Odd Thoughts on Collaboration

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Wolmark, Jenny and Eleanor Gates-Stuart. "Research as Cultural Practice." Working Papers in Art and Design 2, 2002. The issue of 'ownership,' too, became less easy either to quantify or resolve when working with a flexible concept of collaboration. From the point of view of the issues explored in this paper, the most significant aspect of the process was that the knowledge framework--that is, the expectations, roles and tacit 'rules' that are usual in such situations--was undermined from the start. This produced an unstable situation that had to be negotiated by all those involved, because no single perspective appeared to dominate as different cultural practices intersected.(p. 3)


Questions raised by John Robert's paper:
Is collaboration essentially a post-autonomous condition? Is it a means by which art is able to dissolve its use value into everyday practice? Or is it a space for autonomy - and if so, what does this autonomy entail?


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