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How art and social initiatives can get along

A brief report of the event The Artist as Public Servant. Discarded Food as Commons on 9 June 2022

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, we document and report on the art works and events. This time: The Artist as Public Servant. Discarded Food as Commons. ‘If we as artists can be of service to society, why don’t we?’ It's the opening line of Alina Lupu’s publication entitled 'Subtle schemes to derail funds but by no means ... read more

Een commonsvlag wappert in de stad

Een impressie van 'ophangdag' van de commons-vlag in Amsterdam

Kunstenaar Natascha Hagenbeek ontwierp een commons-vlag, met input van talrijke commoners, denkers, vlaggendeskundigen (!), ontwerpers en collega-kunstenaars. Vorige week werd de vlag gehesen door en bij verschillende commonsinitiatieven en -plekken verspreid over Amsterdam. Het idee? 'Laten zien met hoeveel we zijn en de beweging versterken', aldus ... read more

ReUnion Society: Simulating a caring world

Explaining the basics of a complex life simulation game

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, Winne van Woerden travels along. She is observer-participant and documents and reflect on the activities and art practices. This time: Liquid Dependencies, a life simulation game where participants explore a caring society together. Five sessions of five hours in total, here you can find ... read more

Mujaawarah: on commoning and making time

A reflection on the Mujaawarah/Neighbouring conversation on 25 April

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, writer Winne van Woerden and photographer Sander van Wettum travel along. They are observer-participants and reflect – through text and image – on the art works and events. This time: Mujaawarah. It is quite a struggle to find the proper entrance of the Oude Kerk. The not-so-famous Church ... read more

Een kijkje in de straat als commons

Verslag van het publieksevent Open Straat op 22 april 2022

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, writer Winne van Woerden and photographer Sander van Wettum travel along. They are observer-participants and reflect – through text and image – on the art works and events. This time: Open Straat. Een paar weken geleden was ik  op ‘Open Straat’, onderdeel van het Common In-programma. De ... read more

Waarom werken we eigenlijk zo hard? En voor wie?

Een verslag van de publieksavond 'Weg met Werk' in de De Nieuwe Anita

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, writer Winne van Woerden and photographer Sander van Wettum travel along. They are observer-participants and reflect – through text and image – on the art works and events. This time, in Dutch: Weg met Werk Iedereen is moe, niemand heeft tijd. Wat betekent werk nog in een samenleving ... read more

Wat als we de grond zouden delen?

Een fotoreflectie op het publieksevent Gedeelde Grond op 2 maart

Op 2 maart was De Nieuwe Anita het decór voor de eerste editie van een serie happenings tijdens Common In: inspirerende avonden vol kunst, lekker eten en goed gesprek. Gedeelde Grond ging over de vastgelopen huizen- en grondmarkt, over de vraag welke impact dat heeft op ons leven, en over activisme en manieren om tegenkracht te bieden tegen het ... read more

“It showed the fluidity and adaptability of public space.”

Reflecting on public intervention 'Swarming the City'

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, writer Ruth Spetter and photographer Sander van Wettum travel along. They are observer-participants and reflect – through text and image – on the art works and events. This time: Swarming the City. The previous week I had fun mysteriously telling people that I would participate in an ... read more

A common flag could strenghten the movement

Co-designing a commons flag: this is how it went

 Common In is about exploring, through artistic practices, the power of the commons. For some artists, exploring means carefully investigating collective processes in the realms of care or ecology. For others, though, it means taking a more activist stance by contributing directly to the commons movement. The workshop Flying the Commons Flag, hosted by ... read more

How do the commons relate to alternative artistic practices?

A podcast by our friends at Anders Utrecht/Utrecht University

Anders Utrecht is a project by scholars from the Utrecht University. It aims to develop a network that will give visibility and strengthen the cooperation of the initiatives working towards ecological sustainability and social change in the Utrecht Region. In this edition of their podcast series, they discuss the relation between the commons and ... read more

“The performance induced discomfort. Their sticky hair could have been rain as well as sweat.”

Reflecting on art work Hosting Soil

As Common In, artists and participants travel across Amsterdam, writer Ruth Spetter and photographer Sander van Wettum travel along. They are observer-participants and reflect – through text and image – on observations and experience. This blog reflects on Hosting Soil, a performative artwork in the public spaces of South Amsterdam. On October the 30th ... read more

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