Essex coda –
a short tour
through things that relate
to artists' collaborations
(and I like)
by Alan W. Moore
for Essex Un...
Colin Deland pictured among other East Village art gallery dealers, mid-80s,
Lower East Side, NYC (he ran Vox Populi)
Liza...
Colin Deland, proprietor American Fine Arts, 1980s & '90s, Soho NYC
He and partner Pat Hearn started the Armory Show art f...
Art Club 2000 in the early '90s – with Cooper Union professor Doug Ashford,
ex-Group Material member
Joseph Kosuth, mentor to students who formed Group Material members in the
late '70s at School of Visual Arts
(site of AWC...
Bernadette Corporation, this year with retrospectives in two venues, Artists
Space NYC, and ICA London
Bruce High Quality Foundation – (also a group of students from Cooper Union)
– this year with a retrospective at the Brook...
Bruce High Quality Foundation “Brucennial”, exhibition held simultaneously with
the Whitney Biennial
Jeffrey Deitch, proprietor of Deitch Projects, wrote about Colab's “Times Square
Show” for Art in America in 1980. He was ...
“Give me product!” Nothing wrong wiith that.
In addition to artists from the “Beautiful Losers” team, Deitch liked product...
Dearraindrop re-created in the Soho NYC gallery space something like what
they had done around Fort Thunder, the legendary...
something about taking lots of acid... which is often cut with speed...
Philadelphia's ICA let their interns play with artists' groups too, in “Locally
Localized Gravity,” the show about collect...
Let's make something! (Production imperative.)
A hallmark of “Locally” was the extensive schedule of workshops, giving art...
Red 76 was imported from Portland, Oregon, to add some political flavor to the
“Locally” show. Sam Gould flew in, and had ...
No dish, though, the catalogue PDF online is
pretty good, with lots of participants' statements
– many interesting groups,...
I was there as an invitee of Basekamp (hyperlinked above), which had earlier on
organized a convention of artists' collect...
"Descent to Revolution" was a curatorial project of James Voorhies, which
involved numerous artists' collectives gathered ...
Red 76 participated in “Descent,” producing a first iteration of their “Pop Up
Book Academy.” Sam Gould continued his book...
Department of Space and Land
Reclamation (DSLR) was a
weekend campaign in 2001 led by
Nato Thompson and Josh Macphee
which...
Nato Thompson worked with Gregory Sholette to produce this show at Mass
MOCA in 2003 concentrating on politicized collecti...
The Interference Archive in Brooklyn hosts many film screenings, talks, and
exhibitions. (Josh McPhee is in the center.)
a collaborator with Just Seeds and Toyshop collective, Swoon
produced a sensational collective project for the Venice Bien...
Bureau de recherches surréalistes (Octobre 1924 - Avril 1925)
Mark Dion reconstructs the Bureau for
Manchester University exhibition in 2005
work by the group Claire Fontaine
Chto Delat? group in 2005
Chto Delat showing in “Collective Creativity,” Friedrichianum, 2005
Chto Delat showing in “Collective Creativity,” Friedrichianum, 2005
Chto Delat were an active
presence in the Hamburg
“Subvision” festival in 2009; the
“Activist Club” project is discussed
b...
Teaching collectivity – “37 Manifestos” show at a Berlin art academy, 2011
The influential
Chicago group “
Temporary Services
” put out a book
Robby Herbst, one-
time editor of the
“Journal of
Aesthetics and
Protest” (Los
Angeles) produces
a workshop on
collective
...
video artist Paul
Ryan elaborated
his triadic “yoga of
collaboration”
based on the
theories of
Charles Sanders
Peirce
puppets, the classic
collaborative form
of spectacular
protest... at the
“RADICAL
LUNCH”
anti-cuts
demo at
CUNY,
NYC, 2013
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"Essex Coda" is a slidecast created for the Essex University PhD seminar September 26-27th, 2013 in Colchester. It concerns a number of artists' collectives, mainly from NYC and USA. Some are mainly involved with the art market, others with institutions. Collectivity is also part of art education.

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  1. 1. Essex coda – a short tour through things that relate to artists' collaborations (and I like) by Alan W. Moore for Essex University seminar on artists' collectives September 2013 see: http://collectiva.wikispaces.com/artcollectivesworkshop for readings and further information
  2. 2. Colin Deland pictured among other East Village art gallery dealers, mid-80s, Lower East Side, NYC (he ran Vox Populi) Liza Kirwin called this the “East Village gallery movement”
  3. 3. Colin Deland, proprietor American Fine Arts, 1980s & '90s, Soho NYC He and partner Pat Hearn started the Armory Show art fair as a festival of independent galleries. (Heh heh.)
  4. 4. Art Club 2000 in the early '90s – with Cooper Union professor Doug Ashford, ex-Group Material member
  5. 5. Joseph Kosuth, mentor to students who formed Group Material members in the late '70s at School of Visual Arts (site of AWC “Speak Out” in 1969)
  6. 6. Bernadette Corporation, this year with retrospectives in two venues, Artists Space NYC, and ICA London
  7. 7. Bruce High Quality Foundation – (also a group of students from Cooper Union) – this year with a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
  8. 8. Bruce High Quality Foundation “Brucennial”, exhibition held simultaneously with the Whitney Biennial
  9. 9. Jeffrey Deitch, proprietor of Deitch Projects, wrote about Colab's “Times Square Show” for Art in America in 1980. He was then an art investment advisor for Chase Manhattan bank. http://www.deitch.com/projects/sub.php
  10. 10. “Give me product!” Nothing wrong wiith that. In addition to artists from the “Beautiful Losers” team, Deitch liked production oriented artists' groups like Dearraindrop
  11. 11. Dearraindrop re-created in the Soho NYC gallery space something like what they had done around Fort Thunder, the legendary artists' factory residence in Providence, Rhode Island, full of RISDI students
  12. 12. something about taking lots of acid... which is often cut with speed...
  13. 13. Philadelphia's ICA let their interns play with artists' groups too, in “Locally Localized Gravity,” the show about collectives – local stars from space 1026 (the address of a collective studio space of some 30 artists), built an “Ewok-like” structure covered with prints
  14. 14. Let's make something! (Production imperative.) A hallmark of “Locally” was the extensive schedule of workshops, giving artists' collectives something to do – share their creative processes with visitors to the museum. The needs of museums' education programs is often driving the interest in collectives.
  15. 15. Red 76 was imported from Portland, Oregon, to add some political flavor to the “Locally” show. Sam Gould flew in, and had people dress up in funny colonial- era costumes and declaim 18th century revolutionary homilies around Philadelphia town...
  16. 16. No dish, though, the catalogue PDF online is pretty good, with lots of participants' statements – many interesting groups, e.g., the gay publishing collective LTTR.
  17. 17. I was there as an invitee of Basekamp (hyperlinked above), which had earlier on organized a convention of artists' collectives in their downtown space – their international networking definitely drove the ICA to do the “Locally” show.
  18. 18. "Descent to Revolution" was a curatorial project of James Voorhies, which involved numerous artists' collectives gathered for some while in Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio, in 2009 (Link to many pics in pic above.)
  19. 19. Red 76 participated in “Descent,” producing a first iteration of their “Pop Up Book Academy.” Sam Gould continued his bookish ways last week at the New York Art Book Fair, making a kind of factory play room in the basement of P.S. 1. The NYABF was started by AA Bronson when he was director of Printed Matter.
  20. 20. Department of Space and Land Reclamation (DSLR) was a weekend campaign in 2001 led by Nato Thompson and Josh Macphee which “sought to reclaim all the space, land, and visual culture of Chicago back to its public citizens.” Thompson became a curator, first at Mass MOCA, then at Creative Time; Macphee founded JustSeeds graphic artists' cooperative, and Interference Archive
  21. 21. Nato Thompson worked with Gregory Sholette to produce this show at Mass MOCA in 2003 concentrating on politicized collectives and artists working with collective formations – the catalogue is online as a color PDF; google: “The Interventionists - Gregory Sholette”
  22. 22. The Interference Archive in Brooklyn hosts many film screenings, talks, and exhibitions. (Josh McPhee is in the center.)
  23. 23. a collaborator with Just Seeds and Toyshop collective, Swoon produced a sensational collective project for the Venice Biennial in 2009 – “The Swimming Cities of Serenissima"
  24. 24. Bureau de recherches surréalistes (Octobre 1924 - Avril 1925)
  25. 25. Mark Dion reconstructs the Bureau for Manchester University exhibition in 2005
  26. 26. work by the group Claire Fontaine
  27. 27. Chto Delat? group in 2005
  28. 28. Chto Delat showing in “Collective Creativity,” Friedrichianum, 2005
  29. 29. Chto Delat showing in “Collective Creativity,” Friedrichianum, 2005
  30. 30. Chto Delat were an active presence in the Hamburg “Subvision” festival in 2009; the “Activist Club” project is discussed by Dmitri Vilensky at EIPCP's “Transversal” website, 2007.
  31. 31. Teaching collectivity – “37 Manifestos” show at a Berlin art academy, 2011
  32. 32. The influential Chicago group “ Temporary Services ” put out a book
  33. 33. Robby Herbst, one- time editor of the “Journal of Aesthetics and Protest” (Los Angeles) produces a workshop on collective movement in NYC in 2013.
  34. 34. video artist Paul Ryan elaborated his triadic “yoga of collaboration” based on the theories of Charles Sanders Peirce
  35. 35. puppets, the classic collaborative form of spectacular protest... at the “RADICAL LUNCH” anti-cuts demo at CUNY, NYC, 2013

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