Vittorio Iervese

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Vittorio Iervese is Professor in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

He conducted research on visual culture, visual sociology, cultural design, festival studies, conflict management, intercultural communication, social participation, sociology of childhood. His latest researches are on the use of still and moving images to build narrative memories (SHARMED. Shared Memory and Dialogue) and a study on new digital platforms for audiovisual and culture (CLAP – Cultural Lab Platforming). Since 2017 he is President of Festival dei Popoli – Istituto Italiano per il Film di Documentazione Sociale, with which he collaborated since 2007 in the programming of the competition and for which he curated several sections and retrospectives. He is the director of the advanced course in Digital Humanities (Dhialogue) and the Festival of interactive and immersive transmedia narratives (VRMF – Virtual Reality Movie Festival)

Secondment destination:
Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.
February 2023

SPACEX Training Event 3: Summary Report by Emma Mahony

There’s an Irish seanfhocial or old saying that goes ‘Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na ndaoine’. The English translation is ‘we live in each other’s shadow’. In other words, we rely on and need each other. Therefore, to survive the permacrisis that we and our planet faces, we must find new ways, or rediscover old ways, of living and being together. This overarching issue of our interdependence on each other, on other non-humans and on the planet shaped this two day symposium, and it also underscores the remit of the SPACEX research action.

The growing interest in commoning today comes from dissatisfaction, and often deep despair, with the status quo and the manner in which it suppresses social life. Unlike social movements that engage in protests actions from within the hegemonic coordinates of the neoliberal state, commoning is prefigurative. In other words, it seeks to create this better and more equitable future by actively testing out ‘in an embryonic way’ a world beyond capitalism. Commoners experiment with new collective and collaborative forms of living and being together, and by shaping new radical political subjectivities based around interdependence, mutuality and radical care. An essential component of the commons is the will to remain open to all. A commons can only continue to function as a commons as long as it remains open to all newcomers.

Over the course of the two days we discussed how artists, communities and cultural organisations variously engage in commoning practices and practices of radical care. We considered the differences between communities in the Global South that practice commoning as a means of escaping the ‘unlivable live’ neoliberalism has crafted, and how artists, academics and community organisations in the Global North internalise commoning strategies in their day-to-day lives and operations; and whether publicly funded organisations and artistic practices can be considered as commons?

Day 1 kicked off with An Introduction to Behavioural Economics by Kevin Denny (UCD SPACEX researcher). In this session, Denny discussed how psychological insights help explain economic decision making. He also touched on some of the key ideas that shape the field of behavioural economics including bounded rationality, heuristics, and the implications for pro-social behaviour that arise in terms of the ‘problems’ of the commons.

Session 2 saw the participants playing the cooperative boardgame World of Work designed and hosted by Michelle Browne (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD).

Working in teams of 6, the players worked together to deal with external forces, tech innovations and societal changes that assist or reduce job creation in a town like St Helens in the North of England. The aim of the game was to gather a number of social benefits such as housing, sustainable environment and basic income, to improve the lives of those who live in the town.

After lunch on Day 1 (provided by Luncheonette, a long term art project centred around hospitality and food, started by the artist Jennie Moran in 2013), Paul O’Neill (SPACEX Researcher, University College Dublin) led a discussion based workshop that focused on Counter-Mapping the Materiality of the Internet in Dublin City. Working in two groups, the participants critically reflected on our relationship with networked technologies, while considering more sustainable ways of communicating.

Session 4 was a walking tour of Dublin’s ‘The Liberties’ led by Seoidín O’Sullivan (SPACEX researcher NCAD) and Anthony Freeman an artist, beekeeper and community worker who co-founded In Our Shoes is an award winning walking tour charity.

After supper, the participants moved onto Project Arts Centre for a tour of the exhibition Being Horizontal / Sínte (curated by Nora Heidorn). The tour was led by Sara Greavu (SPACEX Researcher, Project Arts Centre). In contrast to the standard enlightenment representation of the human body as a singular, upright, able-bodied man, gazing forward, this group exhibition paid caring attention to reclined bodies and to bodies inclined towards each other, favouring a model of the human as interdependent and reliant.

The evening ended with a Performance of Manifest also at Project Arts Centre, which forms part of What Does He Need?  – a long term collaborative project by Fiona Whelan (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD), Brokentalkers, Rialto Youth Project and a Dublin city network of individuals and organisations.

Manifest was a frank and unflinching performance exploring the current state of masculinity. Taking the form of a workshop, a group of men were facilitated in a conversation about what it means to be a man.

The second day, which saw the symposium opening out attendance to NCAD staff and students and invited guests, began with Theories of Commoning. This event interrogated some of the ‘theories of commoning’ that emerge in the writings of two contemporary theorists of the commons. Stavros Stavrides (SPACEX Researcher, LUC) explored the ‘Emancipatory Potentialities of Urban Commoning’ with a focus on Latin America’, and Gary Hall (SPACEX Researcher, CU) interrogated ‘The Commons as Coming Together of Those with Nothing in Common’.

This was followed by Elevenses for the “Hungry Months” hosted by Gareth Kennedy (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD), and Students from NCAD FIELD. Since 2020, Gareth has been charged with running the Studio+ NCAD FIELD module in a derelict brown field site beside the College which is in the process of being reappraised as a Novel Ecology. FIELD students served the participants pancakes cooked on a reclaimed manhole cover over a camp fire and also offered tours of the site.

The third event of the day saw participants move to NCAD Gallery for Principles of Space Detection a

performance by Irina Gheorghe that focused on how processes of obstruction, deception and camouflage shape interactions between members of the same social group, and between a society and what it perceives as alien to it. This event was curated by Anne Kelly (SPACEX research, NCAD)

After lunch, Susanne Bosch led The 60 min Commoning ParKour: An embodied commoning experience in the concourse at NCAD. The ParKour involved “seeing” and experiencing the environment in a new way and imagining the possibilities for movement in, with and around it.

The afternoon sessions focused on Commoning as Care Practices. Part 1 saw representatives of cultural organisations Rosie Lynch, Callan Workhouse Union, and Siobhan Geoghegan, Common Ground discuss the role that cultural organisations embedded in local communities play in the development of inclusive and empowered communities capable of producing collective responses to issues of spatial and social justice, care, housing development, climate change, ecology and the urban environment.

Part Two explored how the practices of artist’s Evelyn Broderick, The People’s Shed and Fiona Whelan (SPACEX researcher, NCAD) are embedded in local communities and they role they play in the development of inclusive and empowered communities. The People’s Shed, established by Broderick during her residency in studio 468, is a space for the sharing of skills and social knowledge through collective making. Dr. Fiona Whelan’s practice explores and responds to systemic power relations and inequalities through long-term cross-sectoral collaborations with diverse individuals, groups and organisations.

The symposium drew to a close with an introduction to Our Table by Ellie Kisyombe, co-founder, who discussed  how thi ssocial enterprise focuses on producing an inclusive community through multi-cultural food and campaigning to end direct provision in Ireland. This was followed by a delicious feast laid on by Our Table whileparticipants in The People’s Shed led a live Trad music session

Daniel Peltz

Uniarts Helsinki, Finland

Daniel Peltz is an artist and Professor of Time and Space Arts with a specialization in Site and Situation Specific Practices at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. He is also the co-founder of the long-term, place-based research project, Rejmyre Art Lab’s Center for Peripheral Studies.

Through public projects, performances and media installations, Peltz’ artworks explore complex social systems, attempting to provoke ruptures in the socio/cultural fabric through which new ways of being may emerge and be considered. To accomplish these goals, he uses a range of intervention, ethnographic and performance strategies. His projects often take the form of existing social behaviours, systems or protocols to directly engage non-art audiences in the language of critical art practice.

Secondment destination:
Kunstverein am Rosa–Luxemburg–Platz, Berlin, Germany

Talk to the Land: The practice of Commoning and Real Montage in the work of the Partisan Social Club. Wednesday 22nd March 2023, 5–6.30pm GMT

Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan (Partisan Social Club) in conversation with art historian Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes to reflect upon their recent exhibition, entitled Talk to the Land at SIRIUS.

Talk to the Land explored three aspects of commoning: landlordism; how to practice a culture-led recommoning of cities; and utopian settlements in South-West Ireland. Partisan Social Club (PSC) examines alternative modes of community building arising from cooperative proposals and experiments advanced by the eighteenth-century Irish, Cork-based philosopher William Thompson. 

The event will include the launch and screening of the film, Collective Nouns II Reflections on Commoning (3mins). The film was produced in conjunction with SIRIUS and includes several contributions from friends, colleagues, and people the PSC met while at SIRIUS.

Talk to the Land is PSC’s first solo show in Ireland. It was developed through multiple residencies at SIRIUS across 2022, following dialogue initiated in 2020. Talk to the Land was curated by Miguel Amado, director of SIRIUS, and produced by SIRIUS.

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Margot Mecca

Festival dei Popoli – Istituto italiano per il film di documentazione sociale ETS (Italy)

Margot Mecca is a researcher, programmer and producer working mainly in the field of creative documentary. She works at Festival dei Popoli since 2011, she’s currently a member of the selection committee and Head of Doc at Work Future Campus, an initiative dedicated to emerging talents in documentary filmmaking. She collaborates, in different roles, with several film festivals around Europe (FIDMarseille, Visions du Réel, Majordocs).

She holds a PhD in Geography from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; she has been a post-doctoral researcher at Universitat Pompeu Fabra from 2019 to 2023. Her research interests focus on urban public space, gender, youth and the use of cinema in ethnographic research.

Secondment destination:
University of Applied Arts Vienna, March 2023

Gary Hall

Coventry University UK

Gary Hall is media theorist and experimental writer, editor and publisher. He works (and makes) at the intersections of digital culture, politics and technology. He is Professor of Media at Coventry University, UK, where he directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. He is the author of a number of books including, most recently, A Stubborn Fury: How Writing Works In Elitist Britain (Open Humanities Press, 2021), Pirate Philosophy (MIT Press, 2016) and The Uberfication of the University (Minnesota UP, 2016). In 1999 he co-founded the critical theory journal Culture Machine, an early champion of open access in the humanities. In 2006 he co-founded Open Humanities Press (OHP), the first open access publishing house explicitly dedicated to critical and cultural theory, which he co-directs. His work can be found at

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Teresa Cos Rebollo

Van Abbemuseum, NL

Teresa Cos Rebollo studied Art History in the University of Barcelona and Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship in Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 2019 she has worked in the Van Abbemuseum where, as assistant curator, has coordinated several projects and exhibitions, including: The Otolith Group Xenogenesis (2019-2023), Parallel Lives, Parallel Aesthetics: Gülsün Karamustafa & León Ferrari (2021-2022), and the Decolonial Summer School 2020-2023.

She is currently working on a research project and collaboration (since 2020) that will develop into an upcoming exhibition called Soils (opening on June 2024) dealing with issues around land use, farming, extractivism and exploring our cultural and spiritual connection to land and territory.

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Charles Esche

Van Abbemuseum, NL

Charles Esche is director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London where he works with Exhibition Studies. He is a visiting professor at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht and chair of CASCO, Utrecht.

For his secondment he will visit Dublin, Cork and Cobh. In 2023 he will investigate archives and artists that could be useful for the development of the Soils exhibition planned in 2024, dealing with topics around farming, extractivism and land use will also join the Sirius Summer School organised by Mia Lerm-Hayes from University of Amsterdam and Miguel Amado, director at Sirius Art Centre.

In June 2024 he will organise the Sirius Summer School and also spend time in Dublin with NCAD and intend to visit artists including Gerard Byrne whose work is in the Van Abbemuseum collection.

For his secondment he will visit Dublin, Cork and Cobh. In 2023 he will investigate archives and artists that could be useful for the development of the Soils exhibition planned in 2024, dealing with topics around farming, extractivism and land use will also join the Sirius Summer School organised by Mia Lerm-Hayes from University of Amsterdam and Miguel Amado, director at Sirius Art Centre.

In  June 2024 he will organise the Sirius Summer School and also spend time in Dublin with NCAD and intend to visit artists including Gerard Byrne whose work is in the Van Abbemuseum collection.

Secondment destination:
NCAD national college of Art & Design Dublin (SIRIUS, Project Arts), Summer 2023 and Summer 2024

SPACEX Training Event 3: Behavioural Economics and Commoning Practices; From Cultural Value to Social Wealth

The third SPACEX training event will take place in Dublin from 2-3 March 2023. The focus will be on behavioural economics and commoning. It is being delivered by SPACEX researchers from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in conjunction with the Geary Institute, School of Economics at University College Dublin (UCD) and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Travel to NCAD here:
Please book your accommodation in Dublin early as it can get very expensive. The areas Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Dublin 7 and Dublin 8 are within walking distance to training event venues.

This is a draft schedule which may change slightly, but starting and finishing times will remain the same.

Day 1: Thursday 2nd March

Locations: From 10.00am: Estelle Solomons Room, Grace Gifford House, National College of Art and Design John St. West Campus. John St. West, off Thomas Street, Dublin 8. From 7.00pm: Project Arts Centre, 39 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 RD45

10.00-10.30am: Registration and Coffee, Estelle Solomons Room, Grace Gifford House, National College of Art and Design John St. West Campus

10.30-11.45am: SESSION 1: Basics of Behavioural Economics, hosted by Kevin Denny (SPACEX Researcher, UCD), 

11.45am-1.00pm: SESSION 2: World of Work, Cooperative Board Game, designed and hosted by Michelle Browne (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD), 

1.00-2.00pm: Sustenance for Hungry Souls by Luncheonette,

2.00-3.30pm: SESSION 3: Participatory Practices and their Engagement with Urban and Digital Infrastructures and Systems. This discussion-based workshop will be led by Paul O’Neill (SPACEX Researcher, UCD)

3.30-3.45pm: Coffee Break

3.45-5.00pm: SESSION 4: Walking Tour of The Liberties led by Seoidín O’Sullivan (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD),; and Anthony O’Brien of In Our Shoes Walking Tours,

5.30-5.45: Jennie Moran introduces Luncheonette, a long term art project centred around hospitality and food, started by Jennie in 2013. It is a prolonged exploration into the complex alchemy of placemaking, centred around the provision of shared experiences using nourishment, shelter, comfort, warmth, light, and tone to treat places so that they feel easier for people to be in and more poetic, ,

5.45-7.00pm: Sustenance for Hungry Souls by Luncheonette, 

7.00-7.30pm: Exhibition tour of Being Horizontal / Sínte at Project Arts Centre, Led by Sara Greavu (SPACEX Researcher, Project Arts Centre)

7.45-8.30pm*: Performance of Manifest at Project Arts Centre, which forms part of What Does He Need?  – a long term collaborative project by Fiona Whelan (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD), Brokentalkers, Rialto Youth Project and a Dublin city network of individuals and organisations. &


9.00pm Move to a local pub for drinks and conversation

Day 2: Friday 3rd March

Locations: From 9.30am: Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre and NCAD Gallery, NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, D08 K521

9.30-11.15am: SESSION 1: Theories of Commoning. Speakers Stavros Stavrides (SPACEX Researcher, LUC) and Gary Hall (SPACEX Researcher, CU). Chaired by Emma Mahony (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD)

11.15am-12.00pm: Elevenses for the “Hungry Months”. Hosted by Gareth Kennedy (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD) and NCAD FIELD students

12.00-1.00pm: Principles of Space Detection. Performance by Irina Gheorghe in NCAD Gallery. Hosted by Anne Kelly (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD)

1.00-2.00pm: Sustenance for Hungry Souls by Luncheonette.

2.00-3.00pm: SESSION 2: The 60 min Commoning Parkour: An embodied commoning experience with Susanne Bosch.

3.20-4.30pm: SESSION 3: Commoning as Care Practices in the Community Part 1: Organisations, Rosie Lynch, Callan Workhouse Union; Siobhan Geoghegan, Common Ground; Ellie Kisombe, Our Tablechaired by Tom O’Dea (SPACEX researcher).

4.30-4.45pm: Coffee Break

4.45-5.45: SESSION 3 Cont. Commoning as Care Practices in the Community Part 2: Artists, Fiona Whelan (SPACEX researcher); Evelyn Broderick, A People’s Shed; chaired by Michelle Browne (SPACEX researcher).

6.00-6.20: Our Table. Ellie Kisombe introduces Our Table a social enterprise which focuses on producing an inclusive community through food and campaigning to end direct provision in Ireland. 

6.30-8.30: CLOSING SESSION: Trad Around Our Table. Event in NCAD Gallery and Foyer with a live Trad music session led by Evelyn Broderick; and sustenance by Our Table.

9.00pm: Move to local pub for drinks and foot tapping conversation

Alexandra Landré

Stroom Den Haag, the Netherlands

Alexandra Landré is artistic director of Stroom Den Haag since 2021. She has been involved in a large number of national and international cultural projects, with a particular focus on innovative forms of co-creation, new commissions and audience participation. Her current research interest focus on artistic practices in the public domain which center around the relationship of conflict and conviviality, especially in the context of complex ‘hyperobjects’ like climate change and social justice. Until 2020 she was the artistic director of Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (NL) where she presented acclaimed exhibtions like Disconnection (2019/20), programmed a living collection of land art projects with artists like a.o. herman de vries, as well as artists-in-residency-programs in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fonds. In her curatorial career she has collaborated with De Appel, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Bureau Amsterdam, Synch Festival, Athens, Jindrich Chalupecky Society, Prague, Kunsthalle Muenster and Kunsthalle Wien.

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