[-empyre-] FAILURE AND BETWEEN COLLABORATION AND THE DIVA ART STAR
rtf9 at cornell.edu
Fri May 31 06:50:15 EST 2013
Dear Ana and all,
Yes of course you are stating circumstances of the "lone" artist that
we all are too familiar with: the historically sanctioned "white"
"male" genius artist (or crazy person/uni-bomber in society) but I
am asking if there is a situation when aloneness is necessary or
desired? Is there a productive revision of these examples we know all
too well and are critical of?
Is it possible to be alone perhaps by CHOICE? Must we always
collaborate? Is it our duty to collaborate? Is it possible to have an
independent vision, to go against the grain? Are there times in our
lives when collaboration would not be productive?
That is why I asked Zach about failure. Perhaps I want to mix things
up a bit. It is the end of the month after all!
On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Dear Renate, when I wrote about collaboration beetween couple/parents it's because I feel collaboration is a natural impulse in all living beings, animals collaborate to hunt and to care about their young, you and Tim collaborate in raising children and teaching you collaborate with young students.
> I mean the idea of a lonely artist or writer writing/painting for him/herself is so notorious false, nobody is able to create and produce anything. Collaboration is in itself a skill and non collaborative situations are seldom productive.
> The Unibomber sitting alone in a hut in the woods sending bombs was an abherration the wild sauvage so loved by Thoreau it's only a myth or an utopy, all the indigenous communities existed because they were efficient working collectives, outside the community you didn't exist.
> On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM, Renate Ferro <rtf9 at cornell.edu> wrote:
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>> Zach, The notion of evolution or reorientation as you say from one
>> workshop to the next is a process that i
>> think is key to working with others. As languages, cultures, and
>> sites change we re-imagine how our exchanges may produce new energy,
>> outcomes, ideas. I am intrigued with failure though, Why does a
>> certain chemistry fall flat or fizzle?
>> And Ana
>> <snip>Non collaboration is antinatural as neoliberalism is antinatural.<snip>
>> I'd like to bring up the notion of site and place.In order to
>> collaborate you need willing partners. I do not live in an urban
>> area, in fact we are about four and half hours by car from the nearest
>> urban area. Though we are surrounded by miles of green rolling hills,
>> majestic water falls, and wildlife beyond imaginable, it is difficult
>> at times to find compatible partners to work with. Finding
>> collaborators takes logistic planning quite frankly. Digital networks
>> here are crucial but I am not sure I am ready to say that
>> collaboration is the only viable option nor am I willing to say that
>> the the artist working as a diva/star is an option I'm comfortable
>> with either.
>> Do we not as artist or activists need to be prepared to be skillful
>> collaborators but also lone innovators? Moving back and forth AND
>> INBETWEEN depending upon the call? I am not ready to say that
>> collaboration is the only utopia or option.
>> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Zach Blas <zachblas at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> > hi all--
>> > apologies for jumping in a bit late! thanks to tim, renate, and ana
>> > for inviting me to join this month's conversation.
>> > while my practice has engaged collaboration in many different modes,
>> > this week, i'd like to share the mask-making workshops i am currently
>> > organizing and think through the idea of the workshop and collective
>> > processes and decision-making.
>> > first off, i'll just provide some projects i've recently been a part of:
>> > from 2007 - 2013, i participated in queer technologies, a group i
>> > started that usually operated as an anonymous collective:
>> > http://www.queertechnologies.info/
>> > in 2010, i co-founded the durham, north carolina branch of the public
>> > school, which offers a variety of courses and workshops to people in
>> > the research triangle area. http://thepublicschool.org/durham
>> > throughout the past few years, i have also co-curated various events
>> > and exhibitions, such as "speculative" at los angeles contemporary
>> > exhibitions in 2011 with chris o'leary:
>> > http://s-p-e-c-u-l-a-t-i-v-e.info/; "the coming disturbance" at mix 25
>> > queer experimental film/video festival in new york in 2012 with micha
>> > cárdenas; and "dark matter," a series of performative lectures
>> > co-organized with chris o'leary and michael kontopoulos that took
>> > place at machine project in los angeles in 2012.
>> > for the past year, i've been organizing mask-making workshops as part
>> > of my "facial weaponization suite" project:
>> > http://www.zachblas.info/projects/facial-weaponization-suite/ thus
>> > far, i've organized workshops open to the public in los angeles,
>> > montreal, and portland, oregon. i am currently gearing up for another
>> > mask workhop in ricardo dominguez's lab here at ucsd this friday.
>> > the "facial weaponization suite" is a workshop-driven project that
>> > develops forms of collective and creative protest against biometrics
>> > and facial recognition through masks. as erin manning discussed
>> > earlier this month, the workshops operate under a set of constraints.
>> > divided into two different sessions, part 1 of the workshop involves
>> > meeting together as a group discussing some pre-circulated readings
>> > that specifically address global / local contexts of biometrics and
>> > masks. this is pedagogical time for all of us, as we attempt to gain
>> > some common ground around our knowledge and experience with
>> > biometrics, masks, protest, and creative interventions. also during
>> > this session, everyone's face is scanned (usually with a kinect) to
>> > obtain 3d biometric facial scans of all participants, which is used to
>> > produce a "collective mask."
>> > this 1st session continues with a discussion and tentative plans of
>> > possible group actions / interventions to perform with the mask. the
>> > first session of the workshop concludes when we have agreed upon an
>> > action to carry out. the action we decide to perform helps us
>> > collectively determine the color of the mask and its possible shape.
>> > after this first session, i collaborate with a 3d modeler to bring all
>> > of these facial scans together in 3d modeling software. when all of
>> > these facial scans are layered--but not averaged, the result is a face
>> > that looks quite unhuman. it is a collective face that is not
>> > detectable to facial recognition software. this 3d model of the
>> > collective facial mask is then fabricated through cnc milling a mold
>> > and vacuum forming with plastic.
>> > during the 2nd session of the workshop (usually a week later), all
>> > participants re-unite, the masks are distributed, and we perform our
>> > action.
>> > it goes without saying that each workshop i've organized has been
>> > incredibly different--with various degrees of success and failure (but
>> > it doesn't even make sense to evaluate the workshops with such a
>> > rubric), and these workshops are continuously reoriented as i learn
>> > from each one. i have many other thoughts on ideas of collective
>> > transformation with the mask as well as desires for opacity / refusals
>> > of political recognition & representation that i can address later.
>> > but for now, i wanted to share the workshop process with everyone.
>> > more soon!
>> > zach
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