This course explores the process and application of collaboration in the artmaking context. Discussion topics will include notable collaborative groups (past and present) and practical challenges and solutions to cooperative practices, among others. While the class will include some discussion of historical context and research in this topic area, the primary focus of the course will be on the active practice of collaboration. Participants will engage in a series of collaborative pairings with fellow classmates during the course, examine the ongoing results of the process, and share final projects through a public event at the close of the semester. Final course projects may be actual or conceptual and will be decided on by each collaborative pair/group. Primary objectives for the course are to:
• Provide active experience in a cooperative practice
• Investigate challenges & problem solving in the creative process
• Provide a context for engagement across disciplines
• Create opportunities for further/future collaboration & cooperation
• Extend community discussion & access to collaborative projects
Artists/students from any creative discipline (visual art/performance/music/ architecture/interdisciplinary/other) are welcome. Previous collaborative experience is not required; both those new to cooperative practice and those from existing collaborative groups are welcome to apply. The course will be limited to 20 students, with an application process consisting of a brief email questionnaire clarifying interest in the course and background.
Gabrielle Mertz is a visual artist and choreographer. As the Founder and Artistic Director of Ondine and Company, she oversaw the creation of new work and produced multimedia performances and site-specific installations for ten seasons. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe at the High Museum, Cultural Center of Krakow, International Dance Festival, King Plow Arts Center, and the Performance Space, among others. She has been an artist-in-residence/guest lecturer at a number of institutions, including New York University, Emory University, and Image Film & Video Center, among others.