Magazine article Artforum International

Collaboration Now

Magazine article Artforum International

Collaboration Now

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GOING FROM ONE TO TWO is going overboard. Working with others means exceeding, sharing, even contaminating--whether with an intimate partner or a band of outsiders, with fellow avant-gardists or an unknown audience. Well after the Impressionists incorporated themselves and the Surrealists assembled their exquisite corpse, after Gilbert met George and Fischli met Weiss, the collective, the factory, the duo have all persisted, even if they are still relatively rare. Artists continue to collaborate in arrangements that span loose underground communities, corporations (ersatz or actual), offices, brands, collectives, and pairs.

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While many of these endeavors have become well known, the actual terms of association often remain opaque. The essays that follow present specific vantages on the premises and promises of collaboration, looking less toward broad engagements with the public sphere than inward, toward disturbances within and between subjects. Critic Tom Holert surveys the rise and fate of artistic collaboration within the networked global economy, where we all find ourselves connected as participants and "team players. …

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