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Commonism



After half a century of neoliberalism, the contours of a new, radical, practice-oriented ideology become visible: commonism, with an o in the middle. Commonists assume that social relationships can replace money-based (contract) relationships. They advocate solidarity and they believe that peer-to-peer relationships will spawn new modes of production and new relationships of production.
Commonism maps out this new ideological body of thought. How do the commons work, and what are their aesthetics? How does commonism shape the reality of our coexistence? Is a different, fairer future possible through the commons? What strategies do followers of commonism employ? This book explores this new political belief system through theoretical analysis, wild artistic speculation, inspiring examples from the arts, near-empirical observations and critical reflection.

Editors: Nico Dockx, Pascal Gielen
Contributions: Walter van Andel, Michel Bauwens, Giuliana Ciancio, Maria Francesca De Tullio, Nico Dockx, Futurefarmers, Lara Garcia, Harry Gamboa Jr., Pascal Gielen, 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, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Louis Volont, Judith Wielander
Design: Metahaven
Series : Antennae
2018, Valiz | supported by  ARIA, Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, University of Antwerp , Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp / Artesis Plantijn , Culture Commons Quest Office, University of Antwerp  | 448 pp. | 21 x 13.5 cm (hxw) | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-47-3

Commonist Aesthetics

With Commonist Aesthetics, the editorial team Binna Choi (Casco), Sven Lütticken, Jorinde Seijdel (Open!)  introduces “the idea of commonism” – not communism – as a topic that various writers and artists will explore and expand upon in the course of this series. Commonist aesthetics pertain to the world of the senses, or a “residually common world” that is continuously subject to new divisions, new appropriations, and attempts at reclamation and re-imagining.

School of Commons

is a growing network of local schools offering a modular series of workshops using tools for commoning


Commons Network