This Month's Topics+Guests

May, 2013: Collaboration: Art Practice, Theory, Activism

Welcome to the May discussion on –empyre- soft-skinned space:

Collaboration: Art Practice, Theory, Activism Moderated by Ana Valdes (UR), Renate Ferro (US), and Tim Murray (US) with invited discussants
In February of 2004 Trebor Sholze and Geert Lovink hosted an –empyre-discussion entitled “Networks, Art, and Collaboration.” Citing both the positive and negative connotations of the word collaboration, a good deal of the discussion revolved around online cultures that allowed for shared information systems. During the past few months threads of discussion have referenced real time collaborative alliances. This month on –empyre- soft-skinned space we pick up threads from past discussions to highlight collectives, alliances, partnerships of artistic capacities for rhizomatic production. Regardless of rank or hierarchy, we are particularly interested in networks where art, theory and activism infiltrate diverging aspects of culture and society. What role does technology have in the making of those relationships? Real interactions as well as virtual labs and virtual artistic collaborations create constellations with new shapes and reformulations of old terms. A cybernetic and intelligent swarm, using the concepts of multitude as formulated by Negri and Hardt, Deleuze and Guattari.

Week 1 May 3, 2013 Tim Murray (US), Renate Ferro (US), Ana Valdes (UR), Carol-Ann Braun, Erin Manning (CA)

Week 2 May 10, 2013 Cecelia Parsberg (SE), Paul Vanouse (US)

Week 3 May 17, 2013 Marc Garrett (UK), Ricardo Miranda Zuniga and Brooke Singer (US)

Week 4 May 24, 2013 Alonso+Craciun, Zach Blas (US)

Past Topics+Guests