Wellness Centre “Future Proof” is an attempt to reflect and act from the supposition of a ‘potential apocalyptic threat’. It aspires to add an extra but nevertheless essential dimension to the concept of “common sustainability” in our Anthropocene. At the core of this limitless grandiloquence lies a feeling of deep-seated doubt: if more than 15,000 […]

This text is an adaptation of a lecture given on May 26th 2018 in Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent/BE) under the title Grey Zone, which was part of the public program of the exhibition Civil Disobedience in In De Ruimte (Ghent/BE), curated by Adriënne Van der Werf and Robert. I hope to be able to include in […]

Is art only art insofar as it refuses to be useful? Or can art practices serve a wider purpose in the world? This reader starts from the premise that art is an integral part of the social, economic, and political process. Art is best understood through its dialogue with the social sphere, rather than as […]

These lines are an extraction from a longer text co-written by sociologist Pascal Gielen and myself for the book Commonism (Valiz, 2018). The original title of the longer version goes under the name of Precariat – A revolutionary Class and discusses how the difference between the proletariat and the so-called precariat, between the working class […]

What follows is an extraction from a longer article co-written by sociologist Pascal Gielen and myself that goes under the title Precarity as an Artistic Laboratory for Counter-Hegemonic Labour Organization published in the Academic journal Frame , biannual journal of literary studies, Fall/Winter issue 2017  Precarious Work Precarious Life Building a Counter-Hegemony Through his analysis of the […]

The “enclosure of the commons” is a popular topic in political economics and philosophy of law. Discussions about open source and creative commons are just two examples that come to mind. In this seminar, we will attempt to describe what exactly it is that constitutes these “commons” for an urban context. What are the commons […]

Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact is the vol. 37 of Kunstlicht magazine edited by Cristina Marques Moran and myself. When Kunstlicht suggest us to collaborate with them, it was telling that despite the uneasiness that the announcement of the fund The Art of Impact created within the cultural sector in the Netherlands no proper public […]

Over a three-month process a series of Public Drafting Meetings were hold in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Maastricht with committees composed of jurists, squatters, sans-papiers, academics, activists, and the general public work together to form “movement-perspective legislation”. These groups produced a collectively written convention as an instrument of law that acts both as a speculative […]

Cuidado Crítico es un proyecto de investigación sobre nosotros mismos y los demás, sobre la idea del cuidado, la sustenibilidad y la importancia de efectuar un cambio a nivel social, politico, personal y colectivo. Un analisis que quiere examinar las dimensiones politicas del `cuidado´ y exponer sus beneficios para propositos revolucionarios. Un acto de reflexión […]

Strictly speaking, Ecology is a LOGOS of the OIKOS. That means, the way we inhabit the OIKOS (house, household). It is important to differentiate, nonetheless, the ontological statuses of Ecology and Nature, as Ecology is not a thing but a self-conscious theory of a thing. Thus, we could think of the OIKOS, when related to […]

Arts Collaboratory is a platform for transnational exchange and cooperation made up of over 20 arts organizations from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The mission of Arts Collaboratory is to promote collaborative, inventive, and open visual arts practices that are socially engaging and transformative. As a Research assistant in CASCO (Utrecht), I was following the development […]

The Common Sense, Phase 1 New York-based artist Melanie Gilligan’s largest project to date, The Common Sense takes the form of a sci-fi mini-series which looks at how minds, bodies, and interpersonal relations are shaped by technological advancements within capitalism. This experimental narrative drama tells a story that revolves around a future technology which allows one to […]

Confessions of the Imperfect. 1848 – 1989 – today (a traverse through modern culture).  1848 and 1989 are two points of reference for modern history. Two revolutions: the first is represented by a symbol of the barricade during the February Revolution and the second by the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the exhibition Confessions of the […]

Arte Povera A-Z was an exhibition held by Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen (Brussels) that reflected on the importance of Arte Povera during the decade of the 1960s. Thinking precisely on how “in the history of art it is sometimes possible to connect substantial changes of direction and priority to relatively specific moments in time” (Charles Harrison), I was commissioned […]

Concentrating on the idea of `museum as a forum of possibilities´, Museum of `Arte Útil´ as a Useful Institution. A democratic (?) Exhibiton Space focuses on the analyses of Museum of Arte Útil, which was an exhibition held until the 30th of March 2014 in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (Netherlands). Through examining a concrete institutional […]

In New Habits, CASCO (Utrecht) Andrea Fraser assures that “with each attempt to evade the limits of institutional determination, to embrace an outside, to redefine art or reintegrate it into everyday life […] we expand our frame and bring more of the world into it. But we never escape it.” (Fraser 2005, p.283) Thus, “it […]

A Revolution is not a bed of Roses is the title of my recent research study centered on the reflection of the social dimension of participation in art and the political implications of practices that depend on situation and locality to elaborate critique. For that matter, I was mainly using Tania Bruguera’s work “El susurro de Tatlin 6” (2009) as […]

Since the invention of the first motion-picture technology around 1890s, there has always been a fascination in comparing the development of cinema with the urban extension of the modern city. Thus, David B. Clarke argues in the Introduction of Previewing the Cinematic City that “the development of the city is related to cinema as the development of […]

Our graphical representation and understanding of space has been crucially influenced by the affirmation that the space is homogeneous. Thus, the geometric representation of the earth has affected the way in which we have converted our cities into contemporary geometrical illusions. However, many other theorists such as Michel Foucault in 1967 or Michel de Certeau […]

One of the most valuable things I have learned co-writing with different feminist friends, colleges or collectives and co-creating spaces with different artists and curators have been the necessity to formulate questions as a way to understand the intangible notion of truth. Jacques Rancière writes in The emancipated spectator (2009) that emancipation begins “when we challenge the […]

The museum still dominates the horizon of our material culture. The institutional practice of display, which can include organization, classification or selection of objects, deploy value that control the way we decipher our past (O’Neil 2007, p.14). However, art institutions can also reflect on specific contradictions in society, and therefore, the museum, which is the […]

In 333 BCE during the campaigns of Alexander of Macedon against the Persian Empire, Alexander was advancing with his army across Anatolia and came to Gordion. While at Gordion, the Macedonian king informed Alexander about a special wagon that was situated in the Temple of Zeus. The pole of the wagon was tied to the […]