Collaborative Endeavors: Room for Shared Genius
"The End of the Isolated Art Genius", Tracy Featherstone
Featherstone will explore how collaborative projects and groups have changed the terrain of traditional art practice. Collaboration can get the artist out of the studio and create activism on personal and universal level. Studio work is no longer only the work of an isolated genius, but instead a chance to combine resources and exponentially effect the art audience.
"SuperGang", Denise Burge
Denise Burge, has been exploring issues of identity in her 5-part collaborative project, "SuperGang". At age 42, she is living out the classic mid-life fantasy of being a singer-songwriter. Apparently, this is a common fantasy among non-musicians, as she readily found several people with which to collaborate. Denise is working with 5 different women, of varying ages and backgrounds, each of whom embody a style and personality that she relates to in a different way. With each person, she is writing a song and creating an animated 'music video' to accompany it. In each project, Burge exaggerates some latent aspect of her own identity (in the way that 'rock stars' often do), towards a fusion with that of her collaborator. The result is 5 very different self-portraits.
"Collaborative groups verses the Institution" Matt Distel
Distel will explore the structures and functions of artist groups and collaborative, particularly as they interact with the structures and functions of institutions and galleries. The primary focus of the paper will be an examination of specific groups - such as Temporary Services, Simparch, The Institute for Applied Autonomy, TODT, 16 Beaver Group, and The Atlas Group - and their strategies and tactics. Each of these groups has adopted methodologies that enable them to expand and contract in order to solve certain problems or address different environments.
Keywords: Collaboration, Collaborative Projects, Art institution structure and practice
Assistant Professor of Art, Art Department, School of Fine Arts, Miami University
University of Cincinnati
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art