Spaces of Commoning: Artistic Research and the Utopia of the Everyday is the outcome of a research project pursued by a group of artists, architects, and social theorists, who, in the face of exhilarating politics of accumulation and dispossession, explore commoning as the subject as well as the means of their collective study. The power of the commons, this book suggests, does not reside in the promise of a coming together free of friction. As different dimensions of power organize the terrain of the social, social movements are often caught between competing agendas, and in the gap between aims and everyday life. It is precisely the sites of these struggles that the book calls spaces of commoning. As such, this study is part of a much wider recognition of the necessity to rethink and undo the methodological premises of Western sciences, arts, and architecture, and to raise unsettling questions on research ethos, accountability, and the entanglement of power and knowledge.
ContributorsBerhanu Ashagrie Deribew, Anette Baldauf, Tesfaye Bekele Beri, Aluminé Cabrera, Silvia Federici, Elizabeth Giorgis, Stefan Gruber, Stefano Harney, Moira Hille, Mihret Kebede, Annette Krauss, Lisa Lowe, Maria Mesner, Vladimir Miller, Stavros Stavrides, Pelin Tan, Team at Casco—Office for Art, Design and Theory, Brook Teklehaimanot, Ultra-red, Mara Verlič, Hong-Kai Wang, Julia Wieger