Summer School - Commonism

September 24-29.2018 - Venice

With contributions from theorists, designers and artists, this research seminar will interrogate the commons as an ideology—an aesthetic of the real—as a means of giving shape to society and our contemporary human condition. With an understanding of aesthetics as ‘the art of thinking beautifully,’ a way of seeing a better, more beautiful world, this seminar will learn from the reciprocal commons movements by asking questions such as: how is the commons constituted in society, how does it shape our reality of living together, and what strategies and aesthetics do artistic commoners use?

(Recetas Urbanas ‘Insect House’)

Commonism contributors


Tutors and contributors:

Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, STS scientist (UK), Kyle Branchesi, architect (USA), Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas), architect (Spain), Tinna Grétarsdôttir, anthropologist (Iceland), Sigurjôn Baldur Hafsteinsson, anthropologist (Iceland), Monica Hutton, architect (USA), Brandon LaBelle, sound artist (Germany), Hannes Lárusson, artist (Iceland), Eric Kluitenberg, media theorist (the Netherlands), Chus Martinez, curator (Switzerland), Toni Negri, philosopher (Italy), Dimitris Papadopoulos, sociologist (UK), Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou (AAA), architects (France), Natasa Petresin, curator (France/Slovenia), Francois Roche, architect (France), Marco Scotini and Andris Brinkmanis, curators (Italy), Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir, architect (Iceland), Rirkrit Tiravanija, artist (Thailand), Judith Wielander & Matteo Lucchetti (Visible), curators (Italy), Gary Zhexi Zhang, artist (UK)


The Swamp School, curated by Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
Giardino Bianco Art Space - Castello, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy