Book review of Collaboration in 21st Century
In recent years, the classical notion of authorship, which governs most intentionalist positions, has been challenged by philosophers who recognize that what has traditionally been viewed as a singular effort rather reflects teamwork or collective action, giving rise to “coauthorship.” Problem is, most human efforts are collective, yet very few are actually coauthored, let alone art. Providing in‐depth access to sixteen real‐life artistic collaborations, Collaborative Art stirs up this debate. By exploring post‐millennial technology's influence on collaborators near and far, this anthology moves the bar beyond collective ventures such as filmmaking, theater, musical performances, and exhibitions. The editors claim that collaboration is “a necessity of artistic survival,” since it enables participants to assemble across vast distances, which Collaborative Art’s multi‐continental reach accomplishes. Moreover, new technologies grant collaborators greater autonomy over their projects, as they carve out new paths, previously blocked by gatekeepers. Concentrated on recent strategies, this book offers insight into avant‐garde artworks and ambitious projects that typically escape the purview of aesthetics. It is divided into surveys of collaborative art that have proved to be: remarkable success stories, plagued by problems, and novel solutions.