Current enthusiasm towards collectivity within the artworld, including within prize-giving culture, harbours a certain romanticising of collectives, a simplification of collective practice suggesting that collective work - be it artistic, curatorial, or within an arts organisation - is somehow automatically emancipatory and egalitarian, that collectivity by its very nature preserves the promise of equality and inclusivity. But the reality of working collectively is filled with challenges and those working collectively are no less vulnerable to exploitation than individual cultural workers. Glossing this fundamental truth can risk both the replication and the masking of inequalities under the broad label of collectivity.
In the Autumn 2022, the research project 'And Others: The Gendered Politics and Practices of Art Collectives' hosts four panel discussions to investigate different questions central to collective work. Building on two months of asynchronous collective writing, involving eighteen participants, the panelists below consider how we might write, think, read and practice together through other means.