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Conversations and discussion on collective creativity

04.08., 10.00
SWARM INTELLIGENCE. Potentiation of artistic complexity
With Paul Norman and Natacha Diels
Pre-recorded. In English

05.08., 10.00
COLLABORATION AS LIFE PLAN. Impact on artistic and daily practices
With Katharina Pelosi (Swoosh Lieu) and Herbordt/Mohren
Pre-recorded. In German with english subtitles

06.08., 10.00
NETWORKS. Collaboration as communicative process
With Andrea Neumann and Jennifer Walshe
Pre-recorded. In English

06.08., 16.00
With the speakers of the series
On Zoom. In English

Moderation: Michael Rebhahn and Hannes Seidl





Artistic collaboration and collective creativity. On first sight, the concept of this jointly generated artistic creation contradicts everything implicated by the traditional conception of an artist: the creative subject triggering off his or her ideas in the individual logical and therefore ultimately incommunicable processes converted into the work. This model has remained largely unchanged up to the present day: the market still demands a gifted individual or at least a creative mastermind at the head of hierarchically organized production processes.

The collective represents a completely different concept. Collectives have repeatedly established themselves within an artistic context, most favored according to the principles of the avantgarde and possessing the objective of establishing antitheses to what already exists via an artistically critical form of art (for instance Dada, Fluxus, Andy Warhol’s Factory etc.). Concrete works of art remain however as individual creations within the concept of traditional authorship. In contrast, in the design model for collective creativity – i.e. the entire process of production and reception – as put up for discussion within the context of the conversational series COLLABORATIVES is substantially determined by the moment of communality. The work of art as an individual solo performance is pushed into the background by an ‘ensemble’.

Eight composers, performers and artists discuss the benefits and risks of these forms of work and various models of dialogue, responsivity and criticism. How can the concept of collective creativity be described? What can it achieve within the art and cultural sector? How innovative is this concept? Through the consideration of these questions, the series COLLABORATIVES will devote itself to a phenomenon which will have a decisive influence on artistic work processes in the future.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation


Paul Norman:

Natacha Diels:

Katharina Pelosi (Swoosh Lieu):

Andrea Neumann:


We are a group of two. At least. But usually we are more. As an artists-duo we are practicing interdisciplinary approaches to theatre and are therefore continuously collaborating with performers, dramaturges, musicians, composers, visual artists, designers, authors and researchers. With most of them we are connected since more than 10 years. Through ties of shared interests and friendship. For each project the collaborating team finds itself in new constellations. Due to individual time schedules, (un-) available budgets or shifting working focuses. It’s a lively organism, recently named The Institution. Our main goals are: extend the limits of an artform called theatre, question regulations, hierarchies and exclusions of existing infrastructures, find ways to interweave experimental art production with the needs and desires of an every-day-life.