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COMMONISM on Venice Biennial for Architecture

Book Launch ‘Commonism. A New Aesthetics of the Real’
September 26, 6pm Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas) and Antonio Negri will launch the book ‘Commonism. A New Aesthetics of the Real’ (eds Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen, Valiz Publishers) at the Venice Biennial for Architecture (Giardino Bianco Art Space – Castello, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy).

About the book
After half a century of neoliberalism, a new radical, practice-based ideology is making its way from the margins: commonism, with an o in the middle. It is based on the values of sharing, common (intellectual) ownership and new social co-operations. Commoners assert that social relationships can replace money (contract) relationships. They advocate solidarity and they trust in peer-to-peer relationships to develop new ways of production.
Commonism maps those new ideological thoughts. How do they work and, especially, what is their aesthetics? How do they shape the reality of our living together? Is there another, more just future imaginable through the commons? What strategies and what aesthetics do commoners adopt? This book explores this new political belief system, alternating between theoretical analysis, wild artistic speculation, inspiring art examples, almost empirical observations and critical reflection.

This book was made in the context of the research project and summer school “Making public domain”. It is for sale in the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and online via Valiz


Contributions: Walter van Andel, Michel Bauwens, Giuliana Ciancio, Nico Dockx, Futurefarmers, Lara Garcia, Harry Gamboa Jr., Pascal Gielen, Liam Gillick, Eric Kluitenberg, Rudi Laermans, The Land Foundation, Sonja Lavaert, Peter Linebaugh, Matteo Lucchetti, Pat McCarthy, Antonio Negri, Hanka Otte, Recetas Urbanas, Jörn Schafaff, Stavros Stavrides, Evi Swinnen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maria Francesca De Tullio, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Louis Volont, Judith Wielander
Ontwerp: Metahaven
Serie: Antennae
2018, Valiz and ARIA, Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, University of Antwerp, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen/Artesis Plantijn, Culture Commons Quest Office, University of Antwerp
| 448 pp. | 21 x 13.5 cm (h x w) | Engels | ISBN 978-94-92095-47-3