This book was a lucky find for me from the local library. For the last few years I've been thinking of myself as a creative collaborator so this title leapt from the shelves. It's full of interviews with a variety of art collectives from different parts of the world. Their responses about the prevailing models within the art world were thought-provoking.
"When other structures, such as patrons and museums, are not making stuff happen for artists, then they group together to make things happen for themselves. In many ways that is the definition of collaboration: making stuff happen together. It is about action rather than process." Jane Pollard
"The ideas of authorship and originality were born in a very specific moment, in 1400, with the invention of print... There's not such a thing as 'the author' in that everything we do is influenced by things we have seen, heard or read, or by people we've met. Sometimes you forget it, so you think these ideas come from you, but they don't." Eva & France Mattes
Some of these collaborations operate anonymously which has always been an attractive option to me - a way to freely write about society without being judges or labelled personally.
"Anonymity is liberating, the possibility of doing and saying things without them being permanently attached to your actual persona is something we should protect." Eva & Franco Mattes
There were dismissive comments regarding the genius artist concept.
"We can't believe that the heroic lone genius idea is still alive. It's a simplistic and boring idea that nonetheless endures... we don't want to believe in the heroic lone genius because it produces an ugly world made of ugly selves... Capitalism is fuelled by driving individuals against one another." ayr
Some of the groups featured used the Internet to produce interactive work.
"I do have a sense that despite all the cynical structures on the Internet, it could still be this idealistic, tentatively egalitarian space, and we should work towards that." Luke Turner
I was inspired to read about people who were the antithesis of the prevailing "me" culture that currently prevails in our society.