KALEIDOSCOPE Re-thinking authorship and ownership of ideas seems to be the key to unlocking a relevant cultural discourse today. What’s your take on collaboration?
DOROTA GAWĘDA Collaboration is the core of our work. I feel like we have never really worked outside of that model, so in a sense, for us, it’s the first known way of being an artist. It’s also a way of completely renegotiating artistic production outside of the traditional model of the singular artistic genius, or whatever the cliché of that is.
EGLĖ KULBOKAITĖ Collaboration allows you to give your work to someone else and trust them to change it. I think that’s quintessential.
K How does the notion of “collaboration” affect your own work?
EK It depends in which sphere it’s situated. In writing, for example, it’s interesting to give the work to someone else. They can completely change it, but they also have to feel in a similar way, and you have to trust them to share the same beliefs. We collaborate with a lot of people that are professionals in their own sphere, and we really trust their vision, be it visual or sonic.
DG We engage in all sorts of collaboration. The first one is between the two of us, and that’s kind of where it begins. Also the Reading Group, before it became our art practice, was about finding a collaborative way of sharing knowledge and creating meaning between a group of people, while directing your learning through casual meetings and conversations.