COOP ~ Long Time No See: Forming a new art economy of the commons from Month to Month

Seminar 7: 12 - 17 June 2023

Tutors: Aiwen Yin, Marianna Takou

Monday-Thursday , June 12-15

In these four days we will focus on production and rehearsals for the summit.
We start from check in and recap the latest progress in the morning, recalibrate the 4-day preparation schedule if needed.

And we will visit the space and do a rehearsal. Everyone shares notes from the last rehearsals, and gather a list of concerns and points of improvements for a second rehearsal.

At the end of the first day, we will make a final plan and finalise the production tasks which we can use as a guideline for the coming three days.

The production and rehearsal will go hand in hand, creating feedback loops and improve details over time. Through multiple rehearsals we confirm the final interactive “script”, and getting ready for the summit.


Seminar 6: 18 - 20 May 2023

Thursday, 18th of May (Aiwen only)


10:30 - 11:30: aline check in (online)

12:00 - 13:00: recap from work outcome in April and check the week-plan

Lunch break


14:30 - 16:30: parellel team workshop: set-design and character design team working session

16:30 - 20:00: COOP meet-up: sync session outcome and next steps


21:00 - 22:00: collective mood boarding 

Friday, 19th of May


10:30 - 11:30: Check-in & open concerns (listing three main concerns stem from yesterday)

12:00 - 13:00: Input session: Aiwen & Mi recap on Commons.Art research and game production, and feed forward to COOP summit 

Lunch break


14:30 - 16:30: sub-workgroup sessions based on three main concerns

16:30 - 20:00: COOP meet-up: sync session outcome


21:00 - 22:00: tryouts and collective feedback

Saturday, 20th of May


10:30 - 11:30: Check-in & open concern

12:00 - 13:00: production workshop 

Lunch break


14:30 - 16:30: production workshop & finalising details, getting prepare for the summit

16:30 - 20:00: aline check in/out last prep


21:00 - 22:00: wrapping up and last concerns


Seminar 5: 19 - 21 April 2023

Core Tutors (in person): Yin Aiwen, Aline Hernández

Guest tutors (in person): Gary Zhang

Reading Materials:

Wednesday, 19th of April (focus workday + map facilitation) 


10:00 – 18:00 What(ever) binds us to each other?

Present: Aline Hernández (Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons) with Yin Aiwen

This day will be committed to exploring forms of collective practice and collaborative modes of resource sharing and (artistic) production. The day will build on some of the reflections from last month’s meeting around the question of how to be together. It will pick up on collective mapping and diagramming as a group reflection activity/tool to trace and negotiate differing views and positions around what we share, why we share, how we share, and where we share with a view to thinking more clearly and concretely on how to foster forms of group collaboration and cooperation and think past the separation of one and another. Moreover, in order to further probe the conditions, modalities, and implications of what it means to be together, we will put into practice a series of unlearning exercises co-developed by the Casco team and the artist Annette Krauss designed to unlearn specific art organizational habits, normative behaviors, and ways of thinking in light of the value of the commons. 


20:00 - 22:00: Group meditation as a how-to-live-together exercise 

Thursday, 20th of April


10:30 - 13:00: Recap on Wednesday, Gary and Aiwen feedback and reflection of the outcome 


14:00 - 16:00 Student initiative

16:00 - 19:00 Focus work session (facilitated by Gary)

16:00 - 18:00 Mid-term Evaluation Session (by Aiwen and Aline Hernández)

David Přílučík (16:00-16:30), Iliada Charalampous (16:30-17:00), Lena Pfäffli (17:00-17:30), Lucas Lugarinho Braga (17:30-18:00), Max*ine Vajt (18:00-18:30)

17:30 -18:30 Tereza f2f with Gabriëlle (room 101)

18:30 - 19:00 Recap on work session outcome


20:00 - 22:00: Group meditation as a how-to-live-together exercise 

Friday, 21st of April


10:30 - 13:00: Summit out-put discussion through a collective walk

Lunch break

AFTERNOON (Gary leaves at 5 pm):

14:00 - 16:00: Focus work session (facilitated by Gary and Aiwen)

16:00 - 19:00 Mid-term Evaluation Session  (Aiwen and Aline Hernández)

Zuzana-Markéta Macková (16:00-16:30), Orestis Giannoulis (16:30-17:00), Rex Collins (17:30-18:00), Tereza Dvořáková (18:00-18:30), Valeria Moro (18:30-19:00)

17:15 - 18:15 Lucas f2f with Gabriëlle (room 101)


20:00 - 22:00: Recap and next steps


Seminar 4: 8 - 10 March 2023

Core Tutor (in person): Binna Choi

Guest tutor (in person): Aline Hernández

Online guest/participation: Annette Krauss and Nuraini Juliastuti

Reading Materials:

Unlearning Exercises ( please download the book at here & browse it through the whole book: The mandatory reading is the essay by Andrea Philips “ ‘The Imperative for Self-attainment: From Cradle to Grave’”)

An easy reading, “Working for the Commons: An interview with Casco( – Office for Art, Design and Theory, on new ways for art institutions to work” (23 NOV 17) on Frieze.


Projects info

Wednesday 8th of March

11:00-13:00:  Check-in + “How is the weather?” + Imagining the three-days together

LUNCH BREAK (13:00-14:30)

14:30-16:00 - Talk “Long time no see” (Working for the commons since 2018) by Binna Choi and Aline Hernadez - Situating the Commons dot Art in the Casco and “Nina” pathways

16:00-17:30 - Emergent and informal conversations

17:30-19:00 - Online talk by and conversation with Antariksa over the Javanese “Sumarah” practice from an economic perspective

*After dinner the students meet Nikos and Peter for 30 min about the CO-OP Summit locations.

DINNER (19:00-20:00) followed by  SOLO or IMPROVISED TIME

Thursday 9th of March

10 :00-11:30 - Workshop I Game with Caroline Woolard

11:30-13:00 - Workshop II Mapping & Scenario

LUNCH BREAK (13:00-14:00)

14:00-17:00 - Workshop III  Recipe-writing

17:00-19:00 - Workshop IV “Unlearning Exercises”

DINNER (19:00-20:00) followed by  SOLO or IMPROVISED TIME

*CO-OP tutors dinner

Friday 10th of March

10:00-12:00 -  In liaison with NIna bell F. House Museum / SIngapore Biennale 2022

(Online seminar)

Building Nina bell F. House Museum: Why and how to build this?

by Annette Krauss and Nuraini Juliastuti

Artist Annette Krauss (NL/Germany) and researcher Nuraini Juliastuti (NL/Indonesia) will lay the conceptual ground for the questions, learnings and doings that are guiding the Nina bell F. House Museum: namely around the commons, unlearning, instituting otherwise, and archiving.

Nina bell F. as a collective figure first appeared at the Site for Unlearning: Art Organization (2013-2016?). This was a long term collaboration between artist Annete Krauss and the Casco team about institutional habits in practicing the commons. It explored the relationship between an art institution's vision with its cultural production and day-to-day workings that inform administrative and managerial ethos. Especially a discussion about collective authorship and shared admiration for the artistic, Black, feminist and political engagements of Nina Simone, bell hooks, and Silvia Federici had Nina bell F. (pronouns she/they) manifested. This spirit lives on, germinating the House Museum. Krauss will elaborate on the theoretical and artistic underpinnings of unlearning, and the material, artistic and political dimensions of unlearning processes, drawing from her engagement with Sites for Unlearning. Researcher and one of the co-initiators of Nina bell F. House Museum Nuraini Juliastuti will help understand the archiving practice of creative institutions as a living heritage, which will also draw from her ongoing research project on Commons Museums (ICI Berlin Press, 2023). She will discuss the significance of a growing platform to gather archives of independent cultural institutions from multiple contexts and elaborate on the infrastructural aspect of archiving.

12:00-13:00 - follow up discussion

LUNCH BREAK (13:00-14:00)

14:00-17:00 - Workshop V Archival practices

17:00-19:00 - Check-out

DINNER (19:00-20:00) followed by  SOLO or IMPROVISED TIME


Seminar 2 & 3: 14 - 19 January 2023

Core Tutors (in person): Yin Aiwen

Guest tutors (in person): Laura Alexander (Prince Claus Funds), Tommi Vasko (Trojan Horses)

Online guest: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Zoop)

Reading Materials:

  • On Critique (excerpt) by Luc Boltanski

  • Seeing like a state by James C. Scott

  • What aesthetics? What politics? by Mi You

  • FIELD inaugural editorial by Grant Kester

*Optional readings

  • Forces of Art: Monitoring and Evaluation as a Situated Knowledge-Making Practice by Laura Alexander and Myriam Vandenbroucke
  • Narva as Method: Urban Inventories and the Mutation of the Postsocialist City
  • Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 2 (select any chapter that you are interested in)

Projects info:

Game to play: 

  • Parks (explore how ‘resources’ is understood and structured)
  • Wingspan (explore ‘radical observation’ as a way to create a caretaking relationship with non-human)
  • CO2 - second chance (understanding the institutional structure of global green transition and their challenge) 

Saturday 14th


10:00 - 13:00: introduction about Laura’s workshop

Aiwen on the Dutch funding landscape + student input of their funding system

contextualization of Laura’s workshop


14:00 - 19:00: Laura’s workshop (part I)  (result framework)


20:00 - 22:00: Game Squad: Parks

Sunday 15th


10:00 - 13:00: student initiatives 

Lunch break


14:00 - 19:00: Laura’s workshop (part II) (budget + reporting + real-life reflection)


20:00 - 22:00: Game Squad: CO2 - second chance

Monday 16th


10:00 - 13:00: Caroline Woolard - / open collective


14:00 - 19:00: Laura’s workshop (part III) (communication day)


20:00 - 22:00: Game Squad: CO2 - second chance OR student initiative

Tuesday 17th


10:00 - 10:30 Check in & introduction of the day and Guests

10:30 - 11:30 Screening of Gayuan - Life in the Mountains and chat with Ye

11:30 - 13:00  Free Walks 

AFTERNOON (guest panel)

14:00 - 15:00: Face-to-face / decomposing time

15:00 - 17:00: Klaas from Zoop; 

17:00 - 18:00: Face-to-face

18:00 - 19:00: Free walks


20:00 - 22:00: Game Squad: Wingspan OR share observation notes

Wednesday 18th


10:00 - 13:00: Welcome Tommi and share work from Reconfiguring Territories / Institute of Care


14:00 - 16:00: mapping the economic glitches and the implied geopolitics based on Reconfiguring Territories and other projects

16:00 - 17:00: Face-to-face

17:00 - 18:00: Face-to-face

18:00 - 19:00: Face-to-face


20:00 - 22:00: site imagination (discuss how to use Nida for COOP Summit in June)

Thursday 19th Jan (Aiwen’s away, only Tommi)


10:00 - 13:00: Preparing the LARP exercise 


14:00 - 17:00: LARP exercise about different speculative funding structures/relationships

17:00 - 19:00: Debriefing the LARP exercise


20:00 - 22:00: wrapping up


Seminar 1: 22 - 24 November 2022

Tutors: You Mi, Yin Aiwen, Marianna Takou

Guest tutors: Liquid Dependencies Host Community (Lenn Cox, Johannes Equizi, Hosein Danesh), Zoe Zhao


-Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities (introduction) by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, Stephen Healy

- Liquid Dependencies Residential Report (The City with Intent, Carefully Close, the Epicentre of Communal Care)

- Huang, Vincent G., and Tingting Liu. 2021. “Gamifying Contentious Politics: Gaming Capital and Playful Resistance.”

- South Korean Board Game About Fighting Sexism Gets China Release


Tuesday 22nd of November


10:30 - 13:00: Welcome (introduction Casco and COOP plan, getting to know each other, feedback on planning and wish-making)

Lunch break


14:00 - 19:00: You Mi on feminist and solidarity-based economy, close reading of “Take Back the Economy”


20:30 - 22:30: Game Squad - Commonsplay

Wednesday 23rd of November


10:30 - 11:00 Liquid Dependencies preparatory time (no class)

11:00 - 13:00 Liquid Dependencies (first half)

Lunch break


14:00 - 17:00 Liquid Dependencies (second half)

17:00 - 18:00 Group reflection + observation Liquid Dependencies Host Community

18:00 - 19:00 Retroactive mapping (What happened in the “last 30 years”?)

Dinner break


20:30 - 22:30 Group chat: What happened in the “last 30 years”? + Residential Report discussion

Wednesday 24th of November


10:30 - 11:00: Check-in (new thoughts on yesterday)

11: 00 - 11: 15: Group exercise 1

11:15 - 12:00: Hosting Liquid Dependencies (ethics of hosting)

12:00 - 12:15: Group exercise 2

12:15 - 13:00: How to host Liquid Dependencies (Rules and acting)

Lunch break


14:00 - 16:00: “Relationship-centered Design: towards Post-Capitalism” by Yin Aiwen

16:00 - 17:00: “Gamifying a Care Society (working title)” by Zoe Zhao  

17:00 - 18:00: Conversation Zoe Zhao & Yin Aiwen

18:00 - 19:00: Q&A


20:30 - 22:30: Game Squad - ‘Li Zhihui’s Life’ & ‘Holding on: The Life of Billy Kerr’