March 11, 2014 - Art in General - Symposium: "What Now? Collaboration & Collectivity"
March 11, 2014

Symposium: "What Now? Collaboration & Collectivity"

“What Now? Collaboration & Collectivity”
Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:30–7:30pm
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11am–4pm

The New School
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Avenue
New York City
Free admission

What Now? 2014 is a two-day symposium organized by Art in General in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. This launches a new series of annual conferences, called to investigate issues arising in the field of contemporary art. This year’s conference is dedicated to Collaboration and Collectivity and organized around three sessions spanning Friday and Saturday, with a keynote lecture on Friday evening, delivered by Charles Esche.

In the spirit of philosopher Hannah Arendt, who taught at The New School for many years, the symposium examines collaboration through a politics of place—how the way in which we live and work together directly creates the political landscape we inhabit. In Arendt’s words, “To live together in the world means essentially that a world of things is between those who have it in common, as a table is located between those who sit around it; the world, like every in-between, relates and separates men at the same time.”

Taking this central question of how we work together and how we form a community, What Now? 2014 explores collaborations between artists and institutions while examining the modes and methods of collective action, including positions of disengagement. With collaboration becoming a more prominent form of practice for both artists and institutions, the symposium examines some of the reasons behind this phenomenon—from the desire to produce new projects, knowledge, or research to developing new institutional structures. Through a series of presentations by various collectives, artists, scholars, curators, and writers, What Now? 2014 aims to generate new thinking around these issues, including authorship and authenticity as well as modes of collaboration as strategies for social change.

The symposium comprises three sessions: Collective Authorship, Collective Bargaining and Collective (Dis)engagement. Confirmed speakers include Anne Barlow, Director, Art in General, New York; Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Curator of the 2014 São Paulo Biennial; Mariam Ghani, artist, New York; Sean Jacobs, The New School for Public Engagement, New York; Carin Kuoni, Director and Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York; Johan Lundh, Co-Director, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Laura Raicovich, Director of Global Initiatives, Creative Time, New York; Sarah Rifky, Co-Director, Beirut in Cairo; Nitin Swaheny, The New School for Public Engagement, New York; Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, artist, founder of The Art Law Office, New York; Robert Sember, Ultra-red, New York; Luis Silva and João Mourão, Co-Directors, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; Sonja Srdanovic, Tufts University, Boston; Tercerunquinto, Mexico City; The Yes Men, New York; and Pieternel Vermoortel, Co-Founder and Director, FormContent, London.

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What Now? 2014 is organized by Art in General in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, as part of the Center’s curatorial initiative on Alignment. Art in General gives special thanks to the Lambent Fund of the Tides Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding for their generous support of this conference.

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