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After School – Collective Strategies


Overview        Talks        Workshops        Open Call



Talks (booking available soon)

Saturday 18 May 2019


Fields of Collectivity
Anthony Luvera

The practice of photography is built on many different kinds of contribution, co-production, and collaboration. From the employment of technicians and skilled assistants; the development of ideas and sharing knowledge with colleagues, peers, teachers and mentors; through to employing strategies designed to enable participation and co-creation by subject/participants, these various forms of labour and co    ntribution converge in the realisation of the photographer's 'unique vision'. In considering these different fields of collectivity underpinning a practice, Anthony Luvera probes some of the practical, theoretical and ethical issues that can arise when working together.

The Group and The Individual
Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Over the years, Carles-Tolra has been spending time with a variety of communities hoping to understand what defines them and the role they play in the lives of the individuals who are part of them. Her approach has evolved from an observational/documentary approach to a more collaborative one - involving performance and fiction. In this talk, Alejandra will reflect on the different ways a more collaborative approach is overall changing her work and her relationship with her sitters. She’ll also comment on how her practice as a participatory photography facilitator is having an influence in her process.


Saturday 8 June 2019


A history of creative collaboration and a consideration of its wider social significance
Ellen Mara De Wachter

The talk traces the history of collaboration through the 20th century up to the present day, considering a series of geopolitical and interpersonal questions, and leading into an exploration of some of the wider economic, political and social questions raised by widespread collaboration - for example through the communications internet and the internet of things.

Resolution is not the point.
Hemera Collective

Hemera Collective is an evolving curatorial group formed by singular interests and experiences. A discussion of inspirations and approaches with a focus on how exhibition spaces can become a common ground based on trust, as well as a negotiated space for multiple, shifting perspectives and socio-economic debates. Specifically, the talk will highlight how we approach working together to curate exhibitions and pursue long term interests.


Saturday 15 June 2019


Why do it together when you can do it alone?
David Morris and Grace Samboh

'The way our society works does not leave us space nor time to move alone. (This might need a longer conversation.) So, most likely things are done together. Some people call it DIWO. But, these terms... Unlike Coca-Cola which is definitely an imported culture, the fact that we always rely on each other and do things together have been in our culture since forever, maybe even before that.' This presentation will discuss collective initiatives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia since the 1990s.

Hal Silver

Hal Silver will open up the Hal archive - a series of research projects, role-play, games and mythology as strategies for collaboration. Hal will look at the relationship of the individual to the group and attempt to answer the question who/where/what is Hal.