Private View: 29 July 6.30 – 8.30pm
30 July – 31 August 2008
6 ARTISTS + 6 COLLABORATORS = 6 EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTS
What happens when 6 artists are asked to choose a collaborator to work with in new ways? Who will they choose? What will they want to make? How will the process work? Will these collaborations continue after the exhibition? Will they fail? Will this opportunity encourage the artists to collaborate in the future? How does the collaborative working process differ to their usual ways of working? What are the benefits or disadvantages of working collaboratively?
An Experiment in Collaboration looks at the intricacies of artists operating as part of a team or partnership, laying bare the process and opening it up to scrutiny. The ongoing project is collaborative on every level: curator, writers, design team, artists and associates, share ideas, negotiate changes and make decisions about possibilities and outcomes.
An Experiment in Collaboration forms part of the Jerwood Visual Arts series of exhibitions and initiatives to support and promote emerging talent. 6 artists were invited to choose a collaborator to work with and to submit proposals for an experimental project that looked at the process of collaborative practice including:
Gemma Anderson + forensic psychiatrist Dr Tim McInerny and three of his patients from Bethlem Hospital, London = a series of revealing portraits;
Daniel Baker + computer game designer Ricky Haggett = a computer game of the artist’s fictional world of ‘Glob’;
Michael Pybus + Dazed & Confused magazine = a series of fashion photographs set within Pybus’ painting/sculptural installation;
Paul Richards + artists: Jason Dungan, Jenifer Evans, Claire Hooper, Edward Peake, Guy Rusha & Gili Tal, Joe Walsh = an experimental film for cinema;
Karen Tang + architect Daniel Sanderson = a Modernist building titled ‘Modern Molluscs’;
Artist collaborators Jackson Webb + biophysicist Dora Tang = chemical drawings that challenges the role of the ‘author’ within collaborative practice.
The exhibition will begin a conversation about collaborative working practice through a series of experiments and interconnected dialogues while allowing for each of the collaborators to explore a new way of working, drawing either on the other’s expertise, ideas, knowledge or experience. The process of each of these artist collaborations will be available to view in an online blog: www.experimentincollaboration.blogspot.com
Two discussions, open to the public, will take place during the exhibition: Monday 11 August and Thursday 21 August 6 – 8pm 2008. A catalogue, with foreword by Tamiko O’Brien and Mark Dunhill, designed by The Partners will accompany the exhibition. The catalogue will be launched on Thursday 21 August from 6 – 8pm.
Exhibition curated by Sarah Williams.