|Spaces of CommoningArtistic Research and the Utopia of the Everyday|
Spaces of Commoning: Artistic Research and the Utopia of the Everyday is the outcome of a research project pursued by a group of artists, architects, and social theorists. In the face of an exhilarating politics of accumulation and dispossession, the group explores commoning as the subject as well as the means of its study.
In the fall of 2010, Jessica Warboys discovered photographic portraits of dancer Hélène Vanel in the disused Bibliothèque Smith-Lesouëf, Nogent-sur-Marne. Warboys later discovered an unpublished manuscript by Vanel in the adjoining archives of the Maison nationale des artistes, a retirement home for elderly artists.The artist then translated the texts herself and condensed the drama, and thus shifted Vanel’s role from manuscript to script.