Collectively: a forum on the art of thinking, working and living together

Collectively gathers 60 to 70 participants coming from the arts and beyond, sensitive to developing new ways of working, thinking and living together. They are often motivated by precise social concerns and research interests; many have developed specific tools, strategies or languages; through collaboration they articulate specific ethical positions and experiment with alternative forms of practice.
Collectively strives to create an inclusive and diverse work group.

The forum is conceived as a self-organized sharing space: the relations between participants will be developed through various scores, instructions and protocols proposed to be tested together. During the first two days (24–25 May), workshops are also proposed by 15 of the participants in the studios and spaces of Iaspis. Each day ends with a dinner, performances, screenings and talks. During these two days, the participants will also conceive a public gathering for the third day (26 May) that will take place at Fylkingen, an historical experimental music venue.

If art collectives, and the various forms of collective practice in the field of culture, are often understood in opposition to the artist as individual genius, echoing non-hierarchical forms of organizations and alternative ways of living, today this form is not necessarily a synonym of subversion or emancipation. Parallel to recent developments of network technologies, many collective methods and values have been assimilated by engineering, management, marketing, and by most contemporary political ideologies. It becomes necessary to inquire into how collective practices can foster better social understandings, encourage new forms of solidarity and improve living conditions for everyone.

Collectively creates an environment to test, share, learn and unlearn different forms of knowledge and life tactics, a space to present unforeseen associations between a diversity of contemporary practices and to speculate on the hopes they generate.

Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Program supporting international exchange for practitioners in the areas of visual art, design, craft and architecture. Iaspis' activities aim to enable professionals to develop artistically and improve their working conditions by establishing international contacts between practitioners and professionals such as curators and critics and others active in the field.

25 participant are selected through an open call. If you are interested in applying, please fill this form before 17 March 2019. The list of selected participants will be communicated on 29 March 2019.




Grégory Castéra


Lithuanian Culture Institute




Raimundas Malašauskas
Claire Tancons
Kathryn Weir

top and cover image: courtesy Centre for the Less Good Idea