Organizing and Strategies to Politicize the Commons
We would like to share with you news of the upcoming, inspiring festival 2.Dh5, a weekend full of workshops and lectures for activists and world-changers from Friday 30 January until Sunday 1 February. Last year, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory participated with "Self-organizing a Cultural Common: Radical collective approaches to art and publishing", a discussion session at the festival which you can read about here. We are very happy to be involved once again in offering the workshop "Organizing Strategies to Politicize the Commons" on Saturday 31 January from 10:30 to 12:00 hrs at PIP – BINK36, Binckhorstlaan 36 in The Hague.
In line with this year’s focus on the phrase "tomorrow: the future as a perspective for movement," the organizers have developed a program that considers whether a collective effort to influence our future is still feasible, what that future might look like, and what kind of utopian visions could exist. For Casco, the commons——consistent with our 2013–2015 program trajectory Composing the Commons——is an exemplary paradigm for practical ways of living now, and one that provides us with a utopian horizon; the commons has further become popular as both a viable and transformative alternative to our current capitalist and neoliberal economic system. Thinking through community economies and commoning practices is also central to our long-term research project (Un)usual Business, initiated in spring 2013 with Kritische Studenten Utrecht, whose research group has developed the workshop and will act as facilitators.
During this workshop, we would like to review different commoning practices at Netherlands-based organizations. But we would also like to think about strategies to politicize these practices, so that they might be involved in a larger political struggle, emerging from the invisible margins of overarching economic forms.
We warmly invite you to join us there to think through these challenges and explore the other intensely interesting programming the 2.Dh5 festival has to offer.
2.Dh5 asks for a symbolic entrance fee of EUR 5, or more for those who have something extra to spare. No reservation is needed and food and drinks are provided for a small price. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.