About Gat in de Markt!

On Sunday 11 September, (Un)usual Business presents the festival Gat in de Markt!, focusing on various forms of alternative economic self-organization. Together with some of the groups (Un)usual Business met in recent years, we will create an unusual marketplace where the groups will make their activities public for visitors. Let's show the rest of Utrecht what alternative economies already exist and how much fun they can be!

Besides the market, there will be a substantive program which will delve deeper into the theory of the commons and how it relates to practice. Philosopher Merijn Oudenampsen will be giving a lecture and discuss the tension between the 'Big Society' and the commons. The discussion will be moderated by researcher and Casco member Steyn Bergs.

In collaboration with artist Annette Krauss we will look at feminist perspectives on the commons, with a particular focus on the relationship between theoretical and practical approaches.

Artist Merel Zwarts will be giving a workshop for kids (age 6-11) titled Stad Vol Vlaggen - City Full of Flags. Together they will think about what they would like to see changed in their streets, neighborhood or city. These ideas are then translated into an image that will be taped on a flag. The workshop will festively end with a cheerful flag parade.

During the day there is also the possibility to bind your own book with a DIY bookbinding workshop.

Gat in de Markt! is a moment of reflection for (Un)usual Business to engage with various initiatives and visitors, and to reflect on their own practices and positions. As part of this effort, the new website and the second edition of the (Un)usual Business journal will be launched.

Download the flyer and full program here.


12:00 to 17:00
Gat in de Markt! - Unusual Marketplace
By: Weggeefwinkel Weggeefwinkel Utrecht The Weggeefwinkel aims for a society that is not about owning more and more stuff, money or competition, but about working together, and where sharing creates enough for everyone. The Weggeefwinkel celebrates the differences between people, and it is exactly these differences that make the ... , VOKO Utrecht VOKO Utrecht VOKO Utrecht is a food collective in Utrecht, accessible to all Utrechters. VOKO aims to make fresh, organic and locally produced food available at a fair price and to create a green community with close ties between farmers and consumers. All tasks are performed by ... , FabLab Amersfoort FabLab Amersfoort FabLab Amersfoort is an open workspace with digital / computer controlled tools such as a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and CNC milling cutter. FabLab Amersfoort is a bottom-up grassroots FabLab. Four artists decided to take matters into their own hands and not wait ... , Casco Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory Casco is an open and public space for artistic research and experiments. We consider artistic practice as a way of engaging with the world we live in and as an investigative, imaginative, and inventive practice. The artistic practices we focus on are cross-disciplinary, open to ... , de Rooie Rat, Taste Before You Waste Taste Before You Waste Utrecht Taste Before You Waste is originally an Amsterdam-based initiative that was founded in November 2012, focusing on the prevention of food waste. Their aim is to raise awareness about the enormous amount of good food that is thrown away every day and to inform people ... & (Un)usual Business (Un)usual Business (Un)usual Business is an enthusiastic group of commoners, that grew out of a collaboration between Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory and Kritische Studenten Utrecht. We are organized as a collective, which means we function non-hierarchically and make decisions consensually. We rely on ...

12:00 to 17:00
Social Cohesion aka. Bookbinding Glue
WALK-IN bookbinding station by designers Anja Groten and Karoline Swiezynski

Presentation at 14:30

12:30 to 12:45
Openings talk by (Un)usual Business and launching the website and latest journal edition

13:00 to 14:30
Lecture: ‘Waarom de participatiesamenleving een conservatief project is. (En wat dat betekent voor zelforganisaties.) Waarom de participatiesamenleving een conservatief project is Merijn Oudenampsen ’ By Merijn Oudenampsen, Moderator: Steyn Bergs (Dutch)

15:30 to 17:00
Feminist Perspectives on the Commons with Annette Krauss (English)

15:30 to 17:00
A city full of flags
Children's workshop by Merel Zwarts