[-empyre-] the changing nature of collaboration

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Sun May 5 12:07:22 EST 2013

Dear Renate and all, I am now back from my short trip, i was inviting some women activists from the World Women's March to come to Montevideo in August when we host the International Congress for Women in Black.
And that's for me a great collaborative environment. We spoke about that some months ago when Angela Davis visited the World Social Forum to Support Palestine. And I asked Angela if she saw the same patterns in the Palestine struggle. Because in Palestine everything is linked to the political struggle, the Art, the poetry, the architecture, the social artifacts.
Cecilia Parsberg, one of our guests this month, and me, collaborated upon several ways to create networks between us and with others where the common result was the summa of our different approaches, Cecilia, the visual, mine, the literary and the symbolical.
But after some months of our cooperation our fields had merge to create texts and images where the authorship was not longer individual but collective. The visual and the literary became an hybrid, far more interesting and challenging.
Ana, looking forward to our discussion

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4 maj 2013 kl. 19:17 skrev Renate Ferro <rtf9 at cornell.edu>:

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> Ana Valdes suggested about one month ago that we think about hosting a
> discussion investigating the contemporary uses of collaboration in art
> practice, art theory, and art activism.  -empyre last hosted such a
> discussion in February, 2004.  In re-reading those posts, Tim and I
> noted about how much has changed in the last ten years in new media
> circles.  Realizing that many collaborative and collective teams of
> artists work together on broad, institutional macro initiatives, we
> thought it might be interesting to additionally consider micro
> initiatives that happen on a day-to-day basis usually on a personal
> scale.  Those collaborations that happen randomly or on an impromptu
> basis or that are in flux.
> Tim Murray and I have been collaborating for many years but it is
> within the last decade that I have been comfortable in not only
> acknowledging but also in embracing our collaborative work space in
> curating and writing.  It was at that time I shifted my production to
> new media practices and he founded The Rose Goldsen Archive of New
> Media Art.  We have shared goals theoretically and conceptually but we
> both attain those goals very differently.  We each have our expertise,
> his in theory and mine in production, but in our shared spaces of life
> and work involving politics, writing and curating we have both been
> able to disrupt and even invade to a degree each others zones. That
> disruption requires not only confidence in ones own expertise but also
> a degree of generosity in giving something up of oneself.
> Ricardo Dominguez visited us a Cornell just last week.  His artist
> talk recounted his own collaborative ventures throughout his life.
> Describing a shared set of goals as a horizontal access, each of his
> collaborators was a point on that horizontal line.  Within a given
> time each member of that collaborative team produced something that
> helped to accomplish those goals and that production was directly
> related to that person's expertise. According to Dominguez his
> collaborations evolved from a set of like-minded friends living within
> the same city. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer also spoke at Cornell in 2011,
> where he his role in collaborative encounters very differently.  As a
> conceptual conductor, he orchestrates the movements of each member of
> a collaborative team towards a final goal. Both are well regarded in
> new media circles but both achieve their collaborative missions very
> differently.
> Our hope this month is that comments of our invited discussants spark
> our subscribers to post about their own evolving collaborations.  We
> realize there are divergent models of collaboration that many digital
> new media artists and theorists incorporate.  We are hoping to archive
> as many of these as possible and to also note the ebb and flow of the
> changing nature of those relationships as they are affected by both
> the networked space of new and social media and that of the real time
> spaces of participatory culture and activism.
> I am really looking forward to this month's discussions.
> Best,
> Renate
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