“This assumption of the intrinsically repressive nature of collective experience and redemptive power of individuation is a staple of contemporary art theory and criticism. I would argue that a closer analysis of collaborative and collective art practices can reveal a more complex model of social change and identity, one in which the binary oppositions of divided vs. coherent subjectivity, desiring singularity vs. totalizing collective, liberating distanciation vs. stultifying interdependence, are challenged and complicated.”
― Grant H. Kester, The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context
Oakland meeting of the discussion club last month was small but fun. We are still concentrating on Grant Kester’s book, The One and The Many and continuing the discussion on Ben Davis’ 9.5 Theses on Art & Class. They make an interesting pairing and we wanted to give everyone a chance to catch-up. Michael and Soumyaa are hosting.
Inner Richmond, San Francisco
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2pm
Please check email for directions. Don’t let your lack of reading deter you from attending. Mostly it’s a time to get together and have a fascinating discussion, as always seems to be the case with our group.