Round Table [Collaboration]

Collaborative Drawing , UC Berkeley School of Education 2017

Collaborative Drawing, UC Berkeley School of Education 2017

Round Table projects are leaderless collaborations in which groups of participants produce sets of artworks. The Round Table process is such that these sets always comprise the same number of pieces as participants.

The character of a Round Table project is one of artistic liberty within a structure of interdependence. Each collaborator operates independently, contributing according to their own judgment at every stage. Meanwhile, all members of a group depend on one another to affect the works-in-progress, and keep them moving through the sequence.

Each finished piece can be said to have one principal author, and a number of contributing authors.

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  • A group is assembled, and a circular pattern is derived and sequenced.

  • Each participant in a sequenced group initiates a work-in-progress.

  • Each participant passes this first-stage work to the next participant in the sequence, and so, each receives a first-stage work from the sequentially prior participant.

  • Each contributes to the first-stage work they received, transforming it into a second-stage work.

  • This second-stage work is passed along as before, and so, also as before, everyone in the group receives a second-stage work.

  • Each contributes again, and passes along in the prior manner.

  • This continues until the final-stage, when each participant receives the piece they, themselves, initiated (having now passed through the hands of all other group members).

  • Each participant completes the work they started, and when all group members have done so, the set is complete.

Each participant is considered the principal author of the work they initiate and complete, and a contributing author of the rest.


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