Arts Collaboratory

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Arts Collaboratory Tent at the 56th Venice Biennale

Let’s Strike! Towards an inter-continental platform for art and cultural workers, roundtable discussion, S.a.L.E. Docks. Photo: Binna Choi
Arts Collaboratory Tote Bags, designed by Cooperativa Cràter Invertido, AC Tent 56th Venice Biennale. Photo: Binna Choi

On the occasion of the 56th Venice Biennale, Arts Collaboratory hosted a Tent with the independent initiative S.a.L.E. Docks on 7 May 2015. Cooperativa Cràter Invertido, Mexico City, and Jumana Emil Abboud of Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem—who contributed to the Biennale exhibition, All the World's Futures—led a critical drawing session exploring the political potential of collaborative drawing. The evening also showcased new Arts Collaboratory Map and Tote Bags, designed by Cooperativa Cràter Invertido, representing each of the AC organizations as a unique platform undergoing a process of continual construction. Amongst other AC members and related were 32 East, ruangrupa, DOEN, Casco and many other guests joined including the Mondriaan Fonds team who were a fomer partner for Arts Collaboratory

As part of the AB Strike program, co-organized by S.a.L.E. Docks and MACAO, on the methodologies of networks and transnational collaboration working against the neoliberal framework and the new potentials arising. The forum included a group of diverse art practitioners, social movements and researchers, including: G.U.L.F. (Global Ultra Luxury Faction), Noah Fisher, Florian Schneider, Roberto Ciccarelli and Gregory Sholette. Each presented their different approaches towards social struggles and discussed how to form an inter-continental platform for art and cultural workers. Within this context, Yollotl Alvarado of Cooperativa Cràter Invertido and Jumana Emil Abboud personally presented Arts Collaboratory and the recent discussions of developing a collective future vision that took place at the 2015 Senegal Assembly.

In proximity of the Biennale spectacle and in this so-called age of ‘24/7 work’, the evening concluded that coming together to share trans-local practices under the rubric of 'strike', could potentially offer an important opening to consider different ways of taking our cultural and intellectual labor across borders.