Inland Volume: Publishing Class V
Fernando García-Dory, Sanne Oorthuizen
- Dutch Art Institute
- ISBN: 978-2-8399-0955-6
- 453 pages, 400 copies
- Softcover, black and white
- 23.5 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm
Publishing Class V: INLAND aims to understand the formulation of post-capitalist ways of living together and the politics of representation as a cultural strategy for empowerment. These issues are viewed through the lens of land, the countryside, the rural, and the commons; associated practices will be mediated and connected through publishing.
The course is allied with INLAND (since 2010), a mobile para-institution García-Dory set up to examine the role of territories, geopolitics, culture, and identity between city and countryside, art and agriculture. The course is furthermore connected to (Un)usual Business, Casco’s long-term inquiry into “community economies” which aims to bring hidden or undervalued economies and commoning practices to light (for more info on INLAND and (Un)usual Business click on the links below).
As the economic, environmental, and cultural model in which we live continues to collapse, people across the world are starting to realize that the lifestyle, dictated to them by capitalist governance, is no longer (and for many, never has been) fulfilling, meaningful, or even viable. The need to learn from historical resistance subjects and “commoning” practices (like the collective management of resources by peasant or indigenous communities) is therefore a worthwhile venture. Activist and theoretician Silvia Federici describes the commons as follows:
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.
DAI Publications was founded in 2003 by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Head of Program at the DAI, where the Werkplaats Typografie was invited as an initial partner. The DAI and the Werkplaats Typografie, both located in Arnhem, are Master’s programs at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, one of the major arts universities in the Netherlands. Since its inception around 100 artists’ books have been published. Until 2011 an annually appointed collection editor supervised the series. From 2010 on, Casco developed a regular curriculum within the DAI structure, resulting in Publishing Class.