7 Jul 2011

Collective Body disembodied

Posted by Carole Kirk

Collective body student workClare Charnley (Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University)

Collective Body disembodied: interrelationship of the physical and the digital in an international collaborative student project

Abstract: Collective Body is a creative collaboration of students and staff from four universities across three continents. Its aim is to use digital technology and the internet to explore and develop a model of artistic communication and production within a range of different groups. Artworks produced are later brought together to present multiple accounts of meetings of cultures and consciousnesses.  The project was initiated by Patricia Azevedo, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil and Clare Charnley.

The project has been running for three years. In 2011 it included masters and undergraduate Fine Art and Photography students from; The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and The University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.
A website is used for participants to put forward and discuss ideas, negotiate partnerships and build collaborative visual, audio or text work with people they have never met.

A video conference for all participating staff and students, takes place at the end of each year. Although the project has an agreed philosophy, Collective Body is run in a flexible way that allows the participating institutions to utilise different approaches to selection, assessment, relation to the curriculum and, to some extent, reflection and presentation.

Edit: Here is Clare’s presentation: Digital Reflection Presentation by Clare Charnley