After more than twenty-five years as Casco, Casco Projects, and finally Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, we are changing our name to Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons. The title heralds our new modus operandi, presented initially in the form of an exhibition that opens on 26 May 2017. With this change we aim to act on our political-aesthetical intentions and face their urgencies with “working for the commons” as the guiding imperative for all Casco operations.
The LUNÄ Talk: Triangular Trade - Cotton will concentrate on the influence of cotton production and trade in relation to the abolition of slavery and colonisation / decolonisation, both historically and as an ongoing influence on contemporary global economy. With: Helen Elands (Art Historian), Wouter Elsen (Film- and Photo Journalist), Dr. Patricia Fara (Historian of Science), Remy Jungerman (Artist), Karin Lurvink (Researcher on Dutch Republic transatlantic slave-based activities), Prof. Dr. Eric Vanhaute (Prof. Economic and Social History and World History), Maarten Vanden Eynde (Artist) and Marjolijn Dijkman (Artist).
Invited contributors: Prof. Sven Beckert (author of ‘Empire of Cotton, A Global History’ / Harvard University, US ), Prof. Peter Pels (anthropologist, Leiden University, NL), Christine Chivallon (anthropologist and directrice de recherche au CNRS, FR), Helen Elands (art historian, independent researcher, UK), Alioum Moussa (artist, CM), Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde (artist and co-hosts, BE).
The phrase "Why Not Ask Again" is a bid, and a query, whose ascending, joyously twisting arc embraces the maneuvers, disputations and stories that contain and encode the turbulences and transports of our time. A listener eavesdropping on deep space walks out of the pages of the recent science fiction novel written in Chinese, The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. A wanderer steps out into the deep time of eternity and the straight path of a police bullet in the terminal sequence of the picaresque Bengali film Jukti, Takko aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story) from 1974 by Ritwik Ghatak. They embody the spirit of a mobile triangulation between reason, intuition and the fabulous that the Biennale seeks to discover, transmit, and learn from. Chief curators - Raqs Media Collective.
In 2017, Artefact looks at the Act of Magic. From poetry to strategy, from magical object to obscure systems, from harmless distraction to manipulation: the artists in The Act of Magic investigate what enchants us today. With: Troika, Verena Friedrich, Jens Brand, Eric Arnal Burtschy, Marjolijn Dijkman, Suzanne Treister, Centre for Tactical Magic, Shana Moulton, Melanie Bonajo, Tim Etchells, Jonathan Allen, Hollington & Kyprianou, Liz Magic Laser, Goldin+Senneby, Femke Herregraven, Tobias Revell, RYBN.org, and BCL.