Peer to Platform: Artist Collective vs. Social Network

1 May 2013

Event times

6:45 pm

Cost of entry

£10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members / £5 ICA Student Members

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross

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Peer to Platform: Artist Collective vs. Social Network


This panel discussion will highlight the overlaps between the way in which a radical artist collective functions and how individuals operate together within the most contemporary of frameworks, the social network. If the radical artist collective is posited as a network for shared political ideals and collaborative production, could it be proposed that an emerging generation of digitally-native artists is more comfortable establishing such structures online? Perhaps the accessibility of virtual space, the promise of relative anonymity and the corporate overtones of online platforms provide the perfect forum to continue the legacy of groups such as Bernadette Corporation. Reflecting on the notion of the network and questions of authorship, ownership, self-promotion, and sincerity, the conversation will explore the ways in which — arguably — the peer-to-peer bond of the artist collective has been replaced by the virtual connections of Facebook and Twitter. Chaired by Ben Vickers, the panel will comprise Lizvlx from UBERMORGEN.COM, Metahaven and Ruth Catlow from Furtherfield.


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