A seminar / workshop around the idea of the Common(s) with Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri



Friday Nov. 4

Saturday Nov. 5

Sunday Nov. 6

Additional Readings

This seminar is meant as an introduction and an invitation to take part in a project that hopes to involve groups, students, and residents of this region in building a Kassel Commons.

The seminar aims to define the Commons through multiple perspectives and then attempts to put all participants into a conversation on how a common project unfolding in the lead up to d(13) may provoke an imaginary toward experimentation with commoning and a collective production of a commons.

What is meant by the commons?

Which forms of commons exist or have existed in Kassel and the region?

Can dOCUMENTA 13 be used to activate and connect to commoning efforts throughout Kassel and the Hessen region?

Day 1
3:00 - 8:00 pm

part 1
Introduction to the project with AA / RG

part 2
Introductions to two notions of Common(s)

Suggested Reading:
Two Faces of the Apocalypse by Michael Hardt

Day 2
10:00 - 6:00 pm

part 3
the Commons from a Feminist Perspective

Suggested Readings:
Feminism And the Politics of the Commons
Women, Land Struggles, and the Reconstruction of the Commons

by Silvia Federici

part 4
the Commons from a Subsistence Perspective

Suggested Reading:
Defending, Reclaiming and Reinventing the Commons

by Maria Mies and Veronika Benholdt-Thomsen

part 5
Open Discussion

Day 3
10:00 - 6:00 pm

part 6
the Commons from a Neoliberal or Capitalist Perspective

Suggested Readings:
A Tale of Two Conferences: Globalization, the Crisis of Neoliberalism and Question of the Commons
The Future of 'the Commons': Neoliberalism's 'Plan B' or the Original Disaccumulation of Capital?
by George Caffentzis

part 7
Group Discussion

part 8
Final Collective Discussion


Massimo De Angelis
The Commons (from The Beginning of History: Value Struggle and Global Capital)

On the Commons: An interview with Massimo De Angelis and Stavros Stavrides

Peter Linebaugh
Two Charters (from The Magna Carta Manifesto)

David Bollier
Introduction (from Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth)

* Commoning is an action not an object. It indicates that there is something to be done together. What ideas and projects can we imagine initiating and taking part in in Kassel and elsewhere. How can we find our allies in the city and everywhere.
After Work