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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, WORKSHOPS AND DELIBERATIONS

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS JANUARY 15 – 17, 2014


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International closing symposium of the

organisational form in order to combine value determination, local qualities, organisation, art, economy, initiative and co partnership.

Radicalizing the Local Freehouse has focused since 1998 on the micro-urbanism emerging in small communities across the city. The project is based on inclusive urban development through community participation and self-organisation and on co-operative cultural production as a means for economic and social growth. In 2008 Freehouse became involved in the development of the Afrikaanderwijk in the south of Rotterdam. It tested new plans for the market and successfully setup several communal workshops. In order to secure the gathered capital and qualities for its inhabitants, Freehouse developed a skill-based Neighbourhood Co-op that will take over its functions s as of 2014.

Freehouse is a project initiated by Jeanne van Heeswijk and is made possible in collaborations with local and international experts. This symposium is made possible with the support and collaboration of the Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL, Stadsontwikkeling Gemeente Rotterdam, Stichting DOEN and AIR.

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INTRODUCTION

Freehouse art project on co-ops as an


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C O N T E N T PA G E

Since we’re not able to accommodate all who expressed interest in attending, we will be tweeting live updates from the conference and allowing people to interact remotely via Twitter using #‎fhrtl (for FreeHouse: Radicalizing TheLocal). See the website for update information and livestreaming: wwww.radicalzingthelocal.com Internet access network: Wijkwaardehuis GASTEN, password: wijk-web

Freehouse 5 Locations symposium 6 presentation Synopsis 8 daily program 16 DAY 1

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FREEHOUSE

Since its inception in 1999, Freehouse has created space for encounter, both literally as well as metaphorically. It stimulates local inhabitants and shopkeepers, youngsters, artists and designers to exchange knowledge, experience and ideas. The connection of cultural with economic capital results in co-productions that mutually benefit participants socially and economically. Moreover, the resulting products also make the underlying cultural process visible. Inspired skill can powerfully lead people’s development. Unfortunately, Rotterdam does not always take the creative potential of its inhabitants seriously, especially in the South of the city. From 2008 onwards, Freehouse therefore has applied its approach to the Afrikaanderwijk. Economic sustainability is aimed through co-operative cultural production. And inclusive urban development is achieved through community participation and self-organisation. As the neighbourhoods surrounding of the Afrikaanderwijk are being redeveloped with middle class dwellings, Freehouse worked towards making the existing inhabitants share in the economic benefits of the redevelopment. Despite diminishing public funds for the Afrikaanderwijk, Freehouse has been able to intensify its activities and to grow its organisation. It tested new plans for the market and successfully set up several communal workshops. As a result, the neighbourhood and its market are becoming a vibrant community again and the area was put on the map as a lively spot for cultural production, both nationally and internationally. In order to secure the accumulated capital and qualities for its inhabitants, Freehouse developed a skill-based neighbourhood co-op that will continue its work in 2014.

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SYMPOSIUM LOACTIONS

COOPERATIVE STORE of goods 01 and values Pretorialaan 141 Since 2013 the Cooperative Store of Goods and Values is a meeting place for production, presentation, sale, services and knowledge exchange. Starting point is the quality already present in the area. It has become the heart and brain of alternative economical, social and cultural development in the south of Rotterdam. Located in a vacant monumental building, in the centre of the community, it forms a network of cultural producers, production spaces, shops and active inhabitants. This cooperative organisation combines a market space, a knowledge centre and a shopping mall. It is a neighbourhood service centre and information point at once.

02 NEIGHBOURHOOD KITCHEN Pretorialaan 141 The goal of the Neighbourhood Kitchen is to highlight the Afrikaanderwijk as an area where home cooks make the best dishes and unique cooperation’s are possible between inhabitants and shopkeepers. In keeping production local, the social and economic independence of the inhabitants and shopkeepers is actively stimulated. As such, the Neighbourhood Kitchen forms an important link in shaping of the area’s image.

Workshop locations 03 Boeren in Zicht Pretorialaan 10 Friedhelm Veldhuijzen offers products from local farmers and fishermen. Spices, vegetables, bread, meat and fish will be delivered at your door. Boeren in Zicht is one of the newer entrepreneurs in the area who combines a web shop with a regular store.

04 Cafe Akdeniz Pretorialaan 64 24-hour Afrikaanderwijk all in one spot: Cafe Akdeniz is one of the ‘dinosaurs’ in the area. The kitchen serves food all night. Rush hour is definitely not during the day and actually daylight never really enters… They are always open for new ideas and activities for the neighbourhood.

05 De Zuiderling Paul Krugerstraat 91a De Zuiderling is a new and local exchange coin for South Rotterdam. One Zuiderling stands for 30-minute’s time. It’s about investing talents and making use of the talents of others. Their office is located directly next to the market square.

Meram 06 Afrikaanderplein 2 Meram is a chain of restaurants in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. They offer a large variety of authentic Turkish cuisine and are famous for their hospitality. With its innovations, Meram strives to be an example for the restaurant business. They are deeply routed in Dutch society, but also keep a close relation to Turkey and its craftsmen.

07 NEIGHBOURHOOD WORKSHOP Paul Krugerstaat 147 In the Neighbourhood Workshop fashion production is combined with design and education. Amateurs and professionals collaborate and exchange skills. Local inhabitants have knowledge of materials and master techniques that are important and interesting for contemporary designers. By actively using this knowledge and techniques they will be passed on and preserved for the future. Participants are involved in the whole production process, from design to end product.

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Nina’s Lunchroom 08 Pretorialaan 14a Nina Daal has been running residential hotel Kus & Sloop (Kiss & Demolisch) in the Afrikaanderwijk since 2012, but the ambitious Nina wanted more. Recently her dream came true: a unique Antillean lunchroom combined with the lobby of her hotel. Every one is welcome for coffee and the daily changing specialities. From pan frances with chees or ham or salada di crab or bakijouw.

09 Snackbar Pretoria Pretorialaan 72 – 74 Snackbar Pretoria is one of the older snack bars in the area. It is famous for their roti and good atmosphere. It has both a Surinam section and a Halal section. The fresh food daily attracts customers from way outside the neighbourhood.

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DAY 1 P resentation S ynops I s

HOST DAY 1

Matteo Lucchetti (project visible)

INTRODUCTION

On Day 1 of the Radicalizing the Local international symposium we are going to address a set of recurring topics that have surely been part of the fundamental questions that have been raised over the ten years life of the Freehouse, which we are about to see parting in favor of a new organization form that will step in the neighborhood and its complex local dynamics. On the etymological side the vocabulary that fed the narrative of such a project, and of the other similarly community-based ones, will be scrutinized through a digression on the genealogy of the philosophical deconstruction of the word community, as seen from the perspective of psychoanalysis and cultural theory studies, so to facilitate a common understanding of the instituent nature of the community. Words like cooperation and collective action will be also looked over, for their capacity to suggest a methodological choice that doesn’t rely on the canonical forms of the market or the aid of the State. Can these two terminologies suggest a temporary independency from the traditional forms of organization, or rather can they represent a viable, constant, inspiration in re-thinking, through a plurality of voices, the bureaucratized forms of governance that our societies are stuck in? With similar concerns in mind it will be presented the idea for a Transnational Republic of Choice, where the richness that is left out of the Nation-State narrative can get together by capitalizing the advantages of a globalized world. What is a radicalized local in the end? If the local, the locus, the place, is already, in its origin, so deeply connected to the roots of a specific place, how can we radicalize it even more? Can the radicalized local become then a critical being in motion, truly able to connect subjects through globalization, in virtue of a less abstract understanding of the public sphere, its economies and its multifaceted human side?

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Henk Oosterling (rotterdam vakmanstad)

Critical Referent 1

Rasmus Ugilt (aarhus university)

TITLE

Radicalizing The Local: New Organizational Forms

SYNOPSIS

How radical can the local become? Is the global rooted in the local? Is it that simple? Or is the local an inbetween, an ‘inter’ between the global and something else? Is this ‘something else’ coming to the fore once we radicalize the local? These questions disclose a perspective that reveals the micropolitical foundation of new organizational forms. Rotterdam Skillcity has been working in neighbourhoods in the South of Rotterdam for the past 10 years focusing on skills and craftsmanship. For RVS skill is will. But, as Richard Sennet emphasizes in his latest book Together, the most precious skill that founds all others is cooperation. Rotterdam Skillcity’s basic strategy accepts the educational value of this basic skill and has formulated a new E.P.I.C. on the city: Education, Participation (integration) Communication. In his presentation Oosterling will sketch both the practical and philosophical implications of this strategy. Speaker 2

Dorothee Richter (oncurating)

Critical Referent 2

Eva Visser (kenniscentrum creating 010)

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The Imaginary and the Community: Deliberations

Following the Deconstructivist Challenge of the Thinking of Community

SYNOPSIS

Even after the waning of the debates on communitarianism and liberalism as conducted intensively above all in the political sciences and political philosophy, discussion about community in general is evidently not diminishing. a major role has been played by endeavours to deconstruct the concept of community which took as their point of departure a discussion between Jean-Luc Nancy and Maurice Blanchot and were then continued beyond the borders of France in the Italian speaking regions as well, above all by Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito. Since the translation of être Singulier Pluriel – Nancy’s chief thematic work –, if not before, discussions on the concept of community have also resumed in the German-speaking regions, if under a different omen and with other connotations. Beyond the

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limits of this field, however, a further, more recent, thread of discussion can also be discerned, likewise zeroing in on phenomena of community. Following a shared article with Lars Gertenbach on this topic, I want to link the debate on community with psychoanalytical and cultural-theoretical deliberations, and assayed to describe the characteristics of community-building anew on the basis of a constitutive element of the imaginary or fantasmatic. Speaker 3

Georg Zoche (transnational republic)

Critical Referent 3

Sue Bell Yanks (social practice)

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Open Source Citizenship, Currency and Identity

Management for Global Democracy

SYNOPSIS

The United Transnational Republics is the first known “3GO”: a Global Governmental Grassroots Organisation working towards the democratisation of the globalised world we find ourselves in. Democracy as we know it since the last two centuries only takes place within nation-states. At the same time globalisation happens globally, outside of national definitions, legislation or agreements. Obviously, there is no democratic representation of the individual on a transnational, global level. This leads to inherently undemocratic processes within globalisation. Currently, outside of the nation-states only consumer and national interests are being represented. Unfortunately, both our national as well as our consumer interests are in conflict with our global interest: the preservation of our environment, world peace, establishment of transnational legislation, etc. In order to realise democracy on a global level, the current political system needs to be expanded by one more federal level of representation: Citizen of a city, of a country, of a Transnational Republic. In this system all citizens of the world will be represented by their Transnational Republic of choice; together, the various Transnational Republics are forming The United Transnational Republics, where they are representing their citizens’ transnational interests – just as the various nation-states are assembling into The United Nations representing national interest.

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Speaker 4

Tine De Moor (institutions for collective action)

Critical Referent 4

Ethel Baraona (dpr-barcelona)

TITLE Homo Cooperans

Institutions for collective action and the compassionate society

SYNOPSIS

Parallel to the current social, economic, and ecological crisis, new institutions for collective action are rapidly developing. In domains where the government withdraws and the market fails, citizen collectives in care, energy, infrastructure, etc. that are set up by the public offer an accessible and affordable alternative at the local level. The media and scientists sometimes speak of a revolution taking place in our society. But is this true? Is this a turning point where the whole society is flipped upside down? Tine De Moor indicates, through a thousand years of history, in what way the current developments differ from earlier boosts in the development of institutions for collective action. Just like today, similar periods of growth for these type of institutions, were preceded by periods of accelerated development of the free market. As such, they constitute a correction mechanism and can play an important role in society, as a third governance model) alongside market and state. De Moor calls for institutional diversity, and the use of our knowledge about the functioning of institutions from the past to make the current trend sustainable.

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In order to assure the independence of The United Transnational Republics from the nation-states and in order to establish money as the “fourth power� of democracy, the Central Bank of The United Transnational Republics is issuing the transnational citizen currency payola. A very similar global monetary system (the bancor) was the British proposal promoted by Sir Meynard Keynes at the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944. Unfortunately, the US managed to clandestinely change the wording of the Bretton Woods contract before it was signed, thereby installing the US dollar as world key currency through what might be described as one of the biggest frauds of the last century.


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host DAY 2

Michael Birchall (university of wolverhampton)

INTRODUCTION

This panel presents a range of perspectives focusing on new economic forms and how changing the way we work, consume and produce may offer alternatives and change the systems of control. Under the influence of globalization, information systems, and the changing roles of economic and political governance, has transformed advanced capital, producing new situations, where an increasing number of workers have become engaged in precarious labour. Post-Fordism expanded with the revolts of 1968 and the fiat strikes of the 1970s; immaterial labour began to constitute this hegemony for all forms of production, including material and agricultural labour. Paolo Virno describes a number of signs of post-Fordist capitalism that mark radical changes in developed nations production systems relation to labor in the last 40 years. He states that, “post-fordism has annulled or complicated the traditional marxist correlation between the workers labour time and the degree of his or her exploitation”1. As labour is de-materialized and the division of labour in industrial production erodes, capital not only occupies the working hours during which products or goods are produced, It absorbs all of the workers time, as well as their existence. This exploitation can be seen in the labour of cultural workers – curators, artists, architects, designers, musicians, actors. These workers have become experts at balancing intermittent bouts of barely profitable creative work with additional routine jobs in the creative and service industries. Therefore, as cultural workers, are we able to devise solutions to the problems associated with advanced capitalism? Can work itself be the answer, since it has already altered our lives so much. As Kathy Weeks describes: “Work is not only a site of exploitation, domination, and antagonism, but also where we might find the power to create alternatives on the basis of subordinated knowledges, resistant subjectivities and emergent models of organisation”2. During this period of perceived economic recovery – from what is arguably the largest economic crisis since the second world war – what new economic forms have emerged as alternatives to neoliberal and capitalist

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1. Paulo Virno, A grammar of the multitude. 2004. 2. Kathi Weeks, The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwar Imaginaries, 2004.

Speaker 1

Jaromil/Denis Roio (naba, milan)

Critical Referents 1 Enric Duran Girait & Raquel Benedicto

(cooperativa integral catalana) with Britt Jurgensen

(homebaked community landtrust and co-operative bakery)

TITLE Bitcoin: Hype or Reality?

Scenarios to Come in Digital Innovation

SYNOPSIS

Bitcoin is a decentralized system of digital authentication that facilitates the circulation of value on the Internet without the presence of any intermediaries, a characteristic that has often gained it the definition of digital cash or crypto currency: its triple-signed blockchain of contracts is used to record payment transactions. Since the early 2011 until now what has driven Bitcoin to its present popularity is its deployment as a decentralized financial system for transactions. It may be claimed that Bitcoin is one of the few grass-roots projects that makes its participants rich, but it may be argued it does so also by money laundering. Overall it seems that we are witnessing the emergence of a disruptive innovation for payment systems, analogue to what VOIP is for the telecommunication industry. The goal of this keynote is to step back from the results that are immediately evident in Bitcoin’s emergence and analyze this technical discovery with technoetic lenses: using an open mind and avoiding economic analysis, we’d like to envision what we can expect to come that can benefit society.

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infrastructures? Are cultural producers expected to contribute to this recovery, using entrepreneurial strategies favoured in the “big society”? Has it become conceivable during this period to imagine ourselves less dependent on conventional monetary systems, what are the alternatives to this? Are local, small scale operations the answer to the failings of multi-national corporations?


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Bitcoin’s line of progress won’t affects just the payment processing industry, it could have many more fields of application: the energy market, digital manufacturing, authentication, art and even governance. Speaker 2

Pelin Tan (mardin artuklu university)

Critical Referent 2

Silvia Simoncelli (brera art academy)

TITLE Relational Surplus and Its Dissemination in Art SYNOPSIS

What are the engagement methodologies, autonomy and search for alternative livelihoods, model of dissemination of surplus in such practices? I would like to give examples of several different art practices from Athens to Kyoto that try to create a non-capitalist time/space organization as well as contributions to resistance movements in urban space. Speaker 3

Eli Feghali & Rachel Plattus (new economy coalition)

Critical Referent 3

Christopher Robbins (ghana thinktank)

TITLE Spaces of Participation: Stories of Economic Democracy displacing

Corporate Rule

SYNOPSIS

This presentation explores the use of New Economic Forms: (1) In service of social movements (2) As parallel institutions for increasing access to and participation in the economy, and (3) As a means of creating more resilient communities. We argue that institutions of economic democracy can play any of these three vital roles, and offer pertinent examples from our work with the New Economy Coalition, a network of more than sixty organizations working in various ways to grow a more just and sustainable economic system. We explore questions of scale in the hope of demonstrating that efforts to effect economic system change have much to learn from the local.

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Speaker 4

Pedro Medina (yo creo en colombia)

Critical Referent 4

Jan Jongert (superuse studios)

SYNOPSIS

My focus will be on our role as yo creo en colombia to help change the nonpropositive, destructive, self-demeaning dialogue that existed in Colombia pre-1999 and create a new way for Colombians to see ourselves and relate to our own people. I use the example of el festival del trueque, which we do in La Minga, to exemplify how when you change the context, create contagion around new ideas, and generate powerful experiences, people make better decisions, one of which is to trust their own.

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DAY 1

Wed. 15 Jan. D A I LY P R O G R A M

New Organizational Forms FORMAT Short presentations, workshops, and feedback sessions SCHEDULE 09.30

Arrival and Coffee

09.45

Day’s Welcome by host: Matteo Lucchetti (project visible)

10.00 Presentations each 30 min. followed by 15-min. discussion with

critical referent

10.00 – 10.45

1st Presentation

Henk Oosterling (rotterdam vakmanstad)

Critical referent: Rasmus Ugilt (aarhus university)

10.45 – 11.30

2nd Presentation

Dorothee Richter (oncurating) 11.30 – 11.45

Critical referent: Eva Visser (kenniscentrum creating 010)

Short Break

11.45 – 12.30

3rd Presentation

Georg Zoche (transnational republic)

Critical referent: Sue Bell Yank (social practice)

12.30 – 13.15

4th Presentation

Tine De Moor (institutions for collective xction) 13.15 – 14.00

Critical referent: Ethel Baraona (dpr-barcelona)

Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.15

Introduction to the afternoon session (host)

14.15 – 14.30

Setting the agenda (critical referents): listing questions generated by

presentations to be discussed

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14.30 – 15.45

Workshops

4 sessions, held at the same time at various locations around the neighborhood, each centered on one of the morning presentations

07 Neighbourhood Workshop 06 Meram 03 Boeren in Zicht 08 Nina’s Lunchroom

Each session would be facilitated by the Critical Referent from

the respective presentation, who’d prepare questions for the

feedback session afterwards, assisted by a reporter and a

member of the Freehouse group, who’d keep and write up a

record of the workshop

Reporters Ailbhe Murphy & Ciaran Smyth (vagabond reviews),

Elke Krasny (academy of fine arts vienna), Susanne Bosch (artist),

Carolina Rito (curator)

15.45 – 16.00

Short Break

16.00 – 17.30

General Feedback Session

(Moderated by host)

10-min. presentation of each workshop (questions for discussion by

critical referents) followed by 45-min. general discussion

17.30

Day’s Closure (host) followed by drinks and snacks

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DAY 2

Thu. 16 Jan. D A I LY P R O G R A M

New Economic Forms FORMAT Short presentations, workshops, and feedback sessions SCHEDULE 09.30

Arrival and Coffee

09.45

Day’s WelcomE by host: Michael Birchall (university of wolverhampton)

10.00 Presentations each 30 min. followed by 15-min. discussion with

critical referent

10.00 – 10.45

1st Presentation

Jaromil (naba, milan)

Critical referent: Enric Duran Girait (via Skype) & Raquel Benedicto

(in workshop) (cooperativa integral catalana) with Britt Jurgensen

(homebaked landtrust and co-operative bakery)

10.45 – 11.30

2nd Presentation

Pelin Tan (mardin artuklu university) 11.30 –11.45

Critical referent: Silvia Simoncelli (brera art academy)

Short Break

11.45 – 12.30

3rd Presentation

Eli Feghali & Rachel Plattus (new economics institute)

Critical referent: Christopher Robbins (ghana thinktank)

12.30 – 13.15

4th Presentation

Pedro Medina (yo creo en colombia) 13.15 – 14.00

Critical referent: Jan Jongert (superuse studios)

Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.15

Introduction to the afternoon session (host)

14.15 – 14.30

Setting the agenda (critical referents): listing questions

generated by presentations to be discussed

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14.30 – 15.45

Workshops

4 sessions, held at the same time at various locations around the neighborhood, each centered on one of the morning presentations

09 Snackbar Pretoria 04 Cafe Akdeniz 05 De Zuiderling 06 Meram

Each session would be facilitated by the Critical Referent from

the respective presentation, who’d prepare questions for the

feedback session afterwards, assisted by a reporter and a member of the

Freehouse group, who’d keep and write up a record of the workshop

Reporters Ailbhe Murphy & Ciaran Smyth (vagabond reviews),

Elke Krasny (academy of fine arts vienna), Susanne Bosch (artist),

Carolina Rito (curator)

15.45 – 16.00

Short Break

16.00 – 17.30

General Feedback Session

(Moderated by host)

10-min. presentation of each workshop (questions for discussion by

critical referents), followed by 45-min. general discussion

17.30

Day’s Closure (host) followed by drinks and snacks

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DAY 3

Fri. 17 Jan. D A I LY P R O G R A M

Re/Forming the Future (of Afrikaanderwijk) FORMAT Deliberations

The aim of the last day is to bring a range of different voices and interests to the debate on “the future of self-organization of neighborhoods” through deliberations where people can present their ideas, hear the ideas of others, and change their views on the topic. The day is structured as a series of mediated discussions organized around a number of tables (two Dutch spoken and translated), where participants would share views, listen to one another, and challenge the views presented. Each table would discuss the same questions and after each set of questions, share the ideas that have come up at each table with the others. The process will be facilitated by a moderator and a reporter, assisted by a member of the Freehouse group, and a record of the conversations will be kept and written up. Moderators Ailbhe Murphy & Ciaran Smyth (vagabond reviews), Carolina Rito (curator),

Elke Krasny (academy of fine arts vienna), Susanne Bosch (artist), Marcel Jongmans (enthousiasmeur) Reporters Anastasia Kubrak (designer), Jaime Iglehart (artist), Jeannette Petrik (researcher, writer & designer), Lizzie MacWillie (graduate school of design), Tamar Shafrir (designer), Sikko Cleveringa (cal-xl) SCHEDULE 9.30

Arrival and coffee

9.45

Day’s Welcome by host: Arie Lengkeek (air foundation): conversation

with Jeanne van Heeswijk Introduction to the Deliberations: of the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative Intentions of the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative Exchange and expectations

10.00

1st Deliberation: New Organizational Forms

10.00 – 10.15

Opening Statement Roel In ‘t Veld (professor of governance &

sustainability) addressing questions coming out of Day 1

10.15 – 11.00

Table Discussions Cooperation as organizational form:

How to maintain common ground

How to actively enhance skills of cooperation

How to connect the lived world of the coop with “systems-world” beyond

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11.00 – 11.15

Tea and Coffee

11.30 11.30 – 11.45

2nd Deliberation: New Economic Forms Opening Statement Rachel Plattus & Eli Feghali addressing questions coming out of Day 2

11.45 – 12.30

Table Discussions Cooperation as economic form:

How to connect value-systems

How to expand into new domains (housing, insurance, etc.)

How to entice surplus value to be reinvested locally

12.30 – 12.45

Summary statements from each moderator on 3 key points

12.45

Short Break

13.00

3rd Deliberation: Re/Forming the Future

(of Afrikaanderwijk)

13.00 – 13.15

Opening Statement Aetzel Griffioen (rotterdam vakmanstad)

Addressing the future of the Afrikaander district

13.15 – 14.00

Table Discussions the emergence of the future Afrikaanderwijk?

What did you sense in the Afrikaanderwijk?

What benefit can the Afrikaanderwijk have from your experience and insights?

How can the future practice of Afrikaanderwijk be connected to your future

14.00 – 14.15 14.15 – 15.00

practice elsewhere in Rotterdam/The World? Summary statements from each moderator on 3 key points

Lunch Break

15.00

Closing Statement & Ceremonial Handover to the

Afrikaanderwijk coop

Around 15.00 hour other guests will start gathering to take part in the Closing and Handover, leading into an Official Reception/Closing Party of Freehouse. As part of the event, during the breaks and at the end, parts of the interior will be taken apart and distributed throughout the neighborhood. So, the third day would be in an almost empty room, with the last elements leaving the building…

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Aetzel Griffioen

in collaboration with Fatima Groups

( R otterdam Vakmanstad )

United, Rialto. The sliabh bán Art House

Aetzel Griffioen attained his MA degree

(2011 – 2012) a participatory public

in political philosophy at the Erasmus

art project commissioned by Galway

University Rotterdam (cum laude). He has

City Council’s Arts Office and city (re)

a special interest in ecosophy, operaism,

searches experiences of being public ,

the common and occasionalism and

an interdisciplinary research initiative

published in volume, de helling and

produced by Blue Drum, Community

with Sjoerd van Tuinen in krisis and the

Arts Partnership Belfast and the

algemeen nederlands tijdschrift voor

Kaunas Biennial.

wijsbegeerte . Working

for Rotterdam

Vakmanstad / Skillcity he integrates eco-

Anastasia Kubrak

social methods in four neighbourhoods

( designer )

in the south of Rotterdam. Currently he is

Anastasia Kubrak is a young communi-

co-editing the book wat heet lichamelijke

cation designer. Her work addresses

opvoeding ?

political and social causes in the age of

Ecosociale educatie op de

brede school with Henk Oosterling.

information; maximalist enough, she believes that design is “a weapon for

Ailbhe Murphy & Ciaran Smyth

social change”. She designs urban and

( Vagabond R e v iews )

digital interactions, so that her projects

Co-founded in 2007 by artist Ailbhe

found their viewers in Natlab, former

Murphy and independent researcher

Philips Laboratories, Van Abbemuseum

Ciaran Smyth, vagabond reviews is an

in Eindhoven, and many more.

interdisciplinary platform combining

Within recent collaborations such as

socially engaged art and research

“The Other Market”, which aims for the

practice. Most recently Vagabond Reviews

exchange of goods for the dialogue,

were commissioned as part of the

Anastasia started a series of live events,

National Women’s Council of Ireland’s

embracing various graphic media in order

Legacy Project, curated by Valerie Connor.

to illuminate and visualize the real time

In October ‘Still, We Work’ was exhibited

discussions. In this sense, illustration

at the Gallery of Photography and was

becomes an interactive experience, which

presented at 126 Gallery, Galway as

role is a graphical translation of ideas and

part of the Tulca Visual Arts Festival in

mapping the complexity of information.

November 2013. Other projects include

Born in Moscow, Russia, she is currently

the cultural archaeology (2009 – 2010), a

studying in Design Academy Eindhoven,

community-based arts research initiative

Man & Communication department.

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housing and spaces to meet, to chat

the official school magazine, a student

and to celebrate. At the heart of this

platform for design criticism.

endeavor is the principle of creating value, social and monetary, which stays within

Arie Lengkeek

the neighbourhood and is invested into

( A ir F oundation )

its communities.

Arie Lengkeek is editor and programmemaker at AIR, Rotterdam centre for

Carolina Rito

Architecture. His background as urban

(curator )

planner helps him to focus on the values,

Carolina Rito is a curator, writer and

actors and processes which contribute

researcher, born in Portugal and

to the built environment and its qualities.

currently living in London. Since 2011

Facilitating emerging practices in the

she is a graduate student of the PhD in

production of the city is his key interest,

Curatorial/Knowledge, at Goldsmiths

reflected in programmes like Van der

College, London, UK, supervised by Irit

Leeuwkring and PLUG Rotterdam, which

Rogoff. Currently she is also developing

are learning environments connecting a

the project disdisdis in collaboration with

wide diversity of agents.

the artist Luisa Ungar. Previously she has lectured in the MA and BA programmes

Britt Jurgensen

in Portugal. In 2013 she was Curator in

( H ome B aked C ommunity L andtrust and

Residency in UNIDEE – Cittadellarte, in

C o - operati v e B akery )

Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy. In 2010/2011

Britt Jurgensen is a German theatre/

she was curator-researcher at a curatorial

performance artist and community

residency in CuratorLab at Konstfack

activist currently based in North Liverpool

in Stockholm, and worked as assistant

where she is a member and co-producer

curator for the Arts and Architecture

of Homebaked. Homebaked is a

Programme of Guimaraes European

Community Land Trust and Co-operative

Capital of Culture. In 2009 she was a

Bakery located on the high street, just

visiting curator at Situations (dir. Claire

a few steps from the famous Liverpool

Doherty), Bristol, UK. Her curatorial

Football Club. In a neighbourhood

projects include, in 2013 The Compromise,

that has severely suffered from stalled

co-curated with Jeanne Van Heeswijk,

regeneration programmes it proposes a

in 2012 the exhibition BES Revelação

scheme of community-led development

in Serralves Museum, Porto, and in

of parts of the high street, providing

2008 the process-based project at

workspace for social enterprise, affordable

Botanical Garden, supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Christopher Robbins

Dorothee Richter

(G hana T hinktank )

( Z urich U ni v ersity of the A rts )

Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy

Dr. Dorothee Richter, is head of the

cusp of public art and international

Postgraduate Programme in Curating

development, creating sculptural interven-

(MAS/CAS) at the University of the

tions in the daily lives of strangers. He built

Arts Zurich (ZHdK).

his own hut out of mud and sticks and

She also co-founded with Susanne

lived in it while serving as a Peace Corps

Clausen the “Research Platform for

Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, spoke at

Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural

a United Nations conference about his

Studies, Practice-Based Doctoral

cross-cultural digital arts and education

Programme” a cooperation of the

work in the South Pacific, and has lived

Postgraduate Programme in Curating

and worked in London, Tokyo, West Africa,

and the Department of Fine Arts,

the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia.

University of Reading. She initiated the

He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial of

Curating Degree Zero Archive together

Architecture, ZKM | Museum of Contem-

with Barnaby Drabble.

porary Art, New Museum Festival of Ideas,

She curated and programmed different

Trade School at the Whitney Museum,

exhibition series like Feldforschung

the National Museum of Wales, Nikolaj

Hausfrauenkunst, female qualities, exile

Kunsthallen/Copenhagen Contemporary

and mainstream.

Art Center, and been awarded residencies

From 1999 to the end of 2003, Richter

or fellowships from Skowhegan,

was artistic director of the Künstlerhaus

MacDowell Colony, Haystack, Penland and

Bremen where she curated a discursive

Anderson Ranch, among others.

programme based on feminist issues,

The Ghana ThinkTank, which he co-

urban situations, power relation issues,

founded in 2006, is a global network of

and institutional critique.

think tanks from the “developing” world,

Since 1998, Richter has held lecturing

whose premise is to “Develop the First

posts at the University of Bremen, the

World.” They collect problems in the

Merzakademie Stuttgart, the École des

U.S. and Europe, and send them to think

Beaux Arts in Geneva, and the Universität

tanks they established in Cuba, Ghana,

Lüneburg. Most recent publication is

Palestine, Iran, Mexico and El Salvador to

“Fluxus. Kunst gleich Leben? Mythen um

analyze and solve. They then work with

Autorschaft, Produktion, Geschlecht und

the communities where the problems

Gemeinschaft” (Fluxus, art is life? Myths

originated to implement those solutions –

around authorship, production, gender

whether they seem impractical or brilliant.

and community”) and the new Internet

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Rachel Plattus is Director of Organizing

current approaches to critical curatorial

(Youth and Student Network) at the New

practice. She curated for example a Fluxus

Economy Coalition. She coordinates

Festival and exhibition with Adrian Notz at

NEC’s youth and student organizing

Cabaret Voltaire and other series like New

programs and works to build broad

Social Sculptures at Kunstmuseum Thun

community, movement and organizational

with the PP in Curating.

engagement in the New Economy.

In 2013 she published a film together

Rachel is active in climate justice work as

with Ronald Kolb: „Flux Us Now! Fluxus

a member of a Boston-based organizing

explored with a camera.“ Which was

collective, Simorgh. She hopes to support

screened at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in April

communities in embracing and protecting

2013 and in October 2013 at the Migros

what is left of our planet and in building

Musem fuer Gegenwartskunst in Zürich.

resilience in the face of environmental and

In September 2013 she was appointed as

economic transformation. Someday she

mentor for POOL, Zürich.

would like to be a heron or a whale. Rachel lives in Boston, MA.

Eli Feghali & Rachel Plattus ( N ew E conomy C oalition )

Elke Krasny

Eli Feghali is the Director of

( A cademy of F ine A rts Vienna )

Communications and Online Organizing

Elke Krasny is Senior Lecturer at the

for the New Economy Coalition. He is

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She was

a Lebanese-American who has spent

Guest Professor at the University of

the majority of his professional life

Bremen in 2006, at the Academy of

as a communications specialist and

Fine Arts Nuremberg in 2013, and at the

community organizer focused on issues

Vienna University of Technology in 2014.

of economic and social justice. At NEC,

In 2012 she was Visiting Scholar at the

Eli works to create and promote effective

CCA, Canadian Centre for Architecture,

narratives about the movement to build

in Montréal. Her work as a curator, critic,

a New Economy that prioritizes people,

cultural theorist and urban researcher

place, and the planet. Outside of his day

clearly shows her interest in urban

job, Eli is active in a climate justice affinity

transformation processes, the critical

group and in local efforts to grow the

history of architecture, the politics of

cooperative sector in Boston. When not

history, and the historiography of feminist

eating vegan food or watching the Celtics,

curatorial practices. The edited book on

Eli can be found on Twitter (@efeghali).

the history of self-organization hands-on urbanism 1850 – 2012. the right to green

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appeared in 2012 and her exhibition

so she also work with different education

by the same name was shown at the

projects. She’s out of the system, cannot

Architecture Centre Vienna, the Museum

have a job or a bank account and she’s

for Contemporary Art Leipzig and included

happy with it, because long time ago, she

in the Venice Biennale of Architecture

decided to be a human in the earth.

in 2012. She co-edited the 2013 volume women ’ s : museum . curatorial politics in

Ethel Baraona Pohl

feminism ,

( D P R-B arcelona )

Education, History, and Art.

Ethel Baraona Pohl is a writer, publisher Enric Duran Girait &

and curator; her [net]work is a real hub

Raquel Benedicto

linking several publications and actors

(C ooperati va I ntegral C atalana )

on architecture and theory. Co-founder

Enric Duran Giralt If in the year 2008,

of the independent publishing house

he was known for the expropriation of

dpr-barcelona, and editor at quaderns

€492,000 from 39 banks to be allocated

d ’ arquitectura i urbanisme . She’s

to social change initiatives, today he is

contributing editor for different blogs

known for having promoted the Catalan

and magazines, and has written articles

Integrated Cooperative, which has

for domus, volume, the new city reader

become after three years a living example

[Istanbul edition] and mas context among

for an alternative construction of society,

others. She has been invited to present

bringing together thousands of people

her work in events like postópolis! df,

and hundreds of cooperative projects.

and the international architecture festival

Raquel Benedicto Working since

first commissioned for the Istanbul

2010 in Cooperativa Integral Catalana

Design Biennial in 2012 and exhibited at

(CIC). She’s working in different work

The New Museum, NYC [May 2013] and

commissions in CIC in the areas of

Lime Wharf, London [Summer 2013].

economic, welcoming and productive

Curator, with César Reyes Nájera, of the

projects. She also work in the replication

third Think Space programme with the

of the tools that CIC has create for the

theme ‘Money’.

eme 3. Associate

also

Curator for “Adhocracy”,

communal good, in the rest of Catalonia, explaining people how this tools work and

Eva Visser

forming them, and how this can help them

( kenniscentrum creating 010)

to change his dependence of the state.

Social Historian Eva Visser works for as a

Mother of a son, don’t believe capitalism

researcher and tutor for Kenniscentrum

would give her little baby a real solution,

Creating 010 (Rotterdam University).

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In 2006, Zoche was invited to present

Cultural Diversity and on new economic

at the international forum on the social

models for young artists and designers.

science

Together with Levien Nordeman she wrote

globalisation and democracy) and

the article ‘The limitations and possibilities

to contribute to “The Buenos Aires

of co-creation in the public domain of

Declaration”. In 2007, Zoche was speaker

Rotterdam’ for the CATaC ‘12 conference

at the unesco monterrey forum, where he

in Aarhus, in which Freehouse was used as

co-authored “The Monterrey Manifesto”

a case study.

and was selected as winner in the global

(the first UNESCO summit on

governance essay contest .

Georg Zoche

In 2009, Zoche’s first book about the

( T ransnational R epublic )

(geo)political power of currencies was

Georg Zoche was born in Munich, where

published (welt macht geld, münchen:

he studied engineering and philosophy

blumenbar ).

and was working as exotica DJ. In 1992, his work on lightweight diesel

Henk Oosterling

engines for aircraft received a research

( R otterdam Vakmanstad )

award. Since 1995, the Zoche aero-diesel

Dr. Henk A.F. Oosterling is associate

is on permanent display in the Deutsche

professor at the Dept. of Philosophy of

Museum. Zoche holds patents on internal

the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

combustion engines, electro motors and

where he teaches philosophy of

reverse vending systems.

difference, dialectics, and philosophy of

Since 1996, Zoche is researching the

art since 1985. His academic research

topic of a more participatory globalisation

focuses on intermedial art, design,

process. To this end he co-founded in

and interculturality. He published and

2001 the grassroots movement The

edited dozens of books and received the

United Transnational Republics, which has

Erasmus Research Award (1996).

been joined by more than 6,000 citizens

In 2004 Oosterling initiated and since

from over 100 nation states. The United

2007 directs a long-term educational

Transnational Republics participated at

urban renovation programme called

well over 60 international conferences,

Rotterdam Skillcity, based on the

exhibitions, seminars, workshops in the

philosophical insights of Foucault,

fields of politics, activism and art (Torino

Deleuze/Guattari and Arendt. This

Biennial, Venice Biennial, attac summer

emancipatory project connects groups on

academy, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Münchner

a neighbourhood level, and educationally

Kammerspiele, Palais de Tokyo Paris etc.).

aims at eco-literacy, reintroducing a 21st

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century craftsmanship in the school

in the behaviour of flows in interior,

curricula, He was awarded for this with

industrial and urban environment. His

the Rotterdam Laurens Coin (2008) and

key projects are Villa Welpeloo (2009),

the national Van Praag Reward (2013).

Recyclicity MSP (2010) and various

His most recent book on this discursive

open source web-platforms (Superuse.

practice is ECO3: Reflection (2013).

org, Cyclifier.org and Harvestmap.org). Jan Jongert currently holds the position

Jaime Iglehart

of Lector at the Royal Academy of Art in

( artist )

The Hague.

Jaime Iglehart is a multimedia artist exploring questions of freedom, authority,

Jaromil/Denis Roio

and human social interaction within the

( N A B A , M ilan )

context of autonomous collectivism.

Denis Roio, better known as Jaromil, is a

Past projects have taken the form of

developer, activist and artist of the Dyne.

installation, performance, photography,

org network. Since the year 2000 his

textile, pedagogy, curating, and most

works have focused on computer viruses,

recently, open source mapping.

piracy, freedom of speech, privacy and

Jaime is the vice-president of the

independent media practices. Jaromil’s

New Age Beverages corporation.

software creations are recommended by the Free Software Foundation and

Jan Jongert

redistributed in several GNU/Linux

( S uperuse S tudios )

systems worldwide, while he is also

Jan Jongert studied in Delft and

an active contributor to media theory

graduated as Architect at the Academy

discourses. In 2009 he was the receipt

of Architecture Rotterdam in 2003.

of the VilĂŠm Flusser Award, now

As cofounder of Superuse Studios

completing his Ph.D. on digital economies,

in Rotterdam (formerly known as

also focusing on cryptographic systems

2012Architecten) he designs interiors

such as Bitcoin.

and buildings and develops strategies to facilitate the transition to a sustainable

Jeannette Petrik

society. He focuses at developing tools

( researcher , writer & designer )

and processes and realises projects that

Jeannette Petrik is a researcher, writer and

empower local exchange and production,

designer currently based in Rotterdam.

as an alternative to transporting our

Her practice revolves around the creation

resources, products and components

of opportunities for public empowerment

around the globe. Jan Jongert specialised

and skill sharing. She considers the design

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work for or the neighbourhood they

a tool for everyday political engagement.

live in via trainings, lectures and bringing

At the core of her practice lies the

possibilities together.

in-depth, contextual analysis of the subjective dynamics inherent in social

Matteo Lucchetti

arrangements and material cultures,

( P roject Visible )

which allows her to facilitate the creation

Matteo Lucchetti is an independent

of events of doubt in dialogue with her

curator, and art historian. He holds

surrounding environment.

an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial

Jeannette has studied Product Design

Studies with a thesis entitled Enacting

at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma

a Community, about the relationship

de Mexico and has pursued a bachelor

between collaborative artistic practices

degree at Central Saint Martins School of

and the idea of community. He has been

Art and Design in London before taking

curator in residence at AIR – Artist in

up a master degree in Contextual Design

residence, Antwerp, Kadist Art Foundation,

at the Design Academy Eindoven, in the

Paris, and Para Site, Hong Kong.

context of which she created a body of

His main curatorial projects include:

research around the notion of Extremism

don ’ t embarrass the bureau !

within the Everyday. Currently, she is

Konsthalle, Lund, 2014); legally. Anna

working as a freelance and independent

Scalfi Eghenter (Biennale di Democrazia,

researcher, designer and writer.

Turin, 2013); enacting populism in its mediascape

(Lunds

(Kadist Art Foundation,

Marcel Jongmans

Paris 2011 – 2012); practicing memory

( E nthousiasmeur )

(Cittadellarte, Biella, 2010). He is co-

Enthousiasmeur in the first place.

curator of visible (Pistoletto Foundation/

He thinks in terms of opportunities

Fondazione Zegna), a biennial production

and focuses on small initiatives with

award and research project on socially

a big impact and the power of

engaged artistic practices in a global

cooperation. Marcel Jongmans works

context. Lucchetti lectures regularly at the

independently but also functions as a

Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and is a

communications consultant employed

visiting lecturer at the Brera Art Academy,

by the municipality of Rotterdam,

Milan and at St Lucas University College of

a liaison between the municipality

Art, Antwerp. He has written for Manifesta

and Rotterdam neighbourhoods.

blog, Art-Agenda, This is Tomorrow,

Makes people enthusiastic about

and Mousse, among others, and he has

themselves, the organisation they

edited the monograph “Michelangelo

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Consani: The Caspian Depression”. Matteo

Darden School of the University of

Lucchetti lives and works in Brussels.

Virginia. He worked in Mobil Polymers

BIOGRAPHIES

International, Propilco, a licensee of Union Michael Birchall

Carbide and Shell, Sofasa, the Toyota

( U ni v ersity of W olv erhampton )

and Renault assembly plant in Colombia,

Michael G. Birchall is a curator, writer

and brought McDonald´s into Colombia.

and PhD candidate with an interest

He led the company as its General

in collaborative and participatory art

Manager for 7 years. While at McDonald´s,

practices. He has curated exhibitions

Medina founded and led a state of the

and projects including ‘Wie geht’s dir

art program called “I believe in Colombia”.

Stuttgart/How are you doing Stuttgart?’

The business magazine Dinero chose

and ‘Hier und Jetzt’ – at Künstlerhaus

him as one of the 20 most valuable

Stuttgart. He has attended residencies

businessmen in Colombia.

at The Western Front, Vancouver,

The program, now a non-profit foundation,

Canada, and at The Banff Centre for

has touched 680,000 persons in 159

the Arts, Banff, Canada. His writing

cities and 29 countries, and has extended

has appeared in Frieze, Frieze d/e,

into I believe in Latin America. He has

ThisIsTomorrow and C-Magazine.

been a Professor of business strategy,

Michael is currently a PhD candidate in

leadership and innovation in 4 universities

Art, Critique and Social Practice at the

for 18 years. A columnist in 12 newspapers

University of Wolverhampton (UK)

and magazines, Medina wrote his first

where he is undertaking research into

book – Puentes, Redes y Trampolines and

the role of the curator as a producer in

has collaborated on three others. He holds

social and participatory-based art.

a BA degree in Economics, History and

He is a co-publisher of the journal

International Relations from the University

oncurating

and a lecturer on the

of Virginia, an MBA from the Darden

postgraduate program in Curating at

School and a Bachelor in Hamburgerology

the Zurich University of the Arts.

from Hamburger University in Chicago.

Pedro Medina

Pelin Tan

( Y o C reo en C olombia )

( M ardin A rtuklu U ni v ersity )

Pedro Medina is a professor, a catalyst,

As a sociologist, art historian she

a mentor and a social entrepreneur.

completed her PhD. on socially engaged

He is a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center

art practices in urban space, and her

for International Affairs at Harvard

postdoc on artistic research at Art, Culture

University and a Batten Fellow at the

and Technology program at MIT (2011).

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master of law in 1964 and was appointed

videos on the future of institutions (with

as a junior-lecturer at the law faculty of

A.Vidokle). Tan was a research fellow

Leiden University. In 1969 he entered

of The Japan Foundation where she

the university administration where

conducted a research on artist run spaces.

he became personal assistant to the

Currently, she is assistant professor and

university president. In 1975 he became

vice-dean of the Architecture Faculty of

doctor after completion of a dissertation

Mardin Artuklu University.

on theoretical foundations of collective decision-making.

Rasmus UgILt

In 1977 In ‘t Veld became full professor

( A arhus U ni v ersity )

of political science at the University of

Rasmus Ugilt is assistant professor

Nijmegen. During the years 1979 – 1982

at the Department of Culture and

he also was an advisor to the Minister for

Society, Aarhus University. He teaches

Science Policy. From 1982 to 1988 he was

history of philosophy, metaphysics and

appointed as the Director-General for

contemporary continental philosophy.

Higher Education and Scientific Research.

His current research project aims to

For six years he was the Vice-Chairman of

produce a philosophical analysis of the

the OECD-Education Committee, and for

current global juridico-political situation

two decades a chairman and a member of

focussing on the consequences of the

the High Council and the Research Council

global war on terror. Recent publications

of the European University Institute at

include the metaphysics of terror,

Florence.

Bloomsbury, 2012, “Evil as an Aesthetic

In ‘t Veld chaired the committee that

Concept”, academic quarter, 2012, “The

prepared the strategic study Beyond

Nazi-Card-Card”, the journal of slavoj

Maintenance, and also participated in later

zizek studies , 2012, and we just talk !

strategic studies. He was a full professor

reflections on economy and public life ,

of government at Erasmus University

w. Jeanne van Heeswijk, Taschenspiel

Rotterdam from 1988 to 1998, and at

Press, 2013.

Leiden University from 1990 to 1998. In 1993 he served as Secretary of State for

Roel In ‘t Veld

Higher Education. For the next decade,

(professor governance & sustainability)

In ‘t Veld held various professorships at a

Prof. dr. Roeland Jaap in ‘t Veld was

number of universities: 1994 – 2006 at

born in the middle of the Second World

University of Amsterdam in organisational

War and studied law and economics in

science; 1995 – 2004 at Utrecht

Leiden and Rotterdam. He became a

University in public administration; and

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2002 – 2004 at The European University

Sikko Cleveringa

Institute in Florence.

(Cal-XL)

In ‘t Veld has been Dean of the (Graduate)

Sikko Cleveringa is Director of CAL-XL,

Netherlands School of Government,

the Dutch organization for community

and rector of Sioo. He held till 2013 two

arts and new cultural functions. He

professorial chairs in the domains of

leads a team of national experts working

management and governance at the Open

on networking, training, research,

University Netherlands and the University

documentation and advocacy and is

of the Dutch Antilles, and has accepted

itself active in these areas as a senior

in 2010 an appointment as Professor

advisor. In the period 2001 – 2010 he

of Governance and Sustainability at the

was ‘Cultural broker’ of the Municipality

University of Tilburg. During 2010 – 11

of Deventer. He is one of the pioneers

he was as a visiting fellow at the IASS,

in the Netherlands of developing and

Institute for Advanced Sustainability

supporting community arts and related

Studies in Potsdam, Germany.

forms of artistic interventions in social

In ‘t Veld serves in advisory positions for

development. In the period 1990 – 2000

several ministers; and has held positions

he worked in Tanzania, Rwanda and

as an advisor for the World Bank, for

Burkina Faso as a development expert

OECD, for EC and for the Council of

with specialties as land use planning,

Europe. From 1996 till 2010 he was

micro credit and in Burkina Faso

chairman of the National Council for

regional radio and event management.

Spatial and Environmental Research.

In the late eighties he graduated in rural

During the decade 2000 – 2010 he has

development at Larenstein (now part of

been chairman of the Board of Directors

Wageningen University). Sikko Cleveringa

of the Netherlands Railways infra-provider

is the author of several publications

PRORAIL. He held several positions as a

and articles on community arts and

member of the Board of Directors at IBM

appears regularly as a guest speaker at

Netherlands, HSK and Berenschot.

symposia. He developed a project scan

Professor In ‘t Veld has published

for community arts and wrote a guideline

several books on Planning Theory,

on ‘Culture New Style “(2012). Sikko is a

Structuring Higher Education, Theoretical

board member of the Foundations One

Foundations of Steering Theory and

World Jam (Music) and La Benevolencia

recently Knowledge Democracy and

(Radio). Community Arts Lab XL (CAL-XL),

Sustainability. He has recently published

is the Dutch organization for community

Transgovernance, The Quest for the

arts and new cultural functions. Our work

Governance of Sustainable Development.

is about cultural entrepreneurship and

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civic engagement. Important themes

who is afraid of the public , symposium,

ICI, London, 2013; performing structures,

legitimacy, sustainable programs in

exhibition, Wascherei, Kunstverein Zurich,

stead of incidental projects, vital

2012; Deimantas narkevicius, revisiting

coalitions and culture producing citizens.

utopia , special

CAL-XL is a platform and catalyst for new

Film Festival, 2011. In 2014 she will curate

connections between artistic and social

a series of artistic interventions within

sectors, between theory and practice.

the frame of Dencity, an interdisciplinary

Spearheads are networking, training,

cultural project in the suburban area of

research, documentation and advocacy.

Giambellino, in Milan.

program, Winterthur Short

We build partnerships and acquire grants for the development of new products

Sue Bell Yank

and services. The implementation is

(Social Practice)

basically on the basis of contracts and the

Sue Bell Yank is a writer, producer, and

contribution of participants.

arts organizer. She currently works as an online education producer for the Oprah

Silvia Simoncelli

Winfrey Network and was formerly the

(Brera Art Academy)

Associate Director of Academic Programs

Silvia Simoncelli is an art historian and

at the Hammer Museum. She graduated

independent curator based in Milan

from the Masters of Public Art Studies

and Zurich. She is professor at Brera

program at USC, focusing on the role of

Art Academy and course leader of the

contemporary art in rebuilding efforts

Advanced Course in Contemporary Art

after a crisis, focusing on post-Katrina

Markets, NABA in Milan. She lectures

New Orleans. She has worked with artist

regularly for the Postgraduate Programme

Edgar Arceneaux as a co-founder and

in Curating at ZHdK, Zurich and she is co-

Assistant Director for the Watts House

publisher of the web journal oncurating.

Project, and has a deep-seated investment

Her research interests comprise the

in socially and politically-engaged art that

relation between art and economy,

can be traced to her years as a public

institutional critique and art in public

school teacher in Lynwood and South

space. She is currently editing an issue of

Fairfax. She is currently an advisor for the

oncurating

on the topic of the commons.

Asian Arts Initiative’s Social Practice Lab

Recent projects and participations

and the granting organization SPArt, was

include: artists and rights in contemporary

a curatorial advisor for the Creative Time

art , symposium, Artissima, Turin; visions

Living as Form exhibition (2011), and was

of labour , exhibition, Kunshalle

part of the curatorial team for the 2008

Sao Paulo;

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BIOGRAPHIES

California Biennial. Her writing has been

4th edition of Cities Exhibition, Bir

featured in exhibition catalogues, Journal

Zeit (2012/13), Citizen Art Days

of Aesthetics and Protest, the Huffington

Berlin (2012/13), Arte Útil Archiv,

Post, KCET Artbound, and various arts

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2013),

blogs including her ongoing essay blog

Click or Clash? Strategies of collaboration,

entitled Social Practice: Writings about

Galleria Bianconi, Milano (2013).

the social in contemporary art. She has

She is co-editor and editor, the most

been a lecturer at California College

recent books being STATE (2011) edited

of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design,

collaboratively with the artist Anthony

UCLA, and USC.

Haughey, Dublin (published by Project Arts Centre Dublin) and Connections:

Susanne Bosch

Artists in communication (2012) edited

(artist)

collaboratively with the artist Andrea

Susanne Bosch is an artist and teaches.

Theis (published by Interface Research

From 2007 – 2012, she developed and led

Center Belfast).

the Art in Public master programme at the University of Ulster in Belfast together with

Tamar Shafrir

Dan Shipsides. She works predominantly

(designer)

in public and on long-term questions,

Tamar Shafrir is a writer and editor in

which tackle creative arguments around

the fields of design and architecture,

the ideas of democracy. Works include

based in Genoa, Italy. She received her

among other things issues around money,

bachelor’s degree in architectural design

migration, surviving, work, societal visions

at the University of Virginia and her

and participation models. She formally

master’s degree in contextual design

uses site – and situation – specific

at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her

interventions, installations, video, drawing,

articles have been published in domus

audio, dialogic work, in addition formats

magazine, and she also works on editorial

such as writing, speaking, listening,

projects with designers, curators, and

workshops, seminars and Open Space

critics including Unfold, Jan Boelen,

conferences. She is a trained Open Space

and Louise Schouwenberg. She was the

facilitator (2008) and trained in conflict

catalogue editor for the first Istanbul

analysis and – management (2004).

Design Biennial and worked on the

Susanne works internationally on

adhocracy

exhibitions and projects in public space,

York, and London. In 2013, in partnership

e.g. she was involved with Jericho –

with Joseph Grima, she started Space

beyond the celestial and terrestrial,

Caviar, a practice for critique, curation,

exhibition in Istanbul, New

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and consultancy, beginning with

international journal of the commons .

neoasterisms , a

She is also a member of the both Dutch

collaborative rewriting of

and European Young Academey. Currently

in Lisbon, followed by An archaeology of

she is in charge of several large projects

rose island

for the 2013 Shenzhen Bi-City

on institutions for collective action and

Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. She

related issues on which more information

has lectured at the Design Academy

can be found at www.collective-action.info.

Eindhoven, at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, at the Politecnico di Milano,

ORGANIZERS

and at Premsela’s Milan Breakfasts during Pablo Calderon

the Salone del Mobile.

(social designer)

Tine De Moor

Pablo Calderón Salazar is an Industrial

(Institutions for Collective Action)

Designer (bachelor level) from the Jorge

Tine De Moor studied social and economic

Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá,

history and environmental sciences at

Colombia (2008) and Social Designer

the universities of Ghent, Antwerp and

(Master in Design) from Design Academy

London and is professor “Institutions for

Eindhoven (June 2013). The essence of

collective action in historical perspective”

his practice lies in collaborating with local

at the department of history of Utrecht

partners in the different contexts where

University. Her research focuses on both

his projects take place. He empathically

historical (modern and early modern)

interprets the interests of different

and present-day forms of self-governing

constituents, using dialogue as his main

institutions, in which citizens are

tool. Giving great attention to the political,

cooperating towards collective economic

economical, social and cultural conditions

or social goals, such as commons, guilds,

under which his projects take place, he

cooperatives and present-day civil

produces texts, installations, graphics,

collectivities. Her research combines

videos, interven-tions and events that

extensive empirical research and analysis

provoke reflection around relevant

with modelling and a strongly theoretical

issues in society; but this critical stance

framework and has been published in

is always accompanied by a propositive

several books and high-ranking journals.

one, which tries to hint into better ways

She is an executive board member of

of living together. His master graduation

the international association for the

project was called the other market,

study of the commons , for

a platform, materialized in a series of

which she also

founded the peer-reviewed open-access

pushcarts and stalls, to trade products

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and services without money, using

societies? This is the question that artist

dialogue as a currency.

Jeanne van Heeswijk, of the Netherlands,

BIOGRAPHIES

considers when deciding how to employ Ashraf Osman

her work to improve communities. Van

(Artinect)

Heeswijk believes communities need

Ashraf Osman is an architect, curator,

to co-produce their own futures. That’s

and consultant on public art, olfactory

why she embeds herself, for years at a

art, and social media for the arts. Born

time, in communities from Rotterdam to

in Beirut, Lebanon, he completed his

Liverpool, working with them to improve

Master of Architecture at Syracuse

their neighbourhoods and empowering

University in New York, where he received

them to design their own futures – not

the James Britton Memorial Award

wait for local authorities to foist upon

for Outstanding Thesis for his thesis,

them urban planning schemes which

“memory for forgetfulness”: registering/

rarely take embedded culture into

effacing the memory of the lebanese war .

account. Her work often attempts to

Ashraf has over 10 years of experience

unravel invisible legislation, governmental

as an architect in Princeton, NJ and

codes, and social institutions, gradually

Philadelphia, PA where he also taught

preparing areas for their predictive

Interdisciplinary Design Foundations for

futures. She calls it “radicalising the local”

2 years at Philadelphia University. He is a

by empowering communities to become

Registered Architect both in the US and

their own antidote.

Lebanon. Ashraf has recently founded

Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured

ARTINECT, a consultancy for connecting

in numerous books and publications

art both physically – by providing artwork

worldwide, as well as internationally

for architectural spaces – and virtually

renowned biennials such as those of

– by managing the web presence of

Liverpool, Busan, Taipei, Shanghai

art entities. He is currently completing

and Venice. She has received a host of

his Master of Advanced Studies at the

accolades and recognitions for her work,

Postgraduate Programme in Curating at

including most recently the 2012 Curry

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers and the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art

Jeanne van Heeswijk

and Social Change.

(artist , initiator of Freehouse)

How can an artist be an instrument for the collective reimagining of daily environments, given the complexity of our

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ORGANIZERS Ashraf Osman (artinect), Jeanne van Heeswijk (artist), Pablo Calderon (social CO-ORGANIZERS Ali Osman Safac (concept developer), Annet van Otterloo (historian), Mariska Vogel (artist), Ramón Mosterd (art & media manager) GRAPHIC DESIGN Janneke Absil (designer), Minke Themans (designer), Peter Zuiderwijk (designer) CATERING Wijkkeuken van Zuid FINANCIERS Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL, Stadsontwikkeling Gemeente Rotterdam, Stichting DOEN CONTENT PARTNER AIR designer )

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HOSTS / SPEAKERS / MODERATORS / CRITICAL REFERENTS / REPORTERS Aetzel Griffioen (rotterdam vakmanstad), Ailbhe Murphy & Ciaran Smyth (vagabond reviews), Anastasia Kubrak (designer), Arie Lengkeek (air foundation), Britt Jurgensen (homebaked community landtrust and co - operative bakery ), Carolina Rito ( curator ), Christopher Robbins ( ghana thinktank ), Dorothee Richter (zurich university of the arts), Eli Feghali & Rachel Plattus (new economy coalition), Elke Krasny (academy of fine arts vienna), Enric Duran Girait & Raquel Benedicto (cooperativa integral catalana ), Ethel Baraona Pohl ( dpr - barcelona ), Eva Visser ( kenniscentrum creating 010), Georg Zoche (transnational republic), Henk Oosterling (rotterdam vakmanstad), Jaime Iglehart (artist), Jan Jongert (superuse studios), Jaromil/Denis Roio (naba, milan), Jeannette Petrik (researcher, writer & designer ), Marcel Jongmans ( enthousiasmeur ), Matteo Lucchetti ( project visible ), Michael Birchall (university of wolverhampton), Pedro Medina (yo creo en colombia), Pelin Tan (mardin artuklu university ), Rasmus Ugilt ( aarhus university ), Roel In ‘t Veld ( professor governance & sustainability ), Sikko Cleveringa (cal-xl), Silvia Simoncelli (brera art academy), Sue Bell Yank (social practice), Susanne Bosch (artist), Tamar Shafrir (designer), Tine De Moor (institutions for collective action)

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, WORKSHOPS AND DELIBERATIONS ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS JANUARY 15 -17, 2014