Arts Collaboratory

Arts Collaboratory, founded in 2007 and existing in its current form since 2015, is an ecosystem of 25 like-minded organizations situated predominantly in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe all of whom are focused on collective governance of the network. The organizations engage in expanded artistic and curatorial practices for social change, as well as sustainability practices in their respective contexts.

A drawing. Red shapes on a blue background.

Image: Arts Collaboratory, AC Ecosystem, drawing by Cráter Invertido, Mexico

Arts Collaboratory has a self-governing structure organized through assemblies, “bangas” (physical encounters between organizations), working groups, and collaborative projects. They connect communities, curatorial, activist and artist collectives, as well as people and organizations with different languages, interests, and from diverse cultural backgrounds. The aim of unlearning capital- and productivity-driven working methods is central to the way the network thinks but also lives.

The collective’s principles are given form in artistic projects that range from residencies, exchanges, and curatorial inquiry to community action and co-publications across the ecosystem. Such projects create tools that allow for new channels of creation and “radical imagination” beyond geographic, political, and linguistic divides. Past projects include, Territories 2.0, Here And Now, Minga: Exploring Utopia, Scattered Seeds, AC School, and Falling off to the Periphery.

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