Collectivism in art as strategy

Rohaya, Mustapha (2012) Collectivism in art as strategy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Collectivism in art as strategy

There are indeed many ways and reasons which lead artists to choose collectivism in art as strategy. Historically artists have turned to self-organisation for practical reasons and also to seek strength in numbers to counter the dominant systems of art and artistic ontology with critical alternatives. Indeed art collectivism does occur commonly in tis varied forms but is seldom acknowledged as a norm. Today there is increasing visibility of artists collaborating in art making since the turn of the millennium. This exploration is particularly taken up by artists coming together to form collectives. These artists recognise and use interaction and relationships as strategies in art making enabling subjectivities outside of conventional artistic autonomy. Artists working collectively also take on projects which may require much more labour and organization than an individual artist can handle. The willingness to collaborate and work collectively has much to do with the spread of the internet into every facet of life including supporting the social dimension of art. The internet makes it easy to form a group and stick a label to it. Thus there is a need to discern those who use collectivism in art with purpose.
Since the 1990s theoretical frameworks have been offered to explain the phenomenon of artists working collectively. Singapore’s art history is also informative of how and why artists choose to work in groups. This thesis surfaces what these frameworks draw attention to. In addition discussion of collectivism in local art history informs on the kind of collectivism that is often not recognised. The thesis discussed the collective strategies of three Singapore-based artist collectives to provide particular insights into their motivations and working processes. It attempts to seek connections among these collectives as well as their differences. The findings have demonstrated that the art collectives selected are symptomatic of the sense of multiplicities of the contemporary world. Inter-subjectivity have become a new strategy and resource for exploring and expanding the field of art. The contemporary version of the collective format reveals a more dynamic public life and a desire to deal with more varied issues.

Subjects: Fine Arts
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2013 03:35
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2013 03:35

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