ince its start in 2010, Timelab works with artists in residency combined with a local makers lab community. Velocity, distance, culture, tempo, practice, language, motivation and goal-orientation were tensions brought to the surface over the past 7 years. These tensions were the driver to set up a recurrent reflection with affiliated artists.
Issue of ownership, livelihood, art institution and production topics for discussions. What would art as a commons look like today? What would be the effect on the individual, the network, the value system and the institution?
Despite the complex exercise, within these moments of reflection the roots of a new approach are taking hold. Inspired by the work of Michel Bauwens in Gent in 2017, a group of artists started a trajectory of reflection about what the residency could be within the commons and how this could be brought into practice in Timelab and elsewhere. A guiding principle that we would later describe as the contributive logic became the roots of a new perspective.