Co-lab editions - The publication will be launch together with live performances and a retrospective exhibition of the 10 editions of Co-lab program constituted by video documentation, interviews, objects and pictures. The Publication, follows the journey of ten collaborative performances that took place in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. These ten editions were an innovative investigation fostering new dialogues about performance, collaboration, and collective and individual memory. The publication traces the program's arc through images, reviews and critical texts while examining some of the larger issues surrounding contemporary performance: archiving, authorship, the ephemeral and the production of knowledge through performance.
In recent years performance has become increasing visible in the field of contemporary art, resulting in a wide range of international museums turning their focus towards developing new ways to produce, present and capitalize on the genre. However, regardless of the heightened attention, or perhaps because of it, there seems to be no consensus on how to deal with performance art works. Despite being recognized as one of the most significant artistic forms of the 20th century, evident in its growing popularity and acceptance, performance still remains an “essentially contested concept.” In other words, “its very existence is bound up in disagreement about what it is, and that the disagreement over its essence is itself part of that essence.”1
For curators this lack of agreement necessitates forming new methods of employing and considering traditional curatorial modes. In this sense, performance has changed the role of the curator and consequently the institutional space for presenting art. As the curator of Co-lab Editions, I decided to use the “taking care” etymology of the word “curator”, thus shifting the role of curator from taking care of objects to taking care of artists. This embodied sense of the word was demonstrated by the close attention paid to the artists and their collaborations. Acting as curator, witness, friend, and resource, I learned just how difficult collaboration - the ability of working together, allowing different people, with common objectives, to attain uncommon results – is. Each collaboration became a game of action vs. reaction, where artists constantly negotiated, through different criteria, the authority and control over their own bodies and ideas. Consequently, these collaborations and their resulting works became a rumination on the practice itself. Through their time based presentations and open discussions that were documented and archived, these ten collaborations are now open to be referenced and re-contextualized, essentially creating and becoming a system for sharing knowledge.
Ali Alfatlaw (Iraq/Switzerland), Wathiq Gzar Alameri (Iraq/Switzerland), Abdallah Shmelawi (Iraq/Austria), Shannon Cochrane (Canada), Andrés Galeano (Spain/Germany)
Featured artists: Essi Kausalainen (FIN) Alastair Maclennan (SCT), Nezaket Ekici (TUR/DE), Kurt Johannessen (NOR), Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Lan Hungh (Taiwan), Ieke Trinks (NL), Jacques Van Poppel (NL), Leena Kela (FIN), Tomasz Szrama (PL), Juha Valkeapää (FIN), Kimmo Modig (FIN), Nathalie Bikoro (GA), Serge Olivier Fokoua (CM), Ruth Feukoua (CM), Marc Patrick Tchambou (CM), Willem Wilhelmus (NL), Maurice Blok (NL/FIL) Andrés Galeano (SP/DE), Antoni Karwowski (PL), Márcio Carvalho (PT), Magnus Logi Kristinsson, (FIN/ISL) Stefan Riebel (DE)
Text Authors: Jens Brockmeier, Shannon Cochrane, Márcio Carvalho, Bonaventure Soh Ndikung, Jaime Schwartz, Pauline Doutreluingne and Ioana Muntenescu
Curator: Márcio Carvalho
Director: Bonaventure Ndikung
Designer: Joana Silva
Chief Editor: Jaime Schwartz
More info: http://co-labeditions.blogspot.de/