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Making Matters

A Vocabulary for Collective Arts

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  • A glossary of keywords and concepts for enhancing collaboration in art and design
  • Offers a global perspective on transdisciplinary practices

Editors: Janneke Wesseling, Florian Cramer 

Editorial committee: Florian Cramer, Anja Groten, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Pia Louwerens, Marie-José Sondeijker, Janneke Wesseling

Contributors:  Aliens in Green, a.pass / Lilia Mestre, Florian Cramer, Display Distribute / Elaine W. Ho, Feral Atlas / Lili Carr & Feifei Zhou Anja Groten, Thalia Hoffman, Jatiwangi art Factory / Bunga Siagian & Ismal Muntaha, Eleni Kamma, Frans-Willem Korsten, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Pia Louwerens, Dani Ploeger, Kate Rich, Femke Snelting, Olu Taiwo, Janneke Wesseling, West / Baruch Gottlieb, West / Akiem Helmling, Z. Blace

Partners: Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University; Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam; Waag, Amsterdam; West Den Haag; Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam

Support: Dutch Research Council (NWO), part of the project 'Bridging art, design and technology through Critical Making' (project number 314-99-203), research programme Smart Culture

Design: Hackers & Designers

June 2022, Valiz with support from Dutch Research Council (NWO) | Pb, 20 x 11 cm (h x w) | 336 pp. | English | ISBN 978-94-93246-11-9

Press 

  • Click here to read the review by Regine Débatty for We Make Money Not Art (4 November 2022)
  • (Only in Dutch) Click here to read the preview 'Ondergrondse kunst moet de barbarij het hoofd bieden' by Janneke Wesseling in NRC (16 June 2022)

The world today faces overwhelming ecological and social problems and the concern for material existence on earth is more pressing than ever. Making Matters spells out various roles that visual artists and designers play facing these issues. Collective action is necessary and inevitable.
Collective action often changes the artist’s identity and working habits: from individuality and autonomy to collectivity and collaboration, both locally and globally. These developments have given rise to new kinds of collective art and design practices: artists work together with non-artists, make products for their local environment and take on multiple identities, such as researcher, community activist, computer hacker or business consultant. 
Making Matters looks at art practices across all continents that do not conform to a Western concept of art nor to traditional distinctions between art, design, research and activism—where the boundaries between art, design, research and activism become blurred or are dissolved.
The entries in this vocabulary experiment with concepts and keywords of current art practices that may no longer be recognizable as art.