Monopoly of art objects and subjects



My dear colleagues,

Tomorrow I’m proposing a collective practice and since I’ve noticed we are a group that enjoys to play games, we will be playing the Monopoly. It will not be the classic Monopoly but a Monopoly of Art Objects & Subjects (… help me to find a more suitable tittle).

The monopoly is a game that have marked my childhood with notions about the way how capital circulates and how value is attributed to properties, entities, objects and subjects. Monopoly is the game that reveals  how these get trapped in a machine of eternal speculation.

In this game I’ve recreated a system where art is attributed a value in a constant  motion and change. Either inflating or recessing, it ’contaminates´ all of its surroundings with prestige and shame, beauty and ugliness, decoration and plainness, obedience and nonconformity, all these are at play.  Art has been always responsible for triggering experimentation, for purposing other perspectives of morals and belief, for challenging social taboos and executing senseful utopias. Nevertheless, the machine which apparently supports visionary approaches, shackles the collective creative flow by categorizing as a practice of control filtered throughout a system of value with capitalistic contours.   Through my artistic research I’m concerned in unveiling such operations and expose certain contradictions of the society of the spectacle towards the role of the artist..

In this game you will be invited to play various roles, such as the role of the artist, the art entrepreneur, and the role of the spectator.

Since I’ve never played this version of the game myself, I’m pretty sure we will be surprised with some flaws in the rules, what will hopefully induce us to have interesting discussions and debates about the system we are interacting with. Only one thing I’m sure, I guarantee an afternoon with meaningful contents  and lots of fun, hoping you can all participate despite the short notice.


Tomorrow Wednesday the 23th, from 2pm (…until we had enough)…

Soft drinks can aid in the success of the game, bring your owns, some will be provided.


It will be good to receive a feed-back of your attendance in advance if possible, to better prepare the game set.


Looking forward to jumping on the human size board with you!


Meanwhile I leave you with a taught from the giant John Baldessari, which believes that every young artist should know 3 things: 1 – talent is cheap; 2 – you have to be possessed which you can’t will; 3 – be at the right place at the right time. 





come prepared but unproduced, Milieu-does’t-end-week

Dear Everyone

Based on the last Pizza meeting in Milieu I would like to propose an agenda for the end-week. I hope it reflects the common vision of this week.
For those who could not join these meetings I try to recap the state of our decisions:
After the HWD’s we decided to use the end-week to continue Milieu at paf and to try to transpose the Milieu practice into the form of printed matter. The end-week shall be one big printing ‘machine’.
‘come prepared, but unproduced’ 
In the weeks before the end-week we prepare ourselves and our material to be able to produce ONE common printed matter in the end-week. The format of this printed matter is not yet decided. It might be one or more posters, a book, a journal, a box with different prints and booklets, or else.
We only decided that individual contributions should not be bigger then A3, and that we work in black and white.
This means, you should be very clear upon the material you want to take with you to paf. Collect material from your Milieu practice, which enables yourself and the others to create  – in one week (!!) – an interesting products on paper.
We will take all printing facilities we have at a.pass with us and we will rent one or two copy machines from the area. Technical devices form your personal stock you want provide to everyone has to be on Monday 28th in the morning at a.pass!!!
In the end-week all the dedicated mentors and coordinators are available to discuss, critique and support the production of your printed matters. Either you or them can propose frameworks and forums of mentoring and developing content and printed products.
In order to organise this ‘free zone’ we propose a daily morning meeting (conference rédactionnelle) from 10 – 11am where the schedule of the day shall be managed.
Beside that we would like to give you all a 45min – 1h time slot, to put your research and your Milieu practice in the focus of everyone. You can use the printing machine and the printed matter for the presentation of the state of your research at the end of Milieu, or you can use the time and us to activate the machine with your material in order to advance your printed matter and your research.
We will close the end-week on saturday with an editorial meeting where we will look at the products of one week and decide upon the format, layout and structure of this common printed matter.
Milieu post-production
After the end-week a period of reflection starts. Everyone is entitled to reflect upon the Milieu using and commenting the common printed matter. In this period, only writing and using colours is allowed.
This period shall be closed with the beginning of the next block. After that the common printed matter and the reflecting material will go into an final editing and lay outing procedure in order to make a publishable issue of it. In this period you will be invited to collaborating meetings, but the final work will be done between the designer, Elke and Pierre, as it happens now with the Score Generator.
Schedule of the End-week
In order to give most time and space to the printing procedures, we want to minimise the rest of the program we normally go through.
Monday 28th 
10.00 (at a.pass!!)
Meeting next block – Vladimir Miller only can be there for on this day.
Discussion the House, Spaces as mentors, and the other workshops.
14.00 : Packing for paf.
15.30 : at latest leaving to paf.
ca. 18.00 : arriving and immediately installing the printing rooms.
ca. 20.30 : print-launch-dinner-party (thanks to Samah and Philippine)
Tuesday 29th
10.00 : 1st editorial meeting
11.00 – 17.00: running the printing machine (individual lunch break)
11.00 – 13.00: Coordinator mentoring (Elke + 3 participants, and Nicolas + 3 Participants)
17.00 : focus on individual research / presentations.
3-4 slots; please inscribe in the google calendar!
20.30 : Dinner & Printer’s Party!! (Samah and Philippine)
Wednesday 30st
10.00 : 2nd editorial meeting
11.00 – 17.00 : running the printing machine (individual lunch break),
09.00 – 17.00 : Mentor’s day in parallel
(mentors meet with coordinators and are not available for mentoring)
17.00 : focus on individual research / presentations. 3-4 slots
20.30 : Dinner.
Thursday 31st
07.00 – 10.00 Celebration of Orla’s 1st Birthday (hopefully under the observation of the Dep. of Porridge!)
10.00 : 3rd editorial meeting
11.00 – 17.00: running the printing machine (mentors are available) (individual lunch brake)
11.00 – 13.00: Coordinator mentoring (Elke + 3 participants, and Nicolas + 3 Participants)
17.00 : focus on individual research / presentations. 3-4 slots
20.30 : Dinner.
Friday 1st
10.00 : 4th editorial meeting
11.00 – 17.00: running the printing machine (mentors are available) (individual lunch break)
11.00 – 13.00: Coordinator mentoring (Elke + 3 participants, and Nicolas + 3 Participants)
17.00 : focus on individual research / presentations. 3-4 slots
20.30 : Dinner.
Saturday 2nd
10.00 – 13: focus on individual research / presentations. 3 slots
13.00 : Lunch
14.00 – ca.20.00: Final Editorial Meeting: deciding upon form and structure of the printed matter and common evaluation of the Milieu block.
20.30 : Dinner. ..and what ever is needed to finish the end-week.
 Sunday 3rd

printing, publishing, folding

Robin Kinross, A4 and before: Towards a long history of paper sizes

We will be looking at sheets of paper, and at folded sheets of paper. The factor of folding is one of the fundamental considerations I want to keep in mind. One might suggest that it is within the nature of a sheet to be folded. This is after all one of the ideas behind the codex-form, the common book form. (…) I want to suggest, tentatively, another fundamental consideration: as well as being folded, the destiny of a sheet is to be cut, and it may be that we make sheets of a certain size, knowing that they will be cut to a smaller size.

Matthew Fuller, Interview with a photocopier

A: So why this interview? It’s supposed to be a mistake to view technologies as having human qualities. Anthropomorphism is a conceptual sin remember …
Q: Look, a little more in the way of the silent. Stop talking. People talk to machines.
A: LCD Screen Reads ‘OK’. Ready To Copy. Shows Green Light on copier control panel.
Q: It is the operator that is supposed to get something out of you. Now repeat after me. Repeat after me, ‘I’m just a copier’.

John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid: The Social Life of Information

The purely mechanical is rarely so pure. There’s a story told of a typesetter working on a Greek text at the Oxford University Press who announced he’d found a mistake in the text. As the typesetter couldn’t read Greek, his colleagues and then his superiors dismissed his claim. But the man insisted. So finally an editor came down to the compositing room. At first, she, too, dismissed the idea, but checking more closely, she found there was an error. Asked how he knew, the typesetter said he had been hand picking letters for Greek texts for most of his professional life and was sure that he’d never made the physical move to pick the two letters in that order before.

Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour decides what’s in and what’s out of Vogue’s September Issue

Fathers of the Internet


Annotated media selection:
Raw media:

Alex Wright: Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age

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With contributions by Michel Cleempoel, Yves Bernard, Martino M, Natacha Roussel, Renee Turner, Jara Rocha, Seda Guerses, Marcell Mars, Robert M. Ochshorn, Shinjoung Yeo

The Groom of the Stool – diary of digested or non digested practices




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The Groom of the Stool (formally styled: “Groom of the King’s Close Stooll“) was the most intimate of an English sovereigns’ courtiers. The Groom of the Stool, in the very earliest times was responsible for assisting the King in the performance of the bodily functions of excretion and ablution, whilst maintaining an aura of royal decorum over the proceedings.This physical intimacy naturally led to him becoming a man in whom much confidence was placed by his royal master and with whom many royal secrets were shared as a matter of course. This secret information he was privy to—whilst it would never have been revealed, to the discredit of his honour—in turn led to him becoming feared and respected and therefore powerful within the royal court in his own right.

How does your practice digested by a foreing body looks like?  – wednesday 16 july – 10 – 13:30h workshop Gosie