Collaboration Workshop: Art as Collective Practice

"There is a conversation in the room that only these people at this moment can have. Find it." 

–adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

 "Col·lab·o·ra·tion / kəˌlæb.əˈreɪ.ʃən, noun: the action of working with someone to produce or create something."

Cambridge English Dictionary


Some of the most significant recent developments in the arts are in the area of socially engaged art. Artists work outside of studios and galleries; engage with communities, institutions, corporations and governments; and take on projects that challenge systems of knowledge and power. Those practices vary widely, from traditional art forms in new settings, such as community sculpture workshops; to completely new art forms such as academic research, speculative finance or systems art. One thing, however, is shared by the entire spectrum of social art practices: none of them can be done alone. Whether working together with fellow artists, or with practitioners of other professions, with communities or institutions, creative social engagement necessitates collaboration. 

As with any other tool in the artist's toolbox, collaboration is a skill: it involves techniques, theories and histories that artists learn to master. Unlike most other artistic skills, however, there is little guidance artists can get in acquiring the skill of collaboration: most just figure it out as they go along. A hybrid of a hands-on workshop, seminar and field study, this class will help students develop conscious approaches to collaboration, by developing a collaborative project with their fellow classmates. / No class March 28. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies

This class was inspired by the workshop Conferencia Combinatoria by Pablo Helguera

What to bring: Pen or pencil, notebook or sketchbook.

Please Register Before: February 17
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.
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Course Details

CSLA 4007 SP20
Date Start: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Date End: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Main Building, Room 450
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
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