Writing "An Atlas of Commoning" in black and blue on white ground

An Atlas of Commoning; © ifa

An Atlas of Commoning

Miller ICA | Pittsburgh | 29.06.2019 – 22.09.2019 | 18.00 – 21.00

Exhibition | Facebook, Airbnb and other companies, whose business models are based on the commercialisation of social relationships, have transformed words like “community,” “sharing” or “us” into empty concepts that no longer represent solidarity or a progressive social agenda, but rather form the basis for an emerging platform capitalism. This economic development is accompanied by a global political shift fueled by traditional community notions of identity and affiliation, exclusion and discrimination.

Against this background, the exhibition and publication project “An Atlas of Commoning” aims to recapture and redefine the open and emancipatory space of “us” as a concept. The project focuses on urban commons – here commons are to be understood as a set of practices dealing with the production and management of (material and immaterial) collective resources and spaces in general, rather than with the resources themselves, hence “commoning”, the verb, takes center stage.

The starting point of the exhibition is an Atlas, a visual archive with a diverse selection of contemporary and historical case studies. The Atlas, which is being developed by ARCH+ in collaboration with the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, will consist of 30 projects related to commoning. This initial selection will be complemented with new ones, to be added in collaboration with local partners as the exhibition tours from city to city. As a result, the “Atlas of Commoning” continues to grow as an open knowledge archive, producing an invaluable documentation of local grassroots projects from all over the world.

From the Atlas, the exhibition develops along three axes of investigation, each one illustrating the tension inherent in practices of sharing. The resulting chapters are: Ownership – Access, Production – Reproduction, Right – Solidarity. Artistic works open up further access to the subject. Part of the exhibition is an edition of ARCH+ magazine that delivers a broad insight into important theoretical positions and practical examples.

Curatorial team:
Anh-Linh Ngo, Mirko Gatti, Christian Hiller, Max Kaldenhoff, Christine Rüb (ARCH+); Elke aus dem Moore (ifa); Stefan Gruber (CMU)

Research partners:
School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh and TU Berlin, Institut für Architektur, Fachgebiet Prof. Rainer Hehl

With contributions from:
Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke; Auroville; Brandlhuber+ Christopher Roth; DAAR Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency; Theo Deutinger; Eureka; FATkoehl and Christian Burkhard; Granby Workshop by Assemble; Manuel Herz; Sandi Hilal, Philipp Misselwitz, Anne Misselwitz; Kotti & Co; Kuehn Malvezzi; Angelika Levi; Golan Levin & Shawn Sims; La Maloca Tukano; NLÉ Architects; PlanBude; Prinzessinnengarten; Martha Rosler; Harald Trapp and Robert Thum, Urban Think Tank, WiLMa19, Samson Young.

The “Atlas of Commoning” also includes works by:
Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée; BARarchitekten; Campo de la Cebada; Silvia Carpaneto; Charles Fourier; Go Hasegawa and Associates; ARGE ifau and Heide & von Beckerath; Müller Sigrist Architects; Robert Owen; Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza; ReGen Villages; Rural Urban Framework; Schneider Studer Primas; STEALTH.unlimited; Zones Urbaines Sensibles; Zusammenarbeiter.

Exhibition Design: Stadelmann Schmutz Wössner Architects, Berlin

Graphic Design: Heimann und Schwantes, Berlin

An exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) in cooperation with ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism
More information: miller-ica.cmu.edu


ifa Exhibitions abroad

ifa plans and organises exhibitions of contemporary art from Germany, presenting insights into the fine arts, photography and film, and design and architecture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These exhibitions tour the world for several years and are shown in international museums all over the world. In our diverse art education programmes we link the German art scene with international artists and cultural institutions and protagonists, setting up cooperation projects and networks. Our exhibitions create local forums for encounter, open up international perspectives, and build sustained stores of knowledge. ifa also provides loans to museums for special exhibitions and presentations.


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