artists & participants
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is proud to present Surplus Authors, a group exhibition exploring the psychological, intellectual, and political dynamics of the term "collaboration."
Outside of personal romance, collaboration is perhaps the most elemental form of politics—just consider how the term plays a hand in ideas as basic as "two heads are better than one" as well as in issues as large as international alliances. To crack open this power relation Surplus Authors looks at a group of artists whose work traces and delineates several fault lines inherent in the act of collaboration from (art) historical and social indebtedness, to trust, generosity, incentives, antagonism, and even cooption. Without laying claim to any illustrative narratives, Surplus Authors presents itself at a time of a growing call for institutions to work together as a promised means to alleviate the reasons for austerity.
As a possible retort, Surplus Authors begs another question: is collaboration an end in and of itself, or is it a tenuous and unfolding process in which psychological, intellectual, and political dynamics are contested and reconstituted?
Participating artists: Michael Blum & Damir Nikšić, AA Bronson & Ryan Brewer, Club Moral, Maya Deren, Song Dong & Yin Xiuzhen, Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer, Chris Evans, Dora Garcia, Luis Jacob & Chris Curreri, Alicja Kwade, Annaïk Lou Pitteloud & Steve Van den Bosch, MadeIn Company, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Ana Roldán & Falke Pisano, Wu Shanzhuan & Inga S. Thorsdottir, Hito Steyerl, Jalal Toufic, Oscar Tuazon, and Ho Tzu Nyen.
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Kurator: Defne Ayas, Philippe Pirotte
Künstler: Michael Blum & Damir Niksic, AA Bronson & Ryan Brewer, Club Moral , Maya Deren, Song Dong & Yin Xiuzhen, Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer, Chris Evans, Dora Garcia, Luis Jacob & Chris Curreri, Alicja Kwade, Annaik Lou Pitteloud & Steve van den Bosch, MadeIn , Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Ana Roldan & Falke Pisano, Wu Shanzhuan & Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Hito Steyerl, Jalal Toufic, Oscar Tuazon, Ho Tzu Nyen