Not private, neither public, autonomous art spaces might be, above all, spaces of the common. Spaces that share resources and collectivize their management, spaces where new desires and purposes are invented, as well as new associations and cooperation forms, far beyond the realm of the arts.
The program Studies of the Common proposes to gather agents that share and reinvent the sense of common in diverse spaces and contexts, on a daily basis: Casa Tainã, an urban quilombo (hinterland settlements of people of African descent) in Campinas; the Instituto Procomum, in Santos; Casco Art Institute, in Utrecht (Netherlands), and Casa do Povo, in São Paulo. This triangulation of spaces and agents is added of other collectives and individuals, participants and audiences that compose such gathering (Ocupeacidade, Mitchossó, Graziela Kunsch, Alana Moraes de Souza), or that took part in previous events (Jera Guarani, from the Kalipety indigenous village of Guarani Mbya origin, Thiago Vinícius, of Agência Solano Trindade, and Rosana Fernandes, of Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes), thus shaping a care network that strengthens itself year after year.
Perhaps the common ground to this small, heterogeneous multitude, is precisely its social liveness. For this reason, during these days of gathering, sharing, and living together, the common might be less present as a theoretical representation, and rather more alive as collective intelligence, reciprocal affect, sensorial sharing, broadened language.
Casa do Povo will be at Instituto Procomum, in Santos.
Thursday, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Binna Choi, director of Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, will present an open talk about the Gwangju Uprising, a civil rebellion against the dictatorial regime then controlling South Korea, to trace parallels between this event and the notion of common. Alana Moraes de Souza, social anthropologist and PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the Brazil’s National Museum (UFRJ), comments on the common from the perspective of the Brazilian territory, activating social events that took the country since 2013. Along with them, Mitchossó, a collective of Korean-Brazilian women that also inhabits Casa do Povo, is co-organizing the meeting and preparing a dinner connecting both Gwangju and Bom Retiro, through the perspective of daughters and granddaughters of immigrants.
Friday, from noon to 4 pm
Binna Choi presents the Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, an institution based in Utrecht (Netherlands) of which she is in charge since 2008. Artist Graziela Kunsch, resident at Casco in 2010 and 2011 for the project “The Grand Domestic Revolution,” will conduct the discussion with Binna regarding possible unfoldings of the notion of common in hybrid spaces linked with art, housing, and social movements. In the afternoon, the collective Ocupeacidade proposes a task force to create wheatpaste and posters along with those present in the discussion of Binna and Grazi, withdrawing themes, images, and trigger phrases for a collective graphic production.
Casa do Povo will be at Casa Tainã, in Campinas.