CYCLE FOUR started on January 1, 2015

List of participants:
New members: Riccardo Boglione, Georgina Torello, Shiv Kotecha, Serkan Ozkaya, Felipe Cussen, Angela Genusa, Maria Salgado, Sophia Le Fraga, Ana Božičević, Gabriela Jauregui, Tyler Coburn, Richard Grayson, Ed Steck, Continuing Participants: Robert Fitterman, Klaus Killisch, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Sabine Herrmann, Kim Rosenfield, Monica de la Torre, Yedda Morrison, Kristin Lucas, Josef Kaplan, Kristen Gallagher, Vanessa Place, Astrid Lorange, Suzanne Treister, Erica Baum, Sam Winston, Chris Alexander, Lawrence Giffin, Eddie Hopely, Andy Sterling, John Paetsch, Gordon Faylor • photo above: Erica Baum

TASK 01: Maybe-Dick, or The Whale
Shiv Kotecha

TASK 02: no repetition
Sophia Le Fraga

Maria Salgado

Angela Genusa

TASK 05: has anyone proposed this before?
Felipe Cussen

TASK 06: “The liberalism of intelligence has no Index.”
Julio Herrera y Reissig, 1899
Create an Index.
Riccardo Boglione

TASK 07:
Serkan Ozkaya

TASK 08:
Back to nature: unearth in broad detail.
Gabriela Jauregui

TASK 09:
Enter ghast mode.
Ed Steck

TASK 10:
Worlds In Collision
Richard Grayson

TASK 11:
Please design a uniform for Collective Task.
Kim Rosenfield

TASK 12:
Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit…
“There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain…”.
Angela Genusa


CYCLE THREE started on March 1, 2013

List of participants: Robert Fitterman, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Andy Sterling, Astrid Lorange (Australia), Madeline Gins, Matvei Yankelevich, Carol Mirakove, Chris Alexander, Eddie Hopely (Australia), Gordon Faylor, John Paetsch, Josef Kaplan, Kim Rosenfield, Klaus Killisch (Germany), Kristen Gallagher, Kristin Lucas, Lawrence Giffin, Patrick Lovelace, Sabine Herrmann (Germany), Vanessa Place, Mónica de la Torre, Yedda Morrison, Sam Winston (UK), Suzanne Treister (UK), Erica Baum, Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala)

TASK 01: A weird object. Not weird because it looks weird or says something weird necessarily. The strangeness of the project is about how people behave in relation to it. How you actually use it or feel it or engage with it is uncertain, ambiguous, ambivalent, doubtful, circumspect, circuitous, or circumvented. Either/or, Neither/nor, Both/and. Between them lies the period of the transformation of the one into the other. Undefined, irregular, unsettled, precarious. What social functions will remain in existence there that are analogous to present functions? More or less modified, more or less transformed, more or less realized. I have now come to the end, for the appendix that now follows in the program does not constitute a characteristic component part of it. Hence, I can be very brief.
Chris Alexander

TASK 02: “… nought but a cunning dupery of sense…” —Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, translated by Samuel Beckett.
Mónica de la Torre

TASK 03: Penmanship – Your running hand
The root of the word cursive is the Latin cursus past participle of currere to run.
Letters do not have to be relentlessly connected.
Your running hand can have rapid legible handwriting that is semi-joined or perhaps uses few, if any joins.
The choice about joining is yours.
Erica Baum

TASK 04: It is here, when everything has been given over to viewing that one perceives that there is nothing left to see. Finish with a good turn in the dust.
Lanny Jordan Jackson

TASK 05: Design a badge/button/pin.
Suzanne Treister

TASK 06: dislocation awareness
Kristin Lucas

TASK 07: Halber Mensch (Half Man)
Halber Mensch is a studio album by Berlin band Einstürzende Neubauten (collapsing new-buildings). It was released on 2 September 1985. wikipedia, lyrics
Klaus Killisch

TASK 08: How low can you go?
Rodrigo Rey Rosa

TASK 09: The Gay Science
Astrid Lorange

TASK 10: Couple and weave the human-animal’s biological processes with other ecological cycles through variants or conceptually linked ideas of shit; ineluctable results; digestion, fabrication, intervention (Arendt). And “the friend”; to or of; embarrassment of riches.
Eddie Hopely

TASK 11: February’s task will honor the life work of our member Madeline Gins who passed away a few weeks ago. I propose that we respond to her work in any way at all. Here is the reversible destiny site again, if you find it useful: www.reversibledestiny.org
Robert Fitterman

TASK 12: Selfie hack
Yedda Morrison


CYCLE TWO started on June 1, 2011

List of participants: Andy Sterling, Astrid Lorange, Carol Mirakove, Chris Alexander, Eddie Hopely, J. Gordon Faylor, John Paetsch, Kristin Lucas, Josef Kaplan, Kieran Daly, Kim Rosenfield, Klaus Killisch, Kristen Gallagher, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Lawrence Giffin, Patrick Lovelace, Robert Fitterman, Sabine Herrmann, Sam Tierney, Stacy Doris, Vanessa Place.

TASK 01: blindfold
Lanny Jordan Jackson
responses + Carol Mirakove

TASK 02: This is inadmissible.
Vanessa Place
responses + Patrick Lovelace

TASK 03: Tribute
Sabine Herrmann
responses+ Patrick Lovelace

TASK 04: Art for a non-human.
Lawrence Giffin

TASK 05: A Grammar
Astrid Lorange
responses + Carol Mirakove, Patrick Lovelace

TASK 06: Deathbed Confession
Andy Sterling

TASK 07: Durational Aesthetics
J. Gordon Faylor
responses + Patrick Lovelace

TASK 08: Jesus & Tequila
Kristen Gallagher

TASK 09: Talk to a cop.
Josef Kaplan

TASK 10: Finger Geometry
Kristin Lucas

TASK 11: [SUBTRACTION/you have to stop doing anything” Oct 8, 2011 – Let’s stop everything for a few days and see if you feel better, and then if you do, we’ll I just need to Stop Doing Anything for awhile. to cutJul 26, 2011 – You can’t afford to go another day doing anything]
John Paetsch
responses + Patrick Lovelace

TASK 12: How does one wrap up a year’s worth of illuminating thought and practice? How to say goodbye to what has been and how to shift our gaze toward what is to come? My friends, that time is nigh: a time to reflect, a time to laugh, a time to cry, in other words, a time for everything under heaven. It is always bittersweet to traverse the threshold of the final chapter. And yet, it is our hope, no, our responsibility, to frame what has been, so that we can look ahead toward what will be. Hence, the vital nature of our task: you are hereby commended to construct a preface for the work of Collective Task. May God be with you!
Kim Rosenfield and Robert Fitterman
Robert Fitterman, Kristen Gallagher, Lawrence Giffin, Sabine Herrmann, Eddie Hopely, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Josef Kaplan, Klaus Killisch, Astrid Lorange, Patrick Lovelace, Kim Rosenfield, Andy Sterling


CYCLE ONE started on March 1, 2006

List of participants: Robert Fitterman, Tim Davis, Mónica de la Torre, Stay Doris, Carol Mirakove, Yedda Morrison, Kim Rosenfield, Lisa Sanditz, Rod Smith, Juliana Spahr, Sabine Herrmann, Klaus Killisch. Volume 1 of Collective Task was designed by Dirk Rowntree and published by Patrick Lovelace Editions.
Responses are shown on cycle 1 web-site.

TASK 01: Create a piece around your first purchase of the month of March.
Robert Fitterman

TASK 02: What is the mainstream, where is the mainstream? How does it work?
What or else shall we do about the mainstream? Talk to me.
Tim Davis

TASK 03: A pin for the many rallies and marches in favor of the rights of illegal immigrants reads: TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES. (All of us are illegal.) Take the issue on.
Mónica de la Torre

TASK 04: exemplify torture.
Stacy Doris

TASK 05: I have in recent months been thinking about the import of celebratory energy in sustaining efforts towards radical change. We witnessed this phenomenon in the antiapartheid revolution and in current movements throughout Latin America. Recently, I felt it in the May Day demonstration in NYC’s Union Square. Bring fiesta to your revolution.
Carol Mirakove

TASK 06: Get on your safety gear (or take it off) and wade your geographic particulars. Read these before you head out….
Yedda Morrison

TASK 07: Send me 50 dollars.
Kim Rosenfield

TASK 08: My October idea is to honor the spirit of Freecycle. That is, all materials used in the project must be used, borrowed, bartered or stolen. No money can change hands for the materials of your project. If you are someone who already freecycles materials in your usual practice, whether it is physical, linguistic, musical or other, please freecycle with a new material or in a new methodology.
Lisa Sanditz

TASK 09: One act.
Rod Smith

TASK 10: Search and browse 4,500 news sources updated continuously.
Juliana Spahr