Collective Task, founded in 2006, is an international group of artists and poets with over 30 participants. Our premise is simple: on the first day of each month a selected member of the collective assigns a task for the other members to be completed within the month. These monthly responses appear ongoing on our website and at the end of a 12-month cycle, we have published these responses as a book or catalogue. The responses vary in medium (video, sound, text, image) and length.
Collective Task develops networking as an art practice. The process of mutual exchange through the internet is central to the collective project overall. The role of the single contributions is amplified by the guiding premise of art as a network. Recalling Mail Art‘s experiences, Collective Task similarly pursues a vernacular of everyday connectedness and dialogue among artists.
In 2012 we performed at MoMA. We were awarded this honor through the Modern Poets Series, curated by Laura Beiles. Over 20 members of Collective Task performed (each for 3 minutes).
For our 3rd cycle, many of the same members have continued, and we invited several new members, including: Sam Winston (UK), Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala), Suzanne Treister (UK), Erica Baum, and Madeline Gins.
In June 2014, the collective performed at the Berlin Poetry Festival.
In 2016 a new catalogue was published. It represents our third printed collection and contains responses from both Cycles #3 and #4. Because we now have over 30 participants and this catalogue represents 2 years of responses, we have asked each artist/poet for only one artwork. It was curated by Laura Boggia and designed by Klaus Killisch.
In December 2016 Collective Task celebrated the 10th anniversary and the new catalogue with a series @ 67 Ludlow Gallery in New York.
photo above: cycle 4 task 11, Sam Winston
COLLECTIVE TASK celebrated the 10th anniversary and the launch of our 3rd and 4th cycles with the publication of a new catalogue and a series of events from December 16th to 17th 2016 @ 67 Ludlow Gallery.
A Collective Task Reading
2015 Nov 1st 7 PM @ 67 Ludlow / Expansion Foam Gallery, New York
Readers are: Kim Rosenfield, Erica Baum, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Sophia Le Fraga, Kristen Gallagher and Andy Sterling
A Night Of Philosophy
Collective Task animates un-dead philosophy.
2015 April 24th 10-12 PM @ Cultural Services of the French Embassy / First Floor / Albertine books
2014 June 9 PM @ Academy of the Arts in Berlin
Performance of Collective Task with: Robert Fitterman, Kristen Gallagher, Sabine Herrmann, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Josef Kaplan, Klaus Killisch, Kristin Lucas, Carol Mirakove, Kim Rosenfield, Monica de la Torre, Yedda Morrison and special guest Halyna Kruk
Modern Poets: Collective Task
2012 March 1st 6 PM @ MoMA, New York