Call For Papers: Collaborating Now
The Collaborating Now Project would like to invite essays from writers in arts-related
disciplines for a book focused on the state of contemporary collaborative practices in the
arts. The Collaborating Now Project began in 2009 with an international collaborative
artwork project in which artists in New Zealand and around the world created a
collaborative artwork (facilitated by Gregory Sholette) and discussed their ideas about
Authors are invited to investigate why and how contemporary artistic practices and
theories have recently emerged as ways of engaging in and thinking about collaborative
art, why there is a sudden, renewed interest in collaborations within the artworld, and
the implications this new trend has for making and writing about art today.
Examples of suitable topics include, but are not limited to: the nature and function of
collectives in art; challenges facing collaborations working across different artistic
media; challenges of forming and maintaining collectives; the disenfranchisement of
artists and the rise of collectivism; hybrid collaborations; collaborations and place;
collaborations and politics; why collaborate now; collaborations in the post-nationalist
world. We also welcome papers about particular artworks or art groups as a springboard for
discussing larger, philosophical and critical issues about collaborations.
Abstracts should be 500 words, and essays should be 2000-4000 words, in a style and format
that makes them accessible to artists, art critics, curators and art historians, and
written in a way to support serious and focused academic thought.
Abstracts and essays will be refereed blind by a member of the editorial advisory board.
Please direct all submissions to <sondra.bacharach(a)vuw.ac.nz>nz>.
Abstracts and papers should be prepared for blind referee and submitted in Word or RTF,
via email to: <Sondra.bacharach(a)vuw.ac.nz>
Deadline for abstracts (500 words): 15 October 2010.
Deadline for final papers (2000-4000 words): 1 February 2011.
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