42. Taking The Matter Into Common Hands : On Contemporary Art And Collaborative Practices

In preparation for the next CONNECTION Lecture Series Speakers, Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese and their lecture “50 Different Minds: Art and Design in the Age of Crowdsourcing,” the library has been thinking about collaborations between artists and the political implications of such undertakings–especially since the collaborative interdisciplinary art team of Ligorano/Reese are well known for producing collaborative works that examine how such endeavors specifically impact social and political systems.

We’re extremely excited to hear more about what this artist team has to say about this topic. If you’re interested, we encourage you to attend the talk. It will be held Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Marion L. Miller Gallery in the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building (1219 SW Park Avenue).  It’s not to be missed!

What we find particularly interesting is the recent resurgence in collaboration in the art world, and, this week’s library pick, Taking The Matter Into Common Hands : On Contemporary Art And Collaborative Practices, addresses this issue from the inside out. It raises questions about authorship and authority, and, draws together essays from leaders in the field of collaborative art practice. As the editors note, “focusing on working conditions for artists and on collaborative initiatives with activism at their heart, the writing takes a personal, interpretive view of the subject” (jacket). Readers can learn about the motives, the history, and working methods of artists in this field from around the world. The stories are personal, inspiring, prophetic, and, often times, not without strong social and political implications.

Artists, curators, and writers in this book include: Maria Lind, Katharina Schlieben, Brian Holmes, Alex Foti, Andreas Gustavsson, Marysia Lewandowska, the SHAHRZAD Collective, Tirdad Zolghadr, Marc Neelen and Ana Dzokis, Marion von Osten, the Copenhagen Free University, Anton Vidokle (founder of e-flux), Farida Heuck, Ralf Homann and Manuela Unverdorben, Jakob Jakobsen and Simon Sheikh, IKK, Emma Reichert, Camilla Backman, Camilla Palm, B+B, Åbäke, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, and Nav Haq.


5 thoughts on “42. Taking The Matter Into Common Hands : On Contemporary Art And Collaborative Practices

  1. this looks really really good–will you be following up with a podcast or something along those lines? The book you mention is avail on amazon but not our local library system, alas.

  2. Looks good, thanks for this piece. Will have a hunt for a copy as soon as time allows it!

    You might also be interested in “Conversation Pieces” by Grant H. Kester (http://books.google.ie/books/about/Conversation_pieces.html?id=IDbURYIGnHQC&redir_esc=y) – it’s an interesting ride down the recent history of collaborative process that has taken me over completely at the minute.

    “Collaborative” seems to be the buzz-word of our current time, and I think it’s no bad thing at all.

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