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Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design

Dec 22, 2014

Reactor feature in this new book on art collectives by Francesco Spampinato, published by Princeton Architectural Press. The book investigates the mechanisms behind the collective production of culture, through discussion with forty collectives about collaboration, membership, responsibility, audiences and more.

Link to the publisher.

More information on the book and the contributors can be found here.

"The past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to explore new avenues of art, design, performance, and commerce. In Come Together, author and visual artist Francesco Spampinato assembles an international roster of forty of today's most exciting and influential collectives, from design studios like Project Projects and political performance artists The Yes Men to flash mob provocateurs Improv Everywhere and the multimedia artists Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Alongside visual portfolios of their best work are in-depth interviews addressing each group's unique motivations, processes, and objectives. What emerges is a shared desire to turn viewers into producers and to use commercial mass-media strategies to challenge prevailing social, political, and cultural power structures. Come Together is an essential resource and inspiration for students, art lovers, and anyone interested in the cutting edge of visual culture."

With interviews and works by AAS, Åbäke, Andrea Crews, AssumeVivid AstroFocus, Center for Tactical Magic, ChtoDelat, ClubReal, DAS INSTITUT, Dearraindrop, DIS, Discoteca Flaming Star, Grupo Etcetera..., Eva and Franco Mattes, Fallen Fruit, Friends with you, hobbypopMUSEUM, The Icelandic Love Corporation, Improv Everywhere, Instant Coffee, LuckyPDF, Metahaven, Paper Rad, Project Projects, The Propeller Group, PSJM, Public Movement, RAKETA, Reactor, Ruangrupa, SIMPARCH, Slanguage, Slavs and Tatars, Société Réaliste, Space Hijackers, SUPERFLEX, Temporary Services, This is a magazine, Tokyo Picnic Club, WHW, The Yes Men.