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Process Descriptions of Collaboration & Discursive Interest in Productive Process

Academic journal article Afterimage

Process Descriptions of Collaboration & Discursive Interest in Productive Process

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ChanShatz's ongoing collaboration reveals itself in the objects and systems of new media production. Engaging multiple contexts their dialogue exemplifies the emergence of the database as an evolving cultural form. By creating traceable histories for their projects and installations they make visible the chronology and lineage of their reproductive practice.

* The Diaries--To map the collaborative existence of ChanSchatz. We have recorded all of our conversations since we met in 1985. These writings exist beyond the scope of traditional projects, forming part of our neural network of interconnected informational systems. There is no literal biographical record of our interaction. Ours is a post-evolutionary practice where it is not the fittest idea that survives, but the informational mass that is generated by the exchange. In this way the individual is not denigrated by a selective process, but rather fostered by the continued genesis of activity.

* The Process and Methodology of Formmaking--Forms differ and the chronology reflects different emphases, but the focus remains the same. The structure of our project is what gives it continuity. We spent our first five years together developing a collaborative voice. This seminal work formed the basis for establishing a joint trajectory for our artistic practice and formalized some of the issues and contexts surrounding the collaborative process.

* The Series Lineage Drawings--Circular, nonlinear or chronological, all efforts contribute to the existence of a whole. Though any part of The Process may result in objects, projects and artifacts, the series have always focused on externalizing our ongoing exchange. Occupying various roles through the fluidity of the structure allows for the continual advent of new processes, directions and proposals.

Our collaboration is 1985 touchstones, montage acetates, process drawings, seating, objects, tables, lighting, storage units, figure-pieces, studies 1986 Kurasakl drawings, tyes, compositions, tapestries, flags, posters, wall murals, books, fountains, marks, tilings 1987 balustrades & gates, grille diptychs, scarves, layer paintings, dinnerware, horizon paintings, social forms paintings, grilles 1988 vinyl cuts, catalogs, roller paintings, relief paintings, process videos, stage studies, altar pieces, grille sculptures, bijoux 1989 frisket paintings, altarpiece paintings, composite process sculptures, grille pavers, arena catalogs, boxes, process pieces, production pieces 1990 public art, text drawings, silhouettes, series lineage drawings, glass paintings, genie drawings, mirror paintings, etchings 1991 book covers, installations, screen paintings, vessels, vases, faberges, chandeliers, tassels, frames, rings, earrings 1992 chalices, candelabra, pitchers, glass containers, swords & knives, haircombs, hand mirrors, hats, glasses, handbags, sandals & thongs 1993 secrets of life drawings, crosses, set suspensions, discs, stickers, chocolates, art offices, pop-up constructions, universals 1994 board games, animation studies, tye process sculptures, necklaces, chains, clasps, bracelets, belts, buckles, broaches, compacts 1995 clocks, watches, flacons, ikebana, pistols, spears, maces, axes, helmets, breastplates, shields, champfron, coffee machines 1996 mixers & blenders, cameras, musical instruments, logos, typography, diary videos, performances, movies, fabrics 1997 genome bioinformatics, www. …

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