Designing Economic Cultures is a research project that sets out to investigate the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects.

The fundamental question the project poses is:
how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market?  Read more ›

Construction site for non-affirmative practice

Constructive Dismantling

My Castle Is Your Castle

A matter of organisation

A matter of organisation
Where to settle between self-management and self-organisation?
What inspiration can we draw from organisational formats that are out there?
How can we organise collectively to be more resilient?

Valeria Graziano, Ph.D candidate at Queen Mary, University of London, at the School of Business and Management. With her research she wants to reframe the convivial character of action as a moment of the instituent/institued cycle. Using the approach of institutional analysis, she examines the development of formats of encounters in artistic practices, in pedagogy and in political organising.


– management as a means of control;
– self-management as a means to keep us productive;
– management through culture: you identify with the company;
– all goes as long as you give results;
– self vs. management;
– we are in self-management mode when we feel we are never good enough;
– self-management is about an economy of debt;
– what makes our identities?;
– self-organising as an approach to do things differently;
– how do you imagine your ‘success’? How do you imagine its trajectories?
– how real is the enjoyment when we are induced to like it?
– saying ‘no’ collectively;
– becoming reflexive practitioners;

eipcp – European Institute for progressive cultural policies

A Grammar of the Multitude by Paolo Virno
Common Notions (Part 1) and Common Notions (Part 2), two articles on militant research by Marta Malo de Molina