Hi all! I am in contact with Annemarie van den Berg. She is making a list of collectives (quite broad). She is curious about what Networked Collective is, does and researches and would like to hear more about it. Think of questions such as: is the process collective or is the end product also collective (and so we share the ownership of the final work)? What could the collective elements look like and how does it come to live?
Annemarie works together with Tara Karpinski (both part of the collective Pink Pony Express) at ArtEZ to see how students can work together more - especially in a system that is mainly focused on and set up for the individual. They talk a lot with students from different departments and it turns out that students have the desire to work more together/collectively, but they don't have an idea of a subject or theme they want to explore. Annemarie and Tara try to embrace this and from there they are looking with different collectives whether a teaching programme can be devised to practice (different ways of) working together.
Annemarie asked me if Networked Collective has experience in teaching at art schools and if we recognise ourselves in the things they experience.
That is why I am sharing it with you here! Perhaps it is something to see as a new starting point and to breathe new life into Networked Collective.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Heey thank you for writing Jack. I feel like replying immediately. The conversation is on the back of my mind as well. Thank you for the (re)start. It's not my wish to become productive, come up with solutions. I'd like to stay in a questioning, not-knowing, dis-ease origin. But, how I can fit in with the move of structurizing more and more.. is that I hope it can be a form that we try. That it's a gesture, unfixed, and that the intention is to fascilitate different ways of thinking and asking questions but also bring safety and reliability from the start. As a tool, to get in to motion. For this, I can find myself in the decisions that got made in a meeting earlier this week, visible in an email to Annemarie * But... if, like you mention Jack, the descicions are made without the consent of us all ánd before hand, so that not all participants (students) are involved in this part of process.. then this could be the contrary of our intentions! How do we wanna stay vulnerable and in dis-ease? In general I've adopted a behaviour to move with the flow of my surroundings. Very usefull when it's 'dangerous' to go against the stream. But when this means that I or we lose what we stand for, then it might be of great importance to resist. In this way I really appreciate how you write us all that you feel like stepping out. But I hope it won't happen, because I feel like its the end of it all if voices get muted.
There's no failure in research and experimenting, only outcome. But if the intentions get in trouble, then tere is! In our case of being a networked togetherness, if someone is necessary to step out, we fail. (from my perspective)