It goes without saying that through the long history of art, the focus on the individual artist and singular authorship of a work of art has been a highly dominating factor – a factor whose impact on how we think about and perceive art and artists is still very present to this day. Over time though, many artists has sought to challenge the structures and ideas around artistic individuality and authorship and explored the many possibilities that comes along when a diversity of creatives join forces and work together.
This subject was on the schedule for the students joining the advanced level course Collaborative Work, run by visiting artist and lecturer Arash Fayez. The class took shape as a dynamic workshop where a variety of artistic collaborations where tried out – from working together in duos to creating as a group, and together in the class as a whole.
An off-campus excursion to the art factory Fabra i Coats was also part of the course program, and here the students visited an exhibition by the famous artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Last, but not least, the class included invited speakers, the performance duo CMMC, who’s online presentation and following Q&A gave the students a closer look into the work process of this intriguing, contemporary duo.
The visit to Fabra i Coats was not the only off-campus event. The course titled Exhibitionism: Display is not Innocent started off with the first class held in the impressive building of the cultural center CaixaForum.