Artists’ group the Institute for Colour have been working with collective processes since 2006. As part of their fifth anniversary, they have invited other artists’ groups, collectives and gatherings to contribute to an exhibition project at Volt under the title of Gruppearbeid.
In Gruppearbeid the Institute for Colour take as their point of departure different contributions they have received from several Bergen-based artists’ groups. These contributions consist of photographs, texts, drawings and collages, which have been adapted by the Institute for Colour to create new collective works. These take the form of silkscreen prints, and the different layers in the prints are the result of negotiations throughout the decision-making process. What does it mean to work as a group? What do collective forms of work consist of? How does a collective work of art come into existence?
The work of the Institute for Colour invokes issues associated with autonomy, the role of theory production in art, and pedagogical models in artistic practice. The aim of the group is to develop projects based on social processes and collective material as juxtaposed with personally authored works of art.
Contributors: Lewis & Taggart, Ytter, Entreé, Hordaland Art Centre, Tag Team Studio, Bergen Kjøtt, Knipsu and PreMisS.
The silkscreen prints were produced during the exhibition Space Station at 0047 in Oslo from 27 - 29 April, where The Institute for Colour set up a silkscreen printing workshop.