In this workshop we will focus on collaborative artistic formats and networks. We will experiment playfully with material in and out of public spaces to extend our existing ideas on collective working practices through exercises, interventions and group challenges. Based on this, we will question, develop, discuss and evaluate potentials of collaborative working methods. Next to these practical-orientated sessions we aim to invite and learn from existing collaborations, artists and networks.
The idea of the individual artist as a genius is outdated. The art world today is based on networking.? Artistic collectives are becoming increasingly relevant.
In 2021, all short-listed Turner Prize nominees were artistic collaboratives, Berlin-based collective Raumlabor received the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Bienale in the same year and in 2022 the Indonesian artists' initiative Ruangrupa (“make friends, not art”) will curate the Documenta 15 in Kassel.
In this 4-day workshop we aim to playfully engage with methods of collaboration. How do we come together as a group and what potential value is created when sharing artistic processes and experiences with one another? We will become a group that playfully approaches methods of collective working. We will become active through an array of different exercises, interventions and group challenges. We will work inside the seminar room and outside of it.
We want to discuss and critically engage in questions such as: what does it mean to work collectively? Does activism exclude aesthetics? How do we want to manage hierarchies in group-dynamics? How important are networks? How do we build trust within the group? What are different formats of collaborative working structures? How can I integrate collaborative methods into my own artistic practice?
Next to practical-orientated discourses we will talk to existing collaborations, artists and networks about their structures and approaches in order to help us contextualize and extend our own ideas and concepts further.
There will be room for exchange, ideas, feedback and experimentation.
Lexia Hachtmann completed her Art and Design Foundation Year 2013 in Brighton, England and recently fnished her studies in Fine Art with a Meisterschüler Title at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She is a co-founder of an annual theatre and arts festival in Berlin called Festspiele am Plötzensee and alumna of the 2021 Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt. In her fgurative painting practice she focuses on the individual in society and deals with the dialectic relation of interior to exterior as well as private to public realm. When possible she works site-specifc and develops presentation formats that extend the content of the work into the given room.
Amelie Plümpe completed her final degree in Fine Art with a Meisterschüler Title at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the Summer of 2021. Her artistic practice focuses on installation and sculpture within the extended field of painting. Since 2017 she has been working collaboratively with the Artist Alice Hauck as an artist duo.