About

Beyond Property is a suite of tools guiding inquiry into the proposition that property is an Anthropocene technology. The collection includes a book of readings, a suite of cards for embodied exploration, and a small sculptural object: a section of barbed wire removed from an American fenceline decoupaged or “bandaged” with text from the writings from Gerrard Winstanley, the 17th century English activist-philosopher. Rooted in Quakerism, Winstanley’s True Leveller’s movement enacted a powerful critique of critique of the morality of private property at the moment of its formalization through enclosure.

Download book PDF – 37 MB

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Exhibition History

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL – “The Overflow,” October 15-November 15, 2021.

Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minneapolis, MN – “Many Waters,” July 24-October 2, 2021.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany – The Current,” October 26-November 30, 2020. Exhibition venue closed November 1 due to Covid-19.

Credit

Sarah Kanouse, Beyond Property, 2019-2021. Project began as part of Field Guides to the Anthropocene Drift, published by Field Station 2 with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Goethe Institute, Chicago.

Continued as Over the Levee, Under the Plow: An Experiential Curriculum, co-coordinated with Ryan Griffis.

Download book PDF – 37 MB

Download cards PDF – 13 MB