“Artists work in groups. This is a primary fact.” – Alan Moore
“Collectives… are engaged in a more or less conscious effort to renegotiate the conditions of art’s autonomy.” – Grant Kester
Modes of collaboration exist on a spectrum between these two poles.
COLLOBORATION ≠ COLLECTIVE
A network is not a community
That is, a group of individuals who are connected by forms of communication do not necessarily share mutual obligations
A collaboration is not a collective
That is, a group of people working together are not necessarily challenging the conditions of art’s autonomy (Kester) or challenging individual authorship.
Modes of Collectives
|COUPLE||Madeline Gins & Arakawa||Mutual Translation to create a 3rd subjectivity|
|COUPLE||Christo & Jeanne Claude [Site]||?|
|PARTISAN BAND: BRIGADE||GAAG||?|
|PARTISAN BAND: COMMITTEE||AMCC and AMCC CATALOG COMMITTEE||Socialized|
|ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN FIRM||ANT FARM||Partnership|
|ARCHITECTURE/PLANNING FIRM||Ala Plastica||?|
|INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION||Every Bluechip Artist, also Disney Inc.||Authorship transfer: Workers surrender, artist siezes.|
|GANG (No Don)||Early New York School, Colab, 47 Canal?||?|
|GANG (Has Don and Bosses)||Late New York School, Cal Arts Mafia?, 47 Canal?||?|
I need help to fill in the 3rd column… Or maybe you would like to join me in collectively turning this into an essay?