Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Collaborative Art - IN REVISION

Last night I posted an entry about collaboration in art. Eight hours later I took it down. It annoyed even me in its self-referentialism. Additionally, to understand what I see as potential for collaboration in art making, experiential information is needed. That is harder to capture in writing. I am working on a revised version of this entry and hope to post it soon. Meanwhile, here are some links I find interesting that are on or near the topic.

An introduction to David Bohm's "On Dialogue" and the larger writing (I am not certain if that is the whole text of "On Dialogue" or not) contain a description of a collaborative process, as I see it.

Collabarts.org publishes an essay by David Barrett that says this: "...if you believe art to be about individual creative expression, you aren’t likely to take up collaborative practice, whereas if you believe that art is - for instance - a language of decipherable metaphors whose purpose is to explore aspects of contemporary society, then there is no ideological reason why you should not work collaboratively."

The website Gridcosm "...is a collaborative art project in which artists from around the world contribute images to a compounding series of graphical squares." Be sure to scroll down the page to see the images.

The Living Pulse is a collaborative sculpture that a friend in San Francisco has helped organize.

An essay called Observations on Collective Cultural Action says this: "The individual's signature is still the prime collectible, and access to the body associated with the signature is a commodity that is desired more than ever - so much so that the obsession with the artist's body has made its way into 'progressive' and alternative art networks. Even 'community art' has its stars, its signatures, and its bodies."

Beauty of Water Website