Collaborative Endeavors: Room for Shared Genius

Tracy Featherstone,
Denise Burge,
Matthew Distel
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"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
Stream: Arts Agendas
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Tracy Featherstone

Assistant Professor of Art, Art Department, School of Fine Arts, Miami University

Tracy Featherstone is serving as an assistant professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH. A recent research grant allowed Featherstone to travel to Ghana, West Africa in order to initiate a body of sculptural work dealing with the theme of personal environment. She is currently working on two collaborative research projects that use the sculptural work as a departure point for interaction with others. These projects peaked an interest on the collaborative process and how it departs from traditional notions of art making. Featherstone earned a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and a MFA from Arizona State University. Recent scholarly and creative projects include; CAA panel presentation "Are the Recent Developments in Foundations Curriculum as Silly as They Seem?", "What Martha Stewart Doesn’t Know", Sushi Performance and Visual Art; San Diego, California, Empowering Images, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC.

Denise Burge

University of Cincinnati

Recent artistic activities include residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 1998 and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in 2003. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation award in 2005, and has also received three Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist's Awards. Recent exhibitions include the Midwest Biennial at DePauw University in Indiana and Suburban Gallery in Chicago. She creates commissions regularly for the House of Blues entertainment venue, and for private collectors.

Matthew Distel

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

He recently accepted the position as director after serving as Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Department Head for the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati Ohio since 2003. Recent curatorial projects include; "Tom Marioni: Beer, Art, and Philosophy", "The Whole World is Rotten", and "Gadget: Mechanics and Motion in Contemporary Art" All at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ref: A06P0210