Compromised Collaborations: A Problem Shared…?
This project examines the theme of collaboration and the difficulty it poses to the
artistic integrity of those involved. Proposals were invited in the form of part
finished pieces and ideas specifically created to pose particular problems and/or
to challenge or question the artists/curators acting as co-
The participating artists and their works are as follows:
Whilst acting as resident curator at The Media Centre in Huddersfield, Alice invited Compromised Collaborations to form part of the 2016 programme. In turn, we invited Alice to define the project by creating material for its promotional campaign, including press release and promotional material without having any influence on or having seen any of the finished work. This blind advertising campaign will then be used in promoting the exhibition whilst forming an installation piece in its own right.
Michael proposed a ‘Speculative Studio Space’; a fabricated artist’s working environment based on a single artist's piece, questioning how the artist arrived at the idea, and then assembling a space that assumes the role of their studio. The artist we chose for Michael was Jim Geddes. Having bought a Geddes work at auction in 2015, this was sent to Michael to create a ‘Speculative Studio Space’ and reimagine the legacy of this artist.
Jim Geddes (1932-
Geddes was a prolific, almost obsessive, artist, producing hundreds of unique works that were never shown in his lifetime. He chose obscurity. Geddes lived and worked for many years in London, moving from New York. He was a contemporary of Andy Warhol having studied together at Art College in Pittsburgh. However, Geddes worked according to his own agenda rather than aspiring to art world success.
Robert Good and Fay Stevens
The Unearthing of Jacquetta Hawkes is a three-
"I invite you make sense of a vast and growing collection of material which I call "signs". I have been collecting my signs for perhaps four years now and frankly the collection grows quicker than I can make sense of it, and the more it grows, the harder it gets. Perhaps two people will have a better chance than one to get a handle on this?"
I saw a little empty bottle with a cork plug. I wanted to give it as a present to my boy. I gave it to him empty – and I said to him that in the bottle is my kiss. He studies abroad and I miss him when his not at home so I gave him a kiss to remember. It is a fact, I thought back then, when you kiss me goodbye and then leave – there is a huge emptiness I feel but still I could feel your kiss, your smile and your spirit. This project is about how equal we and our feelings are.
In spring 2014, Netta Sadovsky and Alex Zandi embarked upon a project entitled Infinite Pools. What started in earnest, with epic intentions, would become poisoned by miscommunication and seismic differences of opinion. Six months after the disintegration of their artistic partnership, Netta contacted ‘Compromised Collaborations’ with several hours of unedited footage, seeking assistance in bringing the project to a conclusion and looking for some kind of closure on what had become an episode of misadventure.
We will be presenting a final cut of that film