Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory has recently opened a new location in the museum quarter of Utrecht, the Netherlands. More than triple the size of Casco’s former space, the new complex also hosts artist studios: In De Ruimte, an open space for use by independent workers and self-organized cultural activities; and Fotodok, which focuses on documentary photography. Casco’s program is committed to artistic and social issues. They usually collaborate with a growing group of varied communities, as it is also manifested in their inaugural exhibition and series of projects: “New Habits.” After Giorgio Agamben’s recent analysis of Franciscan practices in his book Highest Poverty (2011), the focus of this aesthetic, ethic and political program is on bringing together a variety of possibilities for altering cultural habits and for forming new ones. The involved artists, architects, choreographer and other participants, including Andrea Büttner, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Tehching Hsieh, Ienke Kastelein, Sung Hwan Kim, Annette Krauss, Christian Nyampeta, Aimée Zito Lema and Yvonne Rainer, address habits that form in everyday practices such as eating, sleeping, working, playing, thinking and studying, and work around the question of how they can be altered in order to reach a new way of living together. Coinciding with the opening was “An Uncommon Festival of the Common(s),” organized by artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri around the idea of common concerns, needs and desires. Habits are, after all, “everyday expressions of unintentionally obtained and individually embodied knowledge,” as Casco states.