Autor/ka: Rudi Laermans
Mesto izdanja: Performance Research Journal
Godina izdanja: 2012
Inspired by in-depth interviews with members of the international Brussels dance community and the work of some of the authors associated with autonomous Marxism (P. Virno, A. Negri, G. Agamben), the practice of collaboration within contemporary dance is elucidated from a theoretical point of view. Like other forms of creative or immaterial labour, artistic collaborations mobilize various generic competences and invoke in an often implicit way a cultural common or series of conventions. Processes of joint creation are usually project-driven, which results in a common cause, and generate a social common characterized by ‘co-opetition’ and trust. The social common produced in collaborative practices simultaneously comprises many moments in which the question of artistic worth or aesthetic value is exlicitly adressed through group discussions and discursive negotiations. These instances of collective interpretation and valuation either anticipate or are part of processes of collective decision-making that point to a politics of.commonalism, whose principal stake is the furthering of ‘the commons’ through a common deciding ‘beyond representation’.