The use of the term collaboration today implies social engagement and relational aesthetics to the extent that earlier instances of collaboration are often discussed relative to these developments in contemporary art history. This session considers how collaboration is, and has always been, a vital part of the artistic process by including parties or relationships previously thought to be inconsequential. Specifically, we look to explore how collaboration is manifested in the conceptualization of a work and in the form that work takes. Thus, we ask what an investigation that focuses more on the conceptual and/or dialogical research process may yield? Do seemingly inconsequential ephemeral materials help illuminate the relationship between an artist and her collaborators? How might these elaborations challenge hierarchical models wherein the singular artist is credited with conceptualizing the artwork?
We welcome topics from a wide range of time periods and geographic locations and will give preference to those that are interdisciplinary in their approach. Possible paper topics may include: new approaches to the study of public art wherein an interlocutor(s) play a more prominent role; circumstances in which the collaborator is a corporation, a commercial gallery or civic entity; case studies in which collaboration has gone unaddressed in pre-existing scholarship; papers that rethink the role of fabricators, photo editors, patrons, gallerists and others involved in the artistic process; mediums in which collective work is implicit, such as decorative arts workshops and industrial design, which may have gone ignored in traditional art historical scholarship because multi-authorship is inherent; and collaborations that are hierarchical and gendered, such as those between artist and muse.
Deadline for proposals is May 9, 2014. For submission guidelines and items to include in your proposal, please visit CAA's website.
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