The collective common-place was born from a series of lectures, discussions, screenings, and lunches with the same name organized by artist collective Mahony in collaboration with Irene de Craen in Berlin between Wed 18th –Sat 21st of July 2018.
This first event (and title) was inspired by the writings of poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011) – in particular his concept of the ‘poetics of relation’. His book with the same title defines poetics not just as poetry, but as a way of imagining, living, and acting upon the world and translation as relation. The encounter in Berlin was therefore envisioned as a ‘common-place’ in Glissant’s terms. For Glissant, common-places (lieu-commun) are not made of preconceived opinions, but are ‘places in progress’ where one idea about the world meets another one, and where by questioning our own creative collaboration we get to see the role we have in the configuration of a truly common world.
Due to destructive capitalist systems and attitudes, the collective is currently roaming.