Collecting and collectivity: though sharing a common root, no two words seem so different. If the act of collecting is a source of individuation from which emanates selfhood, then collectivity opens a field for self-abnegation and group performance. Inquiries into the relationship between collecting and collectivity are especially relevant at a time when the avant-garde has grown suspect of the purities of Marxism while at the same time has become more firmly entrenched in the machinations of the market. Collecting has become not only a practice at the service of the individual collector; it also has evolved to become a practice of community building. We invite submissions from all disciplines – artists working in any media, theorists and historians – that confront and query the dialectic of collecting and collectivity, acquisition and community.
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