Hi again! Well, it seems that my recent posts didn't exactly cause a flurry
of conversation on the list!
It is true that several people have contacted me off list to provide me with
information on individual examples of collaborations across the arts and
sciences, some historic and some contemporary.
Whist a core part of my research has indeed been to track down a broad range
of initiatives in this area, which has to some extent been accomplished by
people contacting me off list with information about their own projects, I
was hoping to generate a bit more discussion about cross disciplinary
collaboration, which is why I also posted the essay that Linda and I wrote
for the conVerge exhibition.
Is the area of collaborative practice across the fields of art and science
perceived to be too policy driven and not responsive enough to artists and
curators needs or desires at present? Or is it just that it is still summer
holidays on the side of the globe that I am not, so contributors to this
list aren't currently active?
As a cultural worker I am personally as interested in process driven
practice as outcomes, which is perhaps slightly at odds with a concept of
curatorship as it is currently practiced (if not defined) in the
contemporary art field. But this concept of process, or indeed research is
central to collaboration across disciplines. But how does this play out in
RL? How do artists find a way in to research fields where they are
generally considered to be outsiders? And how, as curators, do we
facilitate these processes?
I guess I am doing a bit of stream of consciousness in order to provoke
discussion, as I am truly interested in how others have negotiated this
area. I am happy to follow up with examples if others are interested in
pursuing this line of discussion.
Amanda McDonald Crowley
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consultant - New Media Arts Board, Australia Council
Synapse: enabling collaboration between art and science
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