Heather Davis is a researcher and writer from Montreal. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Communication at Concordia University on the political potential of community-based art.  She explores and participates in expanded art practices that bring together researchers, activists, and community members to enact social change.
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AMASS: Towards an Economy of the Commons

By Ashley Wong

Founded in 2010, DOXA is an international research collective based in London, UK. Through an on-going project called ‘Creative Space’, DOXA facilitates cross-disciplinary dialogue through open discussion events in order to approach new visions of culture in light of the current economic crisis, globalization and the digital turn.
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Music for Spaces

By Leanne Zacharias


The 2011 BRiC workshop brought scholars and artists together to discuss and explore ways of being in common. I presented to the group on the first day and instead of speaking about commonality, I attempted to create it.
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Vulnerable Accumulation

By Paige Sarlin

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Vulnerable: from L. vulnerare “to wound;” see also verletzen (De).
Accumulation: from L. ad “in addition” + / cumulare “to heap up” from cumulus “heap, mass;” see also, die Anhäufung (De).
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The Common in the Crowd

By Cayley Sorochan

In the lead up to the 2011 Canadian federal elections, thousands across Canada participated in a wave of over fifty “vote mobs” aimed at counteracting the widespread image of apathy and disengagement of young people from the electoral process.
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Terms of Belonging

By Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh

This past spring, wave after wave of social and political change swept across Northern Africa and parts of the Middle East. After decades of undemocratic and unjust rule, the people of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya took to the streets to overthrow their respective leaders.
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La Commune

By Eleanor King and Henry Adam Svec

We initially wrote “La Commune” for the participants in the thematic residency led by Althea Thauberger (which included us, who had just met) and for the participants in BRiC. With the help of Marc Losier and Matthew MacLellan, the song was performed publicly three times: once during a brief rehearsal/busking session on the streets of Banff, once at a group show presented by our residency at The Other Gallery, and once in the middle of an impromptu dance party, which had erupted yet again in one of our studios, during BRiC’s last night in town.
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Three Conceptual Poems

By Adam Katz


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Conscience and the Common

By Imre Szeman

One of the aims of After Globalization (which I co-authored with Eric Cazdyn) is to probe mainstream liberal arguments as to where we should move from here—here being the moment after the ruling ideologies of globalization have foundered on the shoals of the 2008 global economic crisis.
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Je ne rentrerai pas

By Elske Rosenfeld

It is 1968.

Workers are gathered outside the gates of the battery factory „Wonder“ in the South of France. After the end of a strike lasting several weeks, officials have negotiated a deal.
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Edmonton Pipelines: Living Together in the Digital City

By Russell Cobb, Maureen Engel, Daniel Laforest and Heather Zwicker

What is Pipelines?

“Edmonton Pipelines” is a research cell based at the University of Alberta that is interested in bringing together urban theory, digital technologies, and deep mapping techniques in order to narrate the city of Edmonton.
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Pervasive Media, Commons and Connections: Research as Reflective Studio Practice at Banff

By Jackie Calderwood

When I arrived at Banff I’d been battling with words for several months. Now, three weeks after the end of BRiC, I am rhyming countless couplets as I sing my song with text; two 7000 word papers beneath my belt, an artist book complete, two more book outlines started, and what seems like a million tumbling post-its, pages, word files, more… So I will begin where I conclude, and conclude where I began.
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By Ayesha Hameed

Photos by Ayesha Hameed and Elske Rosenfeld

It’s no small conceit when you read Walter Benjamin’s diary on his meetings with Brecht and recognize yourself.

But that is exactly what happened to me waiting for the eleventh month for my visa to the UK to come through and looking for another project to fill my time, that I found myself in Elske’s family home in Halle.
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Remaking the Commons

By Guest Editors: Matthew MacLellan and Margrit Talpalaru

It is difficult to think of a political concept that has been as impoverished by decades of neoliberalization as “the commons.” It is has been almost four years since approximately three decades’ worth of market deregulation culminated in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and aside from the initial reverberations of a global occupation movement, centered in Wall Street, there seems to have been very little recognition that the health of any society should be measured from the ground up, not the top down.
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