Imagine yourself as a line; a line that continuously passes through, connects, overlaps, and entangles with others. A line that is part of myriad shifting diagrams which give you and those around you shape and meaning. In this compositional space, you are effectively an entanglement of relations. Entanglement, a long-term research trajectory by Casco – Office for Art Design and Theory explores “the lines that we are” as a way of visualizing and generating the commons.

Casco’s way of working is based on an ethos that values collective knowledge production, the open sharing of ideas and matter, and the joy of collaboration. As a non-profit organization for artistic research and experiment we work with artists and other cultural workers like designers, architects, curators, and writers, as well as with organizations, communities and groups, social workers, activists, and neighbors. In all our collaborations, we strive to create and sustain the commons as a viable alternative to the capitalist system. Relations are pivotal, as the statement by activist and scholar Silvia Federici (on the right) makes clear. This website provides a visual language to articulate those relations, starting from the basic assumption that we are all entangled beings-in-common. It is a web tool that will guide you (or you will guide) through a topological field where the lines that we are become diagrams of projects, ideas and methods.

We welcome you warmly to the Entanglement website. Please feel free to draw and trace, click and intra-act, and make diagrams for the commons.

Do you want to know more about Entanglement, its sources of inspiration and references? Here you are!

Inspirational quotes

  • For me the idea of the commons is that of a society built on the principle of solidarity rather than the principle of self-interest and competition. It is a society in which wealth is shared, there is collective decision-making, and production is for our wellbeing and not for monetary accumulation. So it would involve a radical change. I would not call it a take over, however. That society is still only on the horizon. But we can begin to create new types of relations. - Silvia Federici during Revolution at Point Zero, an event organized by Casco — Office for Art Design and Theory, 1 February 2013.
  • Epistemological shifts, pushed forward by the use of sophisticated technical instruments, would need to be paralleled by the deployment of radically new visual vocabularies, in order to produce a clearer understanding of contemporary symbolic relations (social roles, class divides, hierarchies) and a fresh capacity for political intervention in the postmodern world. - Brian Holmes, “Network Maps, Energy Diagrams: Structure and Agency in the Global System,” blog entry, 27 April 2007.
  • Identities are not separable, they do not intersect. Rather, identity formation must be understood in terms of the topological dynamics of iterative intra-activity. - Karen Barad, “Re(Con)figuring Space, Time, Matter,” in: Marianne Dekoven ed., Feminist Locations, Global and Local, Theory and Practice (London: Rutgers University Press, 2001), p. 99.
Curatorial statement 
A curatorial statement by Binna Choi and Sanne Oorthuizen will be available for download soon. Stay tuned!