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Organising and strategies to politicise the commons

za 31 jan, 2015 : 10:30 - 11:45


The Dutch are a depoliticised bunch. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not busy organising many aspects in our lives in common, through communal gardens, child care collectives run by parents, alternative educational systems or working through the issue of affordable housing. Facing precarity, privatisation and enclosures of public services, many interesting initiatives, groups and collectives are (and have been for centuries) organising themselves differently.

The idea of the commons has become very popular as both an alternative to our current capitalist and neoliberal economic system and as a way to transform our current value system right now. Researchers from (Un)usual Business, a project by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in collaboration with Kritische Studenten Utrecht, have looked into various commoning practices in and around Utrecht. They are trying to find out  how different groups are organising themselves and what their practice could mean for a way of organising our resources in common, independent from the market or the state.

It seems, however, that although many people are actively taking back control of their lives in common, they are not always doing this within a larger political strategy. During this workshop, we would like to review different commoning practices in terms of organisation here in the Netherlands. But we would also like to think about strategies to politicise these practices, so that they may be involved in a larger political struggle instead of staying in the invisible margins of our economy.

Ying Que is an Anthropologist, Projects and Community organiser with Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory & active with the Kritische Studenten Utrecht


za 31 jan, 2015
10:30 - 11:45
2.Dh5 Festival:


Binckhorstlaan 36
Den Haag, Netherlands


Ying Que

Ying Que is antropoloog, facilitator en cultureel activist met een achtergrond in anarchistische antropologie. Sinds 2016 is ze deel van Read-in, een collectief dat experimenteert met samen lezen en memorizing. Daarnaast is ze co-initiator van queer collectief niet normaal*, dat sinds 2017 feestjes organiseert in poppodium Ekko op basis van safe space Party Praxis. Haar werkpraktijk combineert actie-onderzoek, performance en programma en is gesitueerd binnen de kunstwereld, onderwijsorganisaties en politieke gemeenschappen. Als activist en facilitator of moderator tijdens groepsprocessen of gesprekken zet ze zich in voor een feministische en antiracistische beweging. Haar huidige onderzoek focust op feministische pedagogiek, cultureel activisme, en de koloniale nalatenschap van Nederland en Indonesië. Ze was resident bij KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, 2019; medeorganisator van Elephants in the Room, Assembly for Commoning Art Institutions, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht, 2018; en werkte mee aan CATALOGUE No 3, een immaterieel publicatieproject met Display Distribute, KUNCI en Read-in voor Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul, 2018. Que woont en werkt in Utrecht en daarbuiten.