de Appel, one of the main locations of our assembly process, as AC was one of the partners de Appel’s curatorial fellows’ final program Hope is a discipline. The first internal working session occurred, starting with a tea ceremony by members of Centre du Soleil from Mali, followed by reflections and discussions on transnational networks of solidarity from Mali to Palestine. For the second half, we welcomed Yazan Khalili for a Learning Palestine Group session followed by a hybrid conversation with AC members from Palestine, during which they shared how their organizations operate and their programs under the prism of the colonial occupation. 

On the second day, we traveled to Eindhoven. We landed at the Van Abbemuseum, starting with an inquiry into its exhibited works in the permanent collection presentation Delinking and Relinking and the role a museum plays in de-modernizing art, guided by director Charles Esche. Following this, a long and worthwhile afternoon of discussions occurred between Arts Collaboratory, Lumbung and L’Internationale. 

Here, we delved into the intricacies and challenges of critical alternative networking, collaboration, and cooperative efforts within the arts. It was symbolically held in the Museum as Parliament Room, a replica artwork of where the stateless democracy of the Rojava Revolution in Northern-Syria is conducted.

The emphasis on the third day at de Appel shifted towards building connections and embodying the lumbung ethos—an ethos characterized by communal sharing of resources through friendship and joy. The assembly participants were joined by fellow lumbung members based in the Netherlands. They closed with an evening program, a(n) (af) fair, where lumbung kios and AC members merged their publications, prints and merchandise to create an economy for further exchanges and collaborations.

Names of Water by Donghwan Kam

A beautiful example where Nina bell F. lives on: Donghwan Kam’s project Names of Water crystallized into a vinyl album. Read the artist text provided by the artist and publishing label Het Generiek below:

DK (Donghwan Kam) has been collecting names of water since 2019. He first started collecting water names because of his experience of not knowing which bottled water to buy when visiting different supermarkets. The flavors of different names of water were subtly different, and at the same time not so much different. Ansuya Blom, DK’s advisor during his time at Rijksakademie, encouraged and supported him in exploring these sensory experiences of the Same and Different. In 2022, during his residency at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, he gave the names of water to Seokyung Kim and asked her to visualize them. She created a poster with the names of the water, using the monochrome offset printing method at Drukkerij Raddraaier SSP in Amsterdam.

DK was subsequently invited to participate in our Nina bell F. House Museum at the 2022 Singapore Biennale, Natasha, co-curated by Binna Choi, director of Casco Art Institute. For the exhibition, DK handed the names of the water to Lang Lee and asked her to sing the fragmented names of the water as if they were flowing together. Lang Lee recorded the names of the waters in chanting and chirping, then layered the different tracks together into a single track to create an 11-minute, 47-second sound piece. The poster and sound piece were installed next to a pair of water dispensers throughout the exhibition period. Visitors were able to drink the water with two different names. This record was made possible with the generous support of Arts Council Korea and published in collaboration with Derek Hartfield and Het Generiek. Sound mastering was done by De Bong and Bert Scholten. The typeface used in this album cover is sorela which is created by tracing artist Marian Zazeela’s handwriting. It was made by Seokyung Kim in 2019.

Rietveld Sandberg Library event on Palestine

On 6 December, the Rietveld Sandberg Library and Art & Spatial Praxis research group will host a dialogue open to staff and students, forming part of the Program in Solidarity: Learning through the Context of Palestine by Unsettling Rietveld/Sandberg. Led by speakers Jeff Handmaker and Isabel Awad and moderated by Ali T. As’ad, the event aims to better understand polarization, power imbalances in media, and apartheid systems.

IASPIS residency program in Stockholm

The IASPIS artist in residence program has an open call and invites peers, including fellow artists, curators, critics, and other professionals in visual arts and design, to apply. Proposals for the period between November 2024 and November 2025 are welcome until December 5, 2023. Lasting three months, the opportunity consists of accommodation, a studio, and a stipend, providing a supportive environment for focused artistic work.

Casco Art Institute - Keti Koti

Casco Art Institute - Nightwalk with TFM and Expodium

Casco Art Institute - Ecosystems of Solidarity by ULUS in Požega

Casco Art Institute - HKU MAFA Graduation Show

Casco Art Institute - Wendelien van Oldenborgh at Akademie van Kunsten Festival