Calamity or Conquest?
COLLABORATIVE PROCESS IS EXCITING and packed with
creative energy. Working with other artists from a
variety of backgrounds and disciplines have been some
of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an
artist. I can also say in the same breath that it
can be frustrating and time consuming.
understanding of collaboration is one very much like
the miracle of childbirth. The proud parents gladly
show-off the anxiously awaited newborn child, but
it does not come into this world without birth pangs.
The successes, I find, are the initial brainstorming
sessions, the art making process and the exhibition
of the finished product. The downers are dealing with
the participants' schedules, decisions about details
and the occasional ego power spike. Of course, it
does depend on the type of collaborative experience.
Sometimes it's as easy as one artist handing over
artwork to another artist in order for the second
artist to add some stuff and make a few changes. I
actually don't consider this a true collaborative
experience, as only the outcome is a new idea (and
a strange Frankenstein's monster at that).
a project requires a collaborative spirit based on
its size and scope. For example, most film and video
artists team up with like-minded artists in order
to see a completed project through. The nature of
the media dictates the necessity of many artists because
video is complex and time consuming.
not be troubled, my friends, but be encouraged as
collaboration is the art of tomorrow. Very few new
ideas are created by the mind of just one. It is the
shared experiences and ideas that new things are made.
US President Woodrow Wilson once said, "I not
only use all of the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
said, President Wilson.