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Open Call: What’s Collective?

Open Call: What’s Collective?

What’s Collective? is an ongoing project of Public Recordings facilitated by Brendan Jensen, Germaine Liu, and Bee Pallomina, Christopher Willes and Evan Webber, and devised by Liz Peterson, Christopher Willes and Evan Webber. 

What’s Collective? offers a site to research ways and means of making that promote shared agency and authorship: a research space facilitated by multiple artists, through which collective approaches to art making can be shared, examined, and renewed. Building on a reading (and rereading) of Jo Freeman’s 1970 text “The Tyranny of Structurelessness”, a reflection on her experiences in the US Women’s Movement, this online exchange will draw on the lived experience of participants, facilitators and antecedents to explore common issues in group work. 

Participants will explore practical elements and systems borrowed from both individual and shared practices of the facilitator team. Through discussion, physical practice, sound-making, listening, writing, and reflection, we will articulate different conceptions of collectivity, identify valences of practice, and consider how group processes can produce positive outcomes inside and outside of art. 

The format of the online exchange extends out of a workshop developed by Public Recordings and partners and first presented January 2020 at Studio 303 (Montreal). Revisited in 2021 with support from the Love-In, What’s Collective? will be presented as the Love-In’s fourth Collective Practice Project. Participants and facilitators will come together weekly over six online sessions to ask the question: how can we make performance better, together? 

For this paid opportunity, the Love-In will invite six participants to explore over the course of six weeks. To apply, please provide the requested information below by 9pm EST on March 1st, 2021. All applicants will be notified by March 8th, 2021.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to reading!

The Lovers & Public Recordings


Participants will receive a $450 honorarium for their participation in the exchange. 

Project Schedule:
All sessions (6) will be held online, and applicants must be available for all dates and times below:

March 18th, 1-3:30PM EST 
March 25th, 1-3:30PM EST 
April 1st, 1-3:30PM EST  
April 8th, 1-3:30PM EST 
April 15th, 1-3:30PM EST 
April 22nd, 1-3:30pm EST 


1 – Short Bio (200 words max)

2- Please provide a letter or short video to describe your interest. We encourage you to refer to experiences working in groups or collectively. We will be assembling a group with as many viewpoints and experiences as we can. 

3- Are there any accessibility needs that we can support through this application process? And/or if you were to join this project?