I just finished my thesis: 40 pages! (with pics) on the means and benefits of collaboration in the careers of Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, and Janet Cardiff -all of whom have made it a driving element throughout their careers.
This seems to be the path I am following as well, and I’m happy to have that be the case. Being a visual artist can be very isolating and in order to keep myself from becoming even more seperate from the world I have developed various means to work with others. Mainly writers, now a couple of musicians, almost always the audience, and I think next will be a direct collaboration with another visual artist. For me that will be the most challenging. Working with artists of other disciplines allows us each control over our own areas, but if I am to work with another visual artist those boundaries will be unclear and I will have to give up some of my control over the work. I feel this will be good for me and for my art, I am a bit dictatorial about the execution of my ideas. Not that I don’t appreciate and take the advice of my fellow artists in regard to the work I make – it’s the supremacy of my idea that I insist upon and this probably needs to be broken down a bit.
I’m rambling. It’s the morning in Berlin, I’ve been up for hours with my serial insomnia. Time to gather up my stuff and go to the Zoo.