Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February: Casco ~ Entanglement: Diagrams for the Commons. With Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou, Karen Barad, Kristina Lyons, Kathrin Thiele, Fernando García-Dory, Dennis van Gaalen, Sanne Oorthuizen and Binna Choi

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What if you imagine yourself not as a dot to be tracked, but as a line that continuously passes through, connects, overlaps, and entangles with others? That you are part of myriad shifting diagrams which give you and those around you shape and meaning and effectively make you an entanglement of relations. Casco’s long-term research trajectory Entanglement explores “the lines that we are” as a way of visualizing and generating the commons.

As noted by philosopher and particle physicist Karen Barad, a highly inspiring voice for Entanglement, “Identities are not separable, they do not intersect. Rather, identity formation must be understood in terms of the topological dynamics of iterative intra-activity.” Entanglement is grounded in precisely this ontological basis of “being-in-common”, as well as an interdependent, topological understanding of space. Through our research we learn from artists and social workers, and architects and urban planners, about how to visualize and (re)present complex practices that take place in the folds of a society overrun by the simplified messages of late capitalism.

On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February, Casco organizes a two-day event with lectures and workshops called Entanglement: Diagrams for the Commons. During these gatherings, we bring together alternative diagrammatic methods, "tools”, and knowledge, as well as a particular set of practices that are invested in building a commons and that operate in a multiplicity of domains embracing a diverse community; these practices could be said to constitute a solidarity economy so to speak. Please join us!

With contributions by: Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou (atelier d'architecture autogérée) [studio for self-managed architecture] (aaa), Paris; from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Karen Barad, Professor in the Feminist Studies Department and Kristina Lyons, PhD Researcher at the Anthropology, Science Department & Justice Research Center in Skype conversation with Kathrin Thiele, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies in the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University; Fernando García-Dory, artist, Spain, currently Artist at Work at Casco; and Dennis van Gaalen, graphic designer, Rotterdam on (Un)usual Business with Binna Choi and Sanne Oorthuizen, director and curator at Casco respectively.


Friday 27 February 2015, 13:00—18:00 hrs
Lectures and website launch
Including launch of brand new Entanglement website, designed by Olya Troitskaya in collaboration with Asger Bencke Jacobsen!

Saturday 28 February 2015, 10:30-16:00 hrs
What and how should we map to generate practices of Commoning?, led by atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa)

The program is free, but reservations are necessary. To reserve a seat for the lectures and/or workshop, please e-mail

Please find a detailed program on the Casco website here.


This event is developed in partnership with Publishing Class V: INLAND, the curriculum Casco organizes for the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie.