Collaboration’s Liminality. Promises and Pitfalls of ‘the Collaboratory'.
The desire to collaborate originates in real shifts in artists’ working conditions as well as in a political imaginary that both questions and renews existing notions of democracy. Through varied working relationships this desire networks artistic capacities and offers chances for their singularization. This potential, or ‘the collaboratory’ , may be linked to anthropologist Victor Turner’s notion of liminality. This allows a more subtle specification of both some of the sources or media facilitating or inhibiting artistic collaboration and some of the modes of togetherness coming with it. Rudi Laermans is professor of social theory at the University of Leuven and a regular guest teacher at various art schools (a.o. P.A.R.T.S., Brussels and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen). His teaching, research and publications are mainly situated within the fields of social & cultural theory, cultural politics & policy making and the sociology of the arts. His most recent book publications are Moving Together: Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance (Valiz, 2015) and, in Dutch, Klein lexicon van het managementjaron. Kritiek van de nieuwe newspeak (EPO, 2016; together with Lieven Decauter & Karel Vanhaesebrouck). As a critique and essayist, Laermans also regularly contributes to central Flemish cultural periodicals such as De Witte Raaf, Etcetera and rekto:verso.
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