COOP ~ You fed me when I was hungry: Food Commons and Ecology of Belonging from Month to Month

Seminar 4: 3 - 6 May 2022

Tuesday 3: Transition evening


Collective check in + introduction to framework: Food Sovereignty

Wednesday 4:

Morning ~ Guest tutor or field trip TBC

13:00-14:00 Lunch


Sharing sci-fi stories

We will collectively read and process our stories on the future, food, seeds, foraging.

If your story is more than 2 pages, please share with the group before the session.

16:00 - 19:00

Session with guest or field trip TBC

19:00 Dinner

20:00 - 21:00 ~ Student led : João & lissy

Thursday 5:

10:00 - 11:30

Seed sharing: Show & Tell

We will talk about each seed that we have brought. We share information about how to sow, grow and care for them: seasons, timing, climate, routine care.

11:30 - 13:00

Outdoor time to look for foraging places / seeding areas ?

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 17:00
Student led ~ Emilia


Reading session with Ying on commons text?

Friday 6:

9:30 - 15:30

Student led ~ Maoyi & Ioana & Isa


  • Visit to beekeepers
  • Session with PAF chef or visit to local food suppliers
  • Online session with AC food and climate


Seminar 3: 28 - 31 March 2022

Monday 28 March: Factory 2:0  + transition COOP

18:00 Movie: The Garden by Derek Jarman

Tuesday 29 March: COOP


10:00 DAI Introduction day by Sara Benaglia

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Afternoon

Visit to local Beekeeper 

Location TBA

19:00 Dinner


20:30 Student led: Emilia: erotic reading club

Wednesday 30 March: COOP


10:00 Outdoor foraging walk and plant identifying walk (Guide and location TBA)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Afternoon: Reading Sessions (Butler + Tsing)

16:00 Visit to Coop Impronta: Social City Gardening: L’Orto Sociale di Bergamo (Social Gardens)

The project was born in 2004 from an idea of the L’impronta Social Cooperative. The cooperative has been working for 25 years with the Bergamo area to help people with diverse abilities and fragilities find or rediscover their place within the social fabric. And so, what used to be a storage area owned by the Municipality is now an area of approx. 240 square meters which engages 11 gardeners, supported by 3 educators and about 20 volunteers. Inside de L’ORTO horticulture activities are carried out, such as the construction and processing of flower beds, the formation of footpaths, sowing, transplanting, routine maintenance, plant care, harvesting and distribution of garden products.

19:00 Dinner


20:30 Student led:  // Nash & Lacey 

Thursday 31 March: COOP


10:00 Visit to ORTO BOTANICO

Lunch 13:00


14:00 Seedbomb making workshop and going out to drop

Location scouting for experimental seeding, hiding

Looking for a piece of land hidden enough where we can do guerilla gardening until August

17:00 Summit Talks

19:00 Dinner 


20:30 Student led: Isa + João cooking


Seminar 2: 22-28 February 2022

Location: Utrecht

Host | Class: Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht

Students Accommodation: MOXY Hotel - Helling 1, Utrecht

Tutor Accommodation: City court hotel - Korte Nieuwstraat 14, Utrecht

ROUTE from MOXY to CASCO Art Institute: Working for the Commons

Tuesday 22 February


Dinner (Sayur Lodeh) and movie Wild Relatives in Moira ~ Wolvenstraat 10, Utrecht

WILD RELATIVES (64min, 2018) by Jumana Manna

Deep in the earth beneath the Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should a disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back-ups. Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. It captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.

Wednesday 23


Welcome and tour at Casco with Staci Bu Shea and Marianna Takou ~ Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht

13:00 Lunch


Online session with guest Vivien Sansour: is an artist and conservationist who uses image, sketch, film, soil, seeds, and plants to enliven old cultural tales in contemporary presentations and to advocate for the protection of biodiversity as a cultural and political act.

Details TBA

Dinner: Stone soup with Müge, kimchi, chicken and deopbab from Sonmat

Please bring one ingredient with a story that can be part of a soup. Take into consideration the allergies of others. We will then make a “Stone Soup”. All ingredients that are gathered will go into the recipe that will be collectively decided. A stone that we will find from wherever we are that day will also go into the soup. The stone will also be the “talking stick”. The person who holds the stone will tell what they have to tell about their ingredient. This can be as simple as a potato and what you know about it, where you got it. We will also talk about the different versions of the story of stone soup and its connection to solidarity / tragedy of commons.

Thursday 24


Reading session: Octavia Butler


Bus to Amelisweerd

Visit to de Volle Grond 

Tour from Benthe van Wallenburg

Welcome to Tuinderij de Volle Grond. Our garden is a small piece of earth in a beautiful place, off which about 150 people eat every week. About 60 different types of seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit are grown in the garden in an organic way. De Volle Grond is thus one of 70% of small market gardeners worldwide that provides food production in a sustainable and non-polluting way, compared to 30% of large industrial farms, which claim to be able to feed the world with monoculture. 

Our attention is focused on the soil, with the realization that the natural processes and biodiversity above ground, as well as below ground, are necessary. The garden is also a place for people who, for whatever reason, need a 'time out' or reset: we offer daytime activities for people from psychiatry, addiction care and people with burn-outs. Physical work in nature provides regularity, peace and healing. During the tour I will explain what we do in the garden to care for the soil, how animals and trees are just as important for growing vegetables, and why eating local is a form of activism and self-expression. 



Dinner TBC


The Taste of Pomegranate / η γευση του ροδιου / طعم انار  

by Afrang Malekian and Illiada Charalambous

Friday 25

Morning and afternoon 

Train to Leische Rijn
Visit Traveling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills (TBA)


Dinner tbc

Student led part 1 by Artur van Balen

Saturday 26


Travel to Rotterdam

Visit to Yoeri Guepin (artist, gardener and chef, DAI alumnus)

Tour of that artist’s vernacular garden in Rotterdam and we will proceed with a seed keeping workshop


Visit Müge’s show Posterity Hill

Under the gallery’s recent theme of ‘dwelling’, Yılmaz’ installation weaves together images from ancient sites of human occupation, with speculation on what remains lost to history, and what we protect for the future: for posterity.

Yılmaz continues her investigation into sites of Göbekli Tepe and Çatalhöyük, two UNESCO World Heritage-status locations in Anatolia, which are among the oldest known sites of permanent human settlement, linked to the Neolithic Revolution and the invention of agriculture. 

Location: Wilfried Lentz - Keileweg 14, Rotterdam

Late Afternoon
Visit to ​​Family Dinner

Pop-up exhibition and book launch as an assembly of a collaborative project with artists Gerardo Gomez Tonda, Amy Pekal, Carina Jansen, Patricia Nistor, Michelle Tähti, Sinwah Lai, Filippo G. Iannone, Harriet Rose Morley, Grace Lostia, Charli Herrington and Gordon H.Williams.

Location: Hof van Noord (Rotterdam Noord), Gordelweg 131, Rotterdam


Dinner tbc

Back in Utrecht

Student led part 2 by Artur van Balen

Sunday 27


City Exercise

We will walk around and into the city of Utrecht: Streets, shops, supermarkets, snack bars and look for signs of foods that are of colonial heritage or are the result of fusions of immigration flows. What are the recipes and ingredients that we take for granted in our daily life in the Netherlands? We know almost all spices in NL come from the colonial heritage but let’s get specific, vernacular discover / share stories.

Pick some materials for lunch and we make collective meal


Visit to Centraal Museum to see the Botanical Revolution 

The Botanical Revolution. On the necessity of art and gardening

Gardens have appealed to our imagination for centuries. We associate them with harmonious bliss, a place to witness the cycle of life and death, a place of contemplation, and a refuge from the worries and cares of daily life. And certainly in these times of being cooped up at home, there is a strong desire to have one’s own bit of greenery.

The botanical revolution, on the necessity of art and gardening is the story of the garden as a fertile source of inspiration for artists. Gardens remain a rich source of inspiration, though the prevailing theme in contemporary art is no longer romantic longing but a call to reshape our relationship with the earth. How do today’s artists reflect on themes such as primeval paradise, vegetable gardens, botany and climate change? Surprising classic and modern examples reveal the deep roots of the exhibition’s themes.

Late afternoon


We’ll dive into the commons and Casco’s work a bit more. 

After a short presentation, we discuss with pens and paper around.


Put on food songs

Summit brainstorm (student-led)

Recap and feedback

Monday 28


Regenerating soil biodiversity in food systems and public spaces

In this session, M.Thur, a sound designer and vermiculturist,

will introduce his work on soil biodiversity and the role worms play 

in the challenges presented by soil depletion and climate crisis in our ecosystems.


Reading session: Tsing (1,5h)

Lay out comfort food recipes

Arrange dinner


Closing session and farewell


  • read prologue and chapter 1 from Tsing (20 pages)

  • Read chapter 1- 4 from Octavia Butler - Parable of the Sower (40 pages)

  • listen to this audio 

  • bring a zine page: comfort food recipe

  • suggest a food song
  • Bring one (salty) ingredient that has a story or you have a connection with

Readings attached and can also be found in our shared drive.
For the comfort food recipe, it was homework for the first week, but we didn't get to it.
This was how we introduced it:

Prompt for storytelling from Sayonara Stutgard, asking:

What did your parents/caretakers give you to eat back then, when you were sick? What was made for you to cheer you up when you were sad? Which meal do you remember with warm feelings? What always tastes good, what tastes of love?

Hopefully you manage to prepare in the short time before we meet each other in Utrecht. There is a telegram group with most of this COOP members. If you want to be there, please share me your phone number and I'll add you. Also, if you'd like to check in with us personally (online) before the DAI week, we are happy to. Just let us know. Also wondering if you have any specific access needs (allergies? sensitivities? learning style?) that we need to keep in mind. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for any questions you might have.



Seminar 1: 8 - 10 November 2021

Monday 8


10:30 - lunch

Check in, get to know

Working rhythms and access doc

Run through plan for the next days


commons and unlearning 101 (presentation)

[un]mapping keywords (exercise)



Reading together: Bakudapan Newspaper

cooking and unpacking embodied knowledge (exercise)

Tuesday 9


Fieldtrip (tbc)


Discussing the readings

creative writing (exercise)


Bring a quote from what you’ve read

What resonated, what raised questions? Maybe something you didn’t understand?


comfort food recipe share

Prompt for storytelling from Sayonara Stutgard, asking:

What did your parents/caretakers give you to eat back then, when you were sick? What was made for you to cheer you up when you were sad? Which meal do you remember with warm feelings? What always tastes good, what tastes of love?


bring a recipe for comfort food

Wednesday 10

Guest (tbc)

cooking with zines




Please read at least around 60 pages

We will share a folder with PDFs soon

For now links to free downloads of readings here:

chapter 5: Colonization and Christianization in Caliban and the Witch, Silvia Federici

Food as a Commons: Reframing the Narrative of the Food System, Jose Luis Vivero Pol

The Palm Tree Bandit, Nnedi Okorafor