Fri, 11 April| A discussion on the implications of artist collectives to contemporary art practice: Talk by artist and curator Jean Barberis

Date: 11th April, Friday
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Infantry Road, Next to Balaji Art Gallery, Bangalore – 560 001. Nearest bus stop is Sivaji Nagar bus stop.

The artist collective is an interesting phenomenon for contemporary art practice. A collective can be understood as a group of people working towards a production or working within the folds of artistic practice. One important contribution a space like the collective does is problematise the understanding of what is mainstream and what is alternative. Both these terms are problematic in their own light, but are integral to the narrative of art history and theory. It is also interesting to note the nature of what is produced by the collective.

Jean Barberis is a maker, an artist, and a curator but he rarely makes a distinction between the various aspects of his practice. His work often revolves around collective initiatives.

A native of Provence, Barberis co-founded Flux Factory’s gallery space and arts collective. He likes to engage artists in the curatorial process, and foster collaborations and encourage the production of ambitious new works.

His interests are vast and varied and include urban exploration, shoe making, boat building, and engaging in exchanges and economies outside of the confines of capitalism.

Collaborators have included, EFA project space, the arts collective Rabid Hands, Swimming Cities, and Mare Liberum. According to Time Out New York, Barberis defies Newton’s laws of motion, which is flattering but slightly exaggerated.

He will be speaking about some aspects of the collective in a city like New York as well as the experience of running a collective.

For further details call Sumitra Sunder at +91 9986 739 269 or Gowthaman Ranganathan at +91 9739 841 724