Commonism: A New Aesthetics of the Real
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A new ideology in the making, "commonism" focuses on the reciprocating movements of the commons (i.e., the cultural and natural resources accessible to and held by all members of a society).
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.
After half a century of neoliberalism, leftist thinkers are increasingly excited about the possibilities of holding and sharing resources in common. But how are the commons constituted in society? How do they shape the reality of our living together? What artistic strategies and what aesthetics do commoners adopt?
Exploring Commonism attempts to map these new ideas in reflections from acclaimed artists, architects, collectives, activists and theorists such as Walter van Andel, Michel Bauwens, Giuliana Ciancio, Futurefarmers, Lara Garcia, Harry Gamboa Jr., 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 and Judith Wielander.
Edited by Nico Dockx and Pascal Gielen
Designed by Metahaven
Published by Valiz, 2018
Softcover, 448 pages, 40 b&w images, 5.25 × 8.25 inches