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13 Dec. 2014

The Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook


Binna Choi and Maiko Tanaka
Contributors: Silvia Federici, Katherine Gibson and Jenny Cameron, Christina Kiaer, Doina Petrescu, and Marina Vishmidt
Design: Åbäke
Co-published: Casco, The Netherlands, and Valiz, Amsterdam
336 pages, 32 × 24 cm, softcover

The Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook is a compendium of living research developed by artists, designers, theorists, neighbors, and activists who investigate and expand the status of the home outside the narrow lens of private concerns. Inhabiting the structure of a 1960s home economics design manual, the handbook offers numerous entries that include case studies, project documentation, ephemera, analysis, and theory in the form of artistic, collective, and spatial design operations. Woven throughout the five chapters as key categories- Domestic Apparatus, Inhabitation, Work at Home, Economy to Oikos, and Neighboring and Organizing- the collection of texts and images constitutes a diverse and sometimes conflicting tapestry of domestic tactics, apparatuses of disruption, and political entanglements to spark your imagination and catalyze your own GDR practices.

The Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook develops from the Grand Domestic Revolution (GDR) project at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which still evolves in various forms, including tours and offshoots under the moniker GDR GOES ON. Informed by the late nineteenth-century material feminist views on domestic labor and their practices and proposals for spatial, architectural, and urban design that “socialized” an invisible layer of domestic activities, GDR re-valorizes the reproductive sphere of our activities and investigates existing domestic regimes.

In the interest of (in)forming society from the very inner but common sphere of the domestic realm, GDR brings together relations and tools forged between the private and public spheres, and across multiple fields. The handbook is presented as an essential companion for this movement. Whether you are a flexible worker, domestic worker, house husband, elderly caregiver, mother, activist, or student intern, we encourage you to take this book as an evocative and useful resource for an artistic, political, social, or personal “revolution” from the very place where you live and work!

Âbäke, Ask! (Actie Schone Kunsten), Agency, Sepake Angiama and Sam Causer, Matthijs de Bruijne, Ruth Buchanan, Doris Denekamp and Arend Groosman,Domestic Workers Netherlands/ FNV Bondgenoten, Domestic Worker Photographer Network, Paul Elliman with Na Kim, Hans van Lunteren, and Rob van de Steen, Andrea Francke, ifau and Jesko Fezer,Nazima Kadir, Graziela Kunsch with Vincent Wittenberg, Jort van der Laan, Chris Lee, Wietske Maas,Elsa-Louise Manceaux, Travis Meinolf, Emilio Moreno, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, Christian Nyampeta, Maria Pask, Our Autonomous Life?, Katayoun Arian, Priscilla Desert, Anja Groten, Klaar van der Lippe, Bart Stuart, Mariska Versantvoort,Maiko Tanaka, Read-in, Katerina Seda, Patricia Sousa, Xu Tan, Mirjam Thomann, Marina Vishmidt, Werker Magazine.